The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Sunday, March 23, 2014

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Summary from Goodreads

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 Review

There's this magic of having experience something for a short time. Something that you wish could have been longer. But that's just it. It would be forever embedded in you as something so great but short-lived. But when you think of it, if this experience became longer, to the point that you are fully satisfied,you wouldn't feel the same thing after. It won't be that great anymore because you already had it all. Maybe it's the longingness or the mystery of "what could have been." This is what I think happened to Hadley and Oliver. It's something to cute and fun that when it's time to part ways, they find their meeting so extraordinary. Or maybe, it's the statistical probability of love at first sight.

I like the narrative way the story was written. It's like Fault in the stars meet The perks of being a wallflower style of writing. I felt that there's a depth in the story, something that is more than meets the eye. And actually it is. I was expecting of a love story here that started from the moment they saw each other (which it really is) but other than that, it's a story of the relationship between parents, it subtly tells the children to cherish the moments they have now, whether they are very close to their parents or not, it's also a story of forgiveness, of moving on, of new like and taking chances.

As for the characters, I adore Hadley and Oliver. Hadley is very young to experience a broken family but she coped with it the way she knows how. I can't blame her for getting angry. She has all the rights to be. She's the daughter who was left picking up the pieces when her father left. And now, she needs to endure the pain of watching her father weds to another woman. I totally agree with her for not wanting to come and I hated her mother a bit for forcing her to. But I guess mothers know best still huh? :D But I find Hadley very brave for handling everything and being mature until the end. And as for Oliver, what I only saw is what Hadley is seeing from her. But that's enough for me to fall in love with his character. 

It's just a 24-hour love story, but it was like a story of forever. I love how it's became an instant love but it seems like they have known each other their whole life. An ideal love story, a fairy tale if I must say, but still, who wouldn't fall for this kind of story?


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