Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight By Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: January 2, 2012

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.

This book was amazing.  It made me laugh, it made me cry and it just made me feel.  I couldn't put it down, I wanted to read it so bad I even read it while I was at work, just don't tell anyone lol.  This book was perfect. 

We first meet Hadley at the airport, she just missed her flight, she's on the way to her dad's wedding to a woman she's never met before.  Through all this she's still angry and keeps thinking maybe this was meant to happen, her missing her first flight.  At the airport while waiting for the next flight they could get her on she meets a boy who helps her lugging her bag around the airport, Oliver.  Their meeting is pure chance, I'm not going to lie I wish things like this happened to me.  She is very claustrophobic and as luck turns out Oliver has a seat right next to her (well technically a seat over next to her but turns out the lady that has that seat lets him sit there).  Oliver and Hadley spend the entire flight talking (when they weren't nodding off).  Their conversations were too funny, he really did make me laugh quite a bit.  It really helped Hadley ease the tension and her phobia.  By the end of the flight they have to go their separate ways but it's as if they don't want to leave each other.  When Hadley gets out of customs she finds out that she can't find Oliver anyway and she only has about an hour to get to the church for the wedding, she's a bridesmaid.

She finally makes it to the wedding and realizes she doesn't get to talk to her dad before she has to walk down the aisle.  It's all very stressful for her because it's just weird watching her dad getting married to someone else.  After the ceremony they are all waiting to take pictures.  After a few pictures Hadley overhears something and knows that she has to go and find Oliver.  She leaves the wedding party with a very angry father and heads to look for Oliver.

She eventually finds him and they have a talk about his family and her family and they end it on a not so happy note.  Now Hadley is rushing back to make the reception.  When she gets back she finally breaks down and talks to her dad about everything that has gone on all day and the feelings she has towards him.  It really hit home for me and I couldn't help but get all caught up in the emotions they were feeling. They make it to the reception and everything turns out better than she expected.  She goes outside for some fresh air and to talk to her mom.  After her conversation, you've guessed it ... Oliver is outside crashing her party. 

It was just great, they have the best story to tell for their future because they met an airport.  Think about it what a great story this is.  Loved it, can't wait to read what else Jennifer E. Smith has in store for us.  I have to go and research and look for her other books because I loved her style of writing.

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