Novel: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. SmithRelease Date: January 2nd, 2012
Challenge: Contemporary Challenge 2012
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?Willa's Rambles:
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.
I had been waiting and waiting for this book to come out so I could read it, and once I had it, I just kept flipping pages! The story line is engrossing and addicting, cute and funny, and a wonderful Sunday read for a rainy day.
I love Hadley's name. It's so unique, and fits her personality perfectly. At first I didn't really like her because of the way she reacted to her father's marriage, and the dread of it, but after a while, once I learned more about the situation, I could understand how she felt. These emotions and the hostile feeling towards her father shape the entire book, because without, she would happy to go, and probably flying up earlier - therefor missing Oliver entirely. Hadley's character is flawed in just the right ways to the point where you can imagine her as your best friend sitting right next to you at the airport.
Oliver and Hadley's relationship was very believable, even though it really is "love at first sight". You still feel like they know each other so well, and have spent more than twelve hours with each other when they get off the plane. You want Hadley and Oliver together, because they seem so perfect and well-suited to each other. The circumstances of their meeting makes their relationship different and much more un-believable, especially when they continue to meet each other in the most unexpected places...
Jennifer E. Smith's newest novel is sweet and adorable, exactly what you expect from both the cover and the synopsis. The characters have depth and the relationships are just like ones you would see every day. I loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight!
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