Monday, July 29, 2013

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

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.

I was on the hunt for a great summer read.  I'd come across this title several times, and had already added it to my TBR list a while back but for some reason another read always bumped it down on the list.  Looking back now, I can't believe I denied myself the chance to read Smith's work until now.  I could not have found myself a better read for these hot summer months we're having.  It was light, fun, filled with a lot going on, but yet never enough.  Smith's main characters were everything I wanted and so much more.  The scenes she painted were detailed and full of life, and had me wanting to get myself to the closest airport, and eventually the beautiful city of London.  As if I didn't already want to make my way over to that historic city, Smith had me itching to buy my ticket across the pond that much more!
I'm not sure how to describe my thoughts when it comes to this read, but I can say that everything Hadley and Oliver went through and every way they handled situations was a joy to experience.  I loved their fast paced conversations that seemed to come so natural to them as they flowed across the pages.  Their personalities were infectious and truly the whole thing was just adorable from start to finish.
When Summer rolls around, it's hard for me to tackle books that are as thick as tomes and contain material that brings nothing but suspense and anxiety.  I like fun adventures, and light material while I'm trying to avoid the heat waves we experience.  Smith delivered all of that and more.  I know some reviewers have critiqued the lack of an epilogue and the way Smith decided to wrap things up, but if you ask me she did it just right.  She knew her characters better than anyone and I think she nailed it!

1 comment:

  1. Wow-I had such a different reaction. I read this New Year's Eve and found it incredibly emotionally devastating-not a fun, light read at all. Interesting how we had such different reactions.



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