The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publication Date: Jan 2012
Classification: YA Novel
Challenge: 2012 Ya Contemporary Challenge
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I instantly liked Hadley and Oliver when I read about both of them. They had this instant connection that for once didn’t feel fake or forced in a YA book. I loved that neither one of them every claimed that they were in love with each other at page 3 like some YA novels have done in the past. This novel only happens in a 24 hour time period but those 24 hours, or 230ish pages will leave you laughing, crying, and so in love.
Hadley and Oliver instantly can talk to each other about anything. Oliver mostly takes the route of being hilarious and it loosens Hadley up to the idea of different things in life. One of their jokes is about what Oliver is studying at Yale during his summer. He keeps stating he has a grant for some research and every time the topic of his research changes to be the joke at hand. The way these two just feed and bounce off of each others’ jokes and energy is really something you have to read for yourself. I know my favorite characters are ones just like Hadley and Oliver. I love when characters can have witty conversations back and forth, and yet be so real with each other.
Later on in the novel once Hadley and Oliver have lost track of each other, because they lost each other in the customs line coming into London, they reunite on the same day. This is where both characters shine because they open up to each other about what is really going on in their life. I love the flash backs from Hadley’s life so that the reader gets to see what possessed her father to leave when he went on a trip to London for being a professor at Oxford. It will really pull on your heartstrings. I was not expecting this novel to make me cry, yet it did.
Overall, this was a quick, cute, fun, and emotional read that you just have to give a shot. I was not expecting this novel to be this great or to make me feel so many things within such a short page span. You really have to give it a try and for me it was a 5 heart book.
Ultimately, I loved the message in this book that you never know what could happen when you make one decision versus another or if you just happen to be 4 minutes late for that plane.