Published by Poppy on January 2nd, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a charming, quick, light read for when you’re in that contemporary kind of mood. You can very easily read it in one sitting to cleanse the palate.
Obviously, looking at the title, this book is really romance-centric. Oliver is so absolutely charming. The dialogue between him and Hadley is really pleasant and adorable. There were some super touching moments, and my heart melted just a bit at the end. And I mean, I read the whole thing picturing Oliver as this guy, adorable accent included. How can you go wrong?
Overall there’s not much depth to this story, but it’s a light contemporary, so what did you expect? As a child of divorced parents, however, I can advise people in a similar situation to read it. Even though it’s such a short book, Hadley makes an amazing step of growth concerning the divorce situation in that short time. It was really recognizable, and ultimately I think teens in such a situation might be able to cope better if they read such a book. The heartwarming scenes between Hadley and her dad toward the end may have been more touching than the romance itself, and gave me a sudden urge to call up my dad and tell him I love him.
However, in trying to analyze Hadley’s relationship with her father, a lot of flashbacks were used. During the plane ride, you’re taken away from Oliver to see another scene of Hadley being mad at her dad. And that’s kind of distracting sometimes. Especially considering that after the plane ride, after she leaves Oliver, there are flashbacks to the plane ride, scenes with Oliver that apparently we skipped over earlier. I… didn’t really like that that much. I don’t know if there could have been a better way to execute this story with the same effectiveness, but it felt like there were a few too many timejumps.
It’s definitely a pleasant read though, and considering its length, I can easily recommend it if you want some light contemporary to shake things up a bit. It’s definitely a heartwarming romance, though it may not be the most memorable one. And I just have to mention the cover!! I love it so, so, so much.