Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.
Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it. (summary from Goodreads)
Smith has crafted a beautiful and emotional story that is sure to capture the heart of every reader.
Hadley misses her flight to London by just 4 minutes - and everything changes. Travelling to London for just one day in order to be a bridesmaid in her father's wedding, Hadley would prefer to be doing anything else. Since he left her and her mother for Charlotte, Hadley hasn't had much of a relationship with her father...and refuses to have any with Charlotte, no matter how many phone calls or emails she sends. Taking a later flight means only just making it in time for the wedding and even further tension between Hadley, her father, and Charlotte...but it also means meeting Oliver, also visiting London for a family event and seated next to her on the flight. Oliver and Hadley click almost immediately, and as the get to know each other the connection between them only grows. During a day high in emotion, a chance meeting that changes everything is not what Hadley expected.
I was desperate to read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight as soon as I heard about it and when I finally had it in my hands, I didn't wait to devour it! I loved the idea of a story set over just one day - but I must admit to being a bit apprehensive too. I couldn't help but wonder if it'd be paced too fast and lost some of it's realism, or that Hadley and Oliver's relationship would smack of insta-love. Well, I needn't have worried. Smith has done such an amazing job, relating an emotionally captivating story that I could not put down. There is much more to The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight than fun and romance - Smith touches on all sorts of relationships with a depth that resonates, from romantic to family, and that every reader will connect with, in some way or another. While still a fast-paced narrative and quite a quick read, the story never lags or races - truly, it is perfect in every way!
Hadley and Oliver's relationship is everything I want from a budding romance...sweet, funny, adorable, and absolutely memorable! Their connection never felt contrived but utterly believable - a chance meeting, instant attraction, and then getting to know each other during a day high in emotion for each of them for very different reasons. I am such a romantic, so honestly, that they meet right when they need someone to lean on, just a little, makes my heart skip a beat. There's no declaration of everlasting love here, just two people with an attraction to each other and a connection filled with the hope of more. That's what The Statistical Probability of Love is for me - connection and reconnection. Besides forming a new relationship with Oliver, Hadley also has a very strained relationship with her father to contend with and I found this to be just as important as it effects all of her relationships in some way, including those with her mother and new stepmother. I love how Smith handled all of these issues, giving us flashbacks to Hadley's problems with her father, and using Oliver's own issues as a bridge from which Hadely begins to reconnect with her father. Everything comes together just so in a way that gives this novel a little magic and destiny, which I can't help but to swoon over.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is packed full of hard hitting emotion, varying between highs and lows as Hadley and Oliver get to know each other, Hadley faces her father, and finally learns the truth about Oliver's being in London. For a quick read - and timeline of just one day - Smith covers a lot...certainly more than I initially expected! It's a whirlwind of a day and felt authentic in every way. Some days so much goes on you just can't believe only 24 hours have passed, and Hadley and Oliver most definitely experience just this kind of day - and readers along with them. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight isn't an overly light read, tackling all sorts of emotions, and is entirely fulfilling. You'll leave it sighing...and wishing for just that little bit more!
Publisher: Little Brown
Published date: 2 January 2012
Format: Kindle edition
Challenges: 2012 Debut Author Challenge;