Thursday, June 26, 2014

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

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: January 2, 2012
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: Young Adult
Add it: Goodreads
Source: Bought
Page Count: 236 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
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?

 My Thoughts

I picked up The Statistical Probably of Love at First Sight (which I'm going to refer to as Stats for the rest of the review because, good god what a mouthful of a title, am I right?) after finishing Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (and loving it), just wanting a nice and light-hearted chick lit to pick myself up after my book hangover. Little did I know that Stats was going to make me sob like a little girl and make my book hang over even worse.

Stats was such a great book and it while it was what I was expecting, the heart and emotional journey both Hadley and Oliver take took me completely by surprise. This book made me look at my family and how we deal with things and it made me super emotional. On the one hand, Hadley parents talk about the hard stuff and deal with them, like Hadley's father leaving their family; On the other, Olivers family keep their hardships to themselves, never wanting to bring things to the surface and making a spectacle, opting to avoid the awkwardness and just stay aloof to all the problems they do not want to deal with. What made me sob my eyes out so hard is just how much I can relate to both stories equally. 

The romance aspect was definitely my favorite part. Even though the story was set in literally a 24-hour period, Hadley and Oliver got to really know each other and they were there for each other without knowing. Oliver was helping distract Hadley from her claustrophobia and that was such a sweet thing to do that it definitely made me fall in love with Oliver from the get-go.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is definitely a book I would recommend, a great heart warming read about second chances and family. Jennifer E. Smith also wrote This is What Happy Looks Like, which I absolutely adored (!!!) and The Geography of You and Me, a book I own but have yet to read, but I will soon!

Quotes I like

Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world.

He’s like a song she can’t get out of her head. Hard as she tries, the melody of their meeting runs through her mind on an endless loop, each time as surprisingly sweet as the last, like a lullaby, like a hymn, and she doesn’t think she could ever get tired of hearing it.

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