Book Reviews

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by: Jennifer E. Smith

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“Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world.”

Seventeen year old Hadley has missed her flight to London for her father’s wedding. A father she hasn’t seen in a year and to a stepmother she has never met. She has never missed a flight in her life. But sometimes, things happen for a reason….

“She’s four minutes late, which doesn’t seem like all that much when you think about it; it’s a commercial break, the period within classes, the time it takes to cook a microwave meal. Four minutes is nothing….Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?”

I read someone described this story “like chocolate; it’s addictive, sweet and leaves you with a feeling of pure happiness”. I couldn’t agree more!

I was impressed  that a story in this genre (YA/NA/Teen) didn’t have life shattering dilemmas, inappropriate language, steamy love scenes, a paranormal twist (which many do lately) and still brought out an emotional response that will stay with me. It didn’t use those cheap, instant ploys to suck you in. The characters felt real with real emotions and I found it refreshing that Jennifer E. Smith found the perfect balance between heartache and humor.

The conversations and interactions, while brief (24 hours), between Oliver and Hadley were poignant and humorous. Hadley has a fear of flying and close spaces and Oliver’s wit, charm and genuine concern make the flight every single person’s dream! It just reiterates that sometimes you connect with people right away and can have more in common than one would think with a stranger.

“Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world.”

“Is it possible not to ever know your type-not to even know you have a type-until quite suddenly you do?”  

Hadley brings along a book given to her by her father which she has never read. A gift that she wants to give back without reading. The quotes from “Our Mutual Friend” by Charles Dickens were fitting and intrigued me to want to add that book to my “to be read” pile.

“Is it better to have had a good thing and lost it, or never to have had it?”

The story also covers the topic of family. Even if it falls apart, the memories and relationships you create are important regardless if you continue to live under the same roof. I thought  the topic of divorce was covered honestly and while Hadley’s parents move on and pull their lives together, she is left trying to figure it all out, like most children of divorce experience. I loved the fact that Hadley’s mother really makes an effort for Hadley to have some sort of relationship with her father. She isn’t bitter and reminds Hadley that he is still an important part of her life. Even if she doesn’t realize it at seventeen. Hadley’s experience with Oliver puts into perspective how the difficult things you go through in life could always be worse, which she comes to realize in the end.

“He’s still her dad. The rest is just geography.”  

I wanted the story to continue!! I want more Hadley and Oliver! He is such an intelligent, witty and kind soul and boy was she fortunate to run into him at the airport! Don’t worry though, the ending won’t leave you hanging just hopeful. 🙂

“The idea that their paths might have easily not crossed leaves her breathless, like a near-miss accident on a highway, and she can’t help marveling at the sheer randomness of it all. Like any survivor of chance, she feels a quick rush of thankfulness, part adrenaline and part hope.”

“No one is useless in this world, who lightens the burden of it for any one else.”

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