Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight: A Review

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. 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. 


Such a fun, quick read that also had some depth to it. Hadley and Oliver meet in an airport on their way to London. They just so happen to be sitting side by side on the airplane and spend 7 hours talking about the important things in life - talking ducks, favorite colors, weddings, and whiskey. And then they go their separate ways as Hadley makes her way to her father's wedding.

When we meet Hadley, she's a shell of mixed emotions and a lot of anger toward her father. Smith does an excellent job of having Hadley jump the hurdles in her life and reach the other side being stronger for it. We see a lot of growth as she travels to London and makes decisions that not only affect her, but her father as well.  

With Oliver we don't see quite as much change, but the story isn't about him quite as much as it is about Hadley and her family. But we do see a side of him at one point that was so real and true that it nearly broke my heart.

I enjoyed this story quite a bit and definitely could see myself revisiting it. It is a love story, but it's so much more than that at the same time. Definitely worth reading.

Have you read it? What'd you think?



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