The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown
Published: January 2, 2012
My Rating: ★★
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.
I wanted to like this book... I really did. Granted, I did not have high hopes going into it. For this reason, I wasn't really so-called let down by not liking it that much but I did want to give the story rather high expectations. The concept of falling in love with someone at an airport intrigued me. The story dragged on and I became very bored. Often, I found myself pissed off at Hadley when she would be so rude to her father. He clearly adored his daughter and just fell in love with another girl. He had no intention of hurting her mom. Hadley is very young and naive about love. Even when she's an older teen. I know knowledge comes with time and growth but come on! GIVE YOUR POOR DAD A BREAK!!! I am glad she did in the end.
Her sob stories were super juvenile. I have no idea why there are higher ratings for this book. The only thing this book has going for it is that it's a fast read. The only reason this book did not get a 1 from me is purely because it was set in London and that Hadley finally forgave her father. THANK GOD! If you want a book with no substance and do not want to think then pick this one up. For being a short story this book drags on and seems so much longer. This is a book where I did not care for any of the characters.
Jennifer E. Smith is the author of eight books for young adults, including WINDFALL and THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her writing has been translated into 33 languages.