When Hadley misses her flight to London by four minutes, she cannot figure out if it is a blessing or a curse. She has been avoiding her father and his soon to be wife for a long time and she still isn't sure she can face them. When Oliver enters the picture, Hadley's world is completely thrown upside down. This story is so much more than I thought it would be. It is way more than meeting a handsome boy at the airport. The range of emotions that Hadley experiences in just 24 hours makes this book so powerful. I found myself relating to Hadley over and over again.
I felt her joy, her anger, her sadness, her heartbreak, and her acceptance just as she did. I even shed some tears with her. And let's not forget Oliver, what he has to deal with is just as emotional as Hadley's journey. It is so interesting to see how their paths meet again and again. Jennifer Smith has written an incredible story.
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Once I opened this book, I didn't put it down until the final page. This book will definitely make my top of list. However, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight could not have come at a better time for me, and it was seriously just what I needed. This book is cute, fluffy, adorable, and surprisingly heartfelt. Not, perhaps, my favorite book of all time, but very welcome and definitely well-worth reading.
At the airport, she meets Oliver, and through a series of movie-like coincidences, they spend several hours together and forge a sort of bond that, hopefully, is more long-lasting than either of them expects. I would like to point out that the title while relevant to the story is a bit of a misrepresentation.
That is not to say that, given time, it could become real love—I can actually see the two of them making a very successful relationship back in the US once things calm down with their families and such. For me, this book was charming and endearing but not particularly heavy or serious-minded. I think some emotional, realistic issues were brought up, and they were handled in a way that was very touching.
With a final tally of just over pages, this book is rather short, and I breezed through it in a few hours. Well worth reading multiple times, and it had a lovely film-like quality that was utterly addicting.
Also: woohoo, family dynamics in YA lit! Can I pretty please just hug this book right now? I love everything from the fact that Oliver is adorably British to the title being an inside joke from the story. For some reason, I was under the impression that this whole story took place in an airport and on a plane. I think it was probably for that reason that the airport and plane were my favorite parts of the story, but I still really enjoyed the other parts as well. I also love that fact that everything that happens is a little unlikely, but the title of the story already tells you that.
Speaking of cute British guys…yeah, Oliver is basically awesome. I love that Jennifer plays the minutes within 24 hours so well, you can see easily see and appreciate how these two complete strangers could fall in love. A random mistake here, a kind gesture there, and hours of conversation and key moments sparked a true connection.
The secondary characters were great too. Although not an epic love story by any means, it plays with the idea of fate and romance that we all like to believe in and I enjoyed reading this book so much. Definitely pick it up when you get the chance! I absolutely loved Oliver! I loved his stories and that he was a gentlemen and that he helped her get through her claustrophobia! I found this story a great and enjoyable read. It reads very fast, and I look forward to seeing anything else Jennifer Smith comes out with. Highly recommended! I loved it! Hadley and Oliver were great and I want to have a romance like theirs.
Now before you go and think that this book is just full of fluff let me stop you. It is so much more than that, it is about love, loss, and forgiveness. It is about taking risks even when you are scared to, and accepting what you cannot change. Jennifer E. Smith has created a real gem. It made me happy and fulfilled after reading it. I cannot express how it was sweet but, yet it deals with some heavy issues. I think you should just go read it so you can see what I mean. The thing about the title is while it is a mouthful, once you find it in the book you feel like you are part of an inside joke between Hadley and Oliver which to me just makes it that much more special.
This is a perfect book for fans of Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins. It's sucks, and it's crap, and I hate it. Believe what you want, but anything that normalizes divorce really grinds my gears. This is a book that portrays love as something that comes and goes, like a that really cute dress that was great for you in high school but really doesn't work any more now that you're a college graduate, rather than something that takes work.
I knew I was going to get a lot of that crap going into the book, and even though I knew it, reading about how a grown man can ditch his family over "love at first sight" with some leggy British chick still made me furious. Okay, that's the end of my rant. I promise, that's the last of it. Maybe it wasn't my place as a reviewer, but I'm new to this gig, and I felt that if I said nothing that I was being dishonest somehow.
But the rant is out of the way, and you can do with it what you wish.
Now for the rest of my review. The story itself was surprisingly charming in its own simplistic way. Hadley is seventeen and late for her father's wedding. She missed her flight by four whole minutes, so now she's stuck by herself in an airport and might not make it to London in time. Not that she cares. She didn't want to go to her father's wedding anyways, and her dress is probably a wrinkled mess. In the midst of Hadley's impressive internal snit comes Oliver, a charming British boy who steps in to help her with her luggage. They hit it off Smith starts each chapter with the time EST and Greenwich Mean to chart how long Hadley and Oliver have known each other and how much time they have left.
A cute idea, but I can't say I ever really paid attention to the headers. I was more interested in how she utilized time within the chapters themselves. Smith chose to make the narrative present tense, a choice that works very well when the work is rife with immediacy and action see: Hunger Games.
However, unless the plane is crashing or there's a terrorist on board, a flight over the Atlantic doesn't exactly brim with immediacy and action. Only during carefully interspersed flashbacks to Hadley's interactions with her parents does the tense change from present to past. Of course, this is precisely when I felt the most comfortable with the story. Through the flashbacks, we learn how Hadley learned of her parents' separation, divorce, and respective new relationships.
It's a rough road. Not in a HBO kind of way with screaming and shattered plates Hadley's parents are remarkably civil , but just in the common, realistic, emotionally draining path that most kids slog through when their worlds fall apart. Love, marriage, and all that stuff is what drives the novel.
Hadley tries to figure out what happened to her parents even as she tries to reconcile their two new relationships Dad with fiancee Charlotte, and Mom with her dentist and her own interest in Oliver. Oliver is working out some questions of his own, but I can't really get into that without spoilers. Basically, at the end, he gets to play Author's Advocate, which is a little like being Devil's Advocate except it's way preachier. The book isn't terribly surprising in any way.
The "evil" stepmother-to-be is, of course, a delightful human being. Father is dreadfully awkward and sad, but hey, he was just following his heart! Cute British boy is cute and British and gets to be the author's sensible mouthpiece through most of the book. There's even a slightly wacky, proto-cool bridesmaid that plays the "My dad did the same thing when I was your age" bit and an overly possessive ex-girlfriend. If that was all, I would say skip the book. It's just another fluff piece, save your money and your time.
Except Hadley felt real. She felt like a living, breathing person, and she managed to radiate with pain in scenes without devolving into a hideous, emo stereotype. She's a real girl dealing with an incredibly real situation. Her family split in two. Her dad left her mom for another woman and it totally sucks because he's turned her world upside-down and she can't figure out what went wrong.
My parents have never put me through anything like Hadley's situation, but I have a very close friend who went through the nearly exact same situation, and reading this story was like listening to her story all over again. To be honest, I straight up cried in a few places. Like it or not, divorce is a very real, very prevalent feature in many teens' lives.
While I don't agree with Smith's "divorce is for the best" spin, I do think this book is good for those struggling with a divorce in the family, struggling with forgiveness, struggling with how to move on. So, for me, this book earns my respect. I loved this book from beginning to end.
I have a weakness for British guys and this book played right into that weakness. While reading the conversations between Hadley and Oliver I kept hearing Oliver's voice in my head with that amazing accent! They meet in an airport when Hadley misses her flight by four minutes.
Hadley is traveling to London to attend her Father's wedding which she does not want to go to and Oliver is traveling back to London to also attend an event that he would rather not be at. Is love at first sight real? Can four minutes really change your life? You will have to read the book to find out. I would highly recommend you pick up this novel and give it a go you won't be sorry.
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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
How to resolve AdBlock issue? Write Review. Author s. Poppy Hatchette Book Group. 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 hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
Editor reviews 3 reviews Overall rating. December 24, Overall rating. Comments 0. Was this review helpful to you? February 06, Jen Top 10 Reviewer View all my reviews I didn't want this to end. January 29, Updated: January 29, Wow, Wow, Wow! Comments 2. User reviews Filters. Writing Style. Already have an account? Log in now or Create an account. April 27, Renae M Top 50 Reviewer View all my reviews November 24, Morgan Top Reviewer View all my reviews One of my favorites! Good Points. This book was everything I thought and hoped it would be.
It was such a cute love story, and a very creative one at that. A big part of the storyline was about her and her dad. It was done right though. When reading the book, I never got frustrated because I felt like it was talking about her relationship with her dad too much. I don't even know what else to say about this except I absolutely loved it! And who doesn't want to date a cute British guy? August 17, Jasmine Top 10 Reviewer View all my reviews August 14, June 29, Paige Top Reviewer View all my reviews Smith did an amazing job keeping everything interesting.
In this little story our main character Hadley has to fly to London to attend her fathers wedding to a stepmother who she's never met. You think that would be the big plot in the story but it's definitely not.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
She misses her flight and at the time it might seem like the worst thing in the world but really it's probably the best thing thats ever happened to her! I was wondering how an author could manage to keep a readers attention in a book that happens in such a short amount of time, especially when most of the action takes place in an airport and on an airplane. However, I should have known not to worry. Jennifer E. Smith manages to create a story that seriously captured my heart and kept me reading until the very end.
Not only was there plenty of action happening within the actual 24 hours the story takes place, but a decent amount of backstory adds to the story, as well. Okay, and then we have Oliver. I am a complete sucker for a boy with an accent, so I fell in love with Oliver, right along with Hadley.
Smith points out his many imperfections, but makes him lovable all the same. One lingering question I have is why Oliver disappeared after going through customs in the airport. This is where some of that backstory came in. I really liked learning about how and why he ended up moving from the United States to England. Seeing Hadley experience a change of heart on the day of the wedding showed just how much she really grew throughout the story. I adored the fact that Hadley and Oliver met in an airport, which is beautifully described in the book as a place where people are neither here nor there; in a sort of limbo.
Then, I was obviously completely enamored with how important it was for Hadley to find Oliver in London that she literally wandered the city looking for him based on only a few facts. Sigh, if only something like this could happen to me…Jennifer E. Smith has written a truly fantastic book that will appeal to teenagers, adults and everyone in between.
Thanks to Anna for sharing her review copy of this book! I agree with your comments on the cover and the title. Oh, and Oliver has an accent? How adorable!! And that cover just call to me. Sounds so good! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. Oh well, still one of my favorite reads of !!
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