Book Review/Booktalk: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight By Jennifer E. Smith

Monday, May 25, 2015
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight Review

You know that feeling you have when you finish an amazing book written by an amazing author; well that is exactly how I feel this book was amazing you should really read it. This author has always been a favorite of mine, but this time she outdid herself.

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Published by Poppy (January 1, 2013)
Pages: 272
Source: Library 

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother 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 sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it. *end of non-spoiler section*

Rating

★★★★★

Favorite  Quote

"It's not the changes that will break your heart; it's that tug of familiarity."

I love this book so much... I can't even say how much, it's just so wonderful. Hadley and Oliver were really cute. They work well together. The first time they met, was one of the best scenes in this book. I liked how Oliver helped carry her suitcase for her. Something I appreciated was the author didn't make it too cliche, like how she didn't stick them together but one seat apart. The airplane scenes were really cute, I loved the writing. Jennifer E. Smith can really write good romance scenes. The old lady sitting next to them was a really good addition.

So her father, I was actually quite shocked when I completely figured out the situation. In American culture having an affair is rather looked down upon. So like Hadley I was expecting a jerk father and a vixen stepmother. However, that wasn’t the case. Jennifer E. Smith's books are really eye opening; it has helped me to see both sides of a problem. I'm not saying cheating on your wife isn't wrong, it is awful. But, her stories especially this one brings light to some very difficult things.

Now let’s talk about Oliver's family, while Hadley's situation is sad, Oliver's was terrible. To have a father who constantly cheated on your mother must be horrible. Unlike Hadley's situation where the Father was brave enough to leave, Oliver's father didn't, causing the whole family to be miserable. I enjoyed how this story showed two different outcomes of this situation. This also helped Hadley understand that even if her father had left Charlotte behind the family would never truly be what it was before.

I believed in the beginning that Hadley had every right to be mad and angry at Charlotte and her father. However as the story progressed I started to realize that love even in the real world is unpredictable. In my opinion her father should have divorced his wife and then dated Charlotte, not the other way around. But, overall I believe the father was truly sorry for what he did, and Charlotte had not meant to be a home wrecker. However not all affairs end like this one, hence Oliver's father.

When Hadley pieced together the funeral and Oliver, I think that was kind of a stretch. That funeral could have been for anyone. But, at the same time I sort of agree with what happened Oliver's tux was black and he never said he was going to a wedding just kind of assumed that. Though I guess romance is romance.

The scene in the church was really hard to read, I got really angry at Oliver. Here is this girl who just went out of her way (even skipping her father's wedding pictures) to be here. And, then he proceeds to push her away and leave. I like how she left the book; I just love the little details especially in romance.

I felt the part when she got back and broke down in front of her father was crucial to the plot. The bonding scene is very sweet, and was one of my favorite to read. So when they finally figured out all there problems and went down to the reception, I was beaming on the inside. Hadley asks about the baby and, her father’s reaction to that is so adorable. Especially, when she says she wants to be part of his life again. I was so happy to see the bond between them coming back.

OMG! When Oliver finds her on the bench… It was really cute; however one question stayed in my mind. How did he find her? I really want a novella, but who knows….