Review: The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight


◆ The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
◆ Read July 2013
◆ English Edition
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❝ 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. ❞
Rating a book like The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is hard; writing a review is even harder. If somebody were to ask me to describe the book in one word it would be romantic. The story is like one of those cheesy romantic comedies where there are hardships but everything works out in the end and the guy and girl are reconnected. Don't get me wrong though, this book is like this in a good way. It's entertaining and sweet. Furthermore, it describes a story we would all secretly wish for in one way or another.

I absolutely love the title of the book and how it's explored further in the story. Furthermore the characters were very realistic despite the story being more fantastical. Oliver appeals to many (especially us girls) because he is both tall, British and a bit of an ironic speaker. Hadley's character intrigued me because she is not your typical female character who is either extremly girlish or stoic. Instead, Hadley proves to be a down-to-earth person: polite and friendly but also firm to express what she dissaproves of.

I was glad to find out that there is a plot twist present. Some readers - like myself - might catch onto the hints and figure it out before the twist is revealed, but for others it is a nice and refreshing (though sad) turn of events.

Lastly, I really liked certain passages where specific (or lack of) actions and fate are contemplated. If I hadn't done this, what if I did that.. etc. It's a nice addition to the title of the book and the idea behind it.
If you easily regard something as cheesy and dislike such things then this is not a book for you.

However, if you're secretly (or not so secretly) a romantic, then this book is definitely something for you!

4 stars because:
✓ Realistic characters
✓ Romantic story
✓ Interesting title (further explored in book)
✗ Rather cheesy at times. 
 

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