Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Date Released: January 2nd, 2012
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Phew! That's a long title (I'm shortening it to THSPLFS)) is one of the cutest stories, right up there with Anna and the French Kiss. Why is it right up there with Anna and the French Kiss? Well, for starters, the male love interest is British. And then the book is set in England. Everything was just so darn cute!
Obviously, the book is pretty predictable (you can kind of tell by the cover), but it's everything in the middle that makes it so intriguing. The middle isn't just about Hadley realizing that she's in love with Oliver, but she also tries to come to terms with the fact that her father is remarrying... In a completely different country. There's also the longing that Hadley goes through of needing to see Oliver again. Her little adventure to go find him was really fun, too, since she was kind of exploring London at the same time, although in a bit of a rushed mode.
Oliver was SO cute. He makes me wish that I could meet a British gentleman (yes, he was very much a gentlemen) in an airport on the way to England. He was just incredibly kind to Hadley and super duper funny. I really liked Hadley, too. I guess in a way she could be stubborn and a bit of a brat with not wanting to meet her stepmother and all, but she was still cool. She had this sort of fragileness that made her fit with Oliver.
I totally wish that THSPLFS could have been a bit longer though. It's such a short book! I guess it's understandable as to why it's so short; it's about love at first sight after all. But still, I wanted to be stuck in this world of love at first sight for at least more than two days (the amount of days it took me to read it).
Overall, THSPLFS was an incredibly cute book. It was really sweet and adorable, and just the whole setting and the characters in general really sucked me into the novel. Definitely give it a shot if you're looking for a novel similar to Anna and the French Kiss, because it pretty much has that foreign country, English boy theme. It doesn't quite beat Anna, but it's close ;)
The cover is almost just as adorable as the book. I love the couple with the heart around them and how they're in a somewhat crowded airport sort of ignoring every thing around them. The font for the title absolutely adds to the cuteness factor of the cover. However, I'm not the biggest fan of the people in the background because it makes the cover seem sort of creepy in a way. Other than that, it's a cute cover :)
*Description and cover from goodreads.com
**Review copy purchased.