Saturday, 10 December 2011

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
Publisher: Headline
Published: 5th January 2012
ISBN: 978 0 755384020

Rating 4/5

The cover on this is a pale green with an airplane on and the title being written by the airplane.  It's a shame the title's so large -I guess it makes it more memorable though in some ways.The book itself is fairly compact at around 215 pages, so it was a welcome read from the chunkier books I’ve been reading.

Hadley is on her way to her father’s wedding – not only is she claustrophobic, this will be the first time she’s met her father’s bride-to-be, and she really would rather not go.  She misses her plane by four minutes….minutes that will change everything for her.  What unfolds is a really sweet (but not too sickly sweet) meeting of two people who experience love at first sight.

Oliver is sensitive, thoughtful and also on the same plane as Hadley – he’s thankful for the distraction which she offers him throughout the flight to London.  This book is so sweet, but manages to pull a quick blossoming romance off without being gushy.  I love the main characters, who I feel in such a short book we get to know quite well.  I found this an ideal book to switch off with –no intricate plot, but a few surprise none the less!

Book synopsis:
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.

Many thanks to Headline, a copy of the book was received for an honest review.


Luisa at Chicklish said...

Great review! I agree - this book was sweet and light.

Sam (Tiny Library) said...

I would be interested to read this as I don't really believe in love at first sight. Was it written realistically?

Michelle at Clover Hill Book Reviews said...

@sam (Tiny Library) It's not a factual book....Oliver is a student and it's a running thing that he makes Hadley laugh with ideas about what he's studying as he doesn't admit to what he is actually of them is the title of the story....