BOOK REVIEW: THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown
Pages: 236

Goodreads Summary: “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.

My Take: First, what I really liked. I liked the premise of the book: The idea that quirks in timing and fate set our lives in motion in ways we can’t imagine and can’t predict. In the chaotic randomness of the world, there is a comfort in believing that fate is kind even in some of its crueler moments. The missed flight; the endless, annoying traffic; a right turn when you should have taken a left; stumbling over a pothole you should have seen and spraining your ankle; etc. — these small, often annoying moments might reveal something (or someone) unexpected and great. I also liked Hadley. She is smart and honest and wears her pain on her sleeve without being pathetic. Overall, the story is sweet and charming, although predictable. It is not the kind of book that gets under your skin or leaves you thinking “I want to write a book like that,” but it is an engaging story with believable, likable characters. P.S. I adore the cover.

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