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Hadley (took me a little while to get used to that name) is 4 minutes late for her plane. She is going to see her Dad get married to his new wife, in England. Being 4 minutes late not only means she's missed her plane but that she has to hang around for an extra 3 hours at the airport. In that 3 hours, she meets the very charming Oliver.
What if she hadn't been late at all?
A book based on the idea of 'What if?'
I don't like long, predictable, slushy romance books - the kind where you can guess the ending by reading the first two pages but it goes all over the shop for chapters upon chapters to get there.
Luckily, this book isn't like that.
It's not a big book, it's quite quick to read (mainly because you just can't put it down!) but it's exciting and satisfying.
It instantly reminds you of those whizzy floaty sinky feelings that come when you first meet someone you like and the nerves, exhilaration and sparkling chemistry of being around them.
I practically inhaled this book and felt a bit lost when I turned the last page. Lost because for a moment I was living that tale and it all ended when I closed the book (boohoo, get the violins out for the girl with no love life!)
The main characters are real, they are not perfect and goody goody, they have flaws - how refreshing!
I have no criticisms about this book other than I wanted it to last longer but then maybe leaving you wanting more is a lot better than giving you too much and you getting bored...
The story filled my tummy with butterflies and sent my toes wiggling in happiness (your toes wiggle when you're happy too, right?) and that's exactly what I needed at the time.
It's always nice to have a reminder that you never know exactly what (or who) is just around the corner and that if it's meant to be, it just...will! :)
About the book
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a standalone book by Jennifer E. Smith. It was published by Headline on 5th January and the book is 240 pages long.
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 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
What I thought
When I read this book, I was in desperate need of a good contemporary YA novel. I have read so much fantasy and paranormal recently that I had just had enough. I needed something light, fluffy and something that I was going to love. This was exactly the book I had been looking for.
Set over the space of only 24 hours, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is not the longest book ever written. At only 240 pages, it is an extremely quick read and I finished it in one sitting. Main character Hadley is getting ready to travel from America to the UK, London to be exact, for her father's wedding. This is not an event she is looking forward to in the slightest and getting on the plane is a massive deal for her. Then she misses it by 4 minutes and it changes everything she has ever believed. The four minutes late for her flight may not seem like much but they are a lot more important than you could imagine.
On missing her flight, Hadley meets Oliver, who just happens to be sitting 2 seats away from her on her new flight. I really enjoyed reading about Hadley and Oliver getting to know each other especially as they were thrown together in a strange situation. Being on a plane with someone definitely makes you talk! Although there are some pretty random conversations that happen, with some random questions about each other, the way these characters got to know each other was so real. I was so glad to see that even considering the title of the book, they didn't fall in love with each other at first sight. They actually get to know each other in a way that normal people do (maybe without the being stuck on a plane).
A large theme in the book is the idea of fate. Certain parts explain that if this or that had not have happened, Hadley would not have been in this exact situation. I am a massive believer in this and that things happen for a particular reason so to see it in words was wonderful. The whole story had a great feeling of 'meant to be'. I am a hopeless romantic at heart and even though I hated Valentine's Day last year, this year that has definitely changed. Reading a whole book about something I so firmly believe in was such a big highlight for me. The romance aspect in this book was also wonderful. It was sweet, innocent and perfect. I couldn't have asked for me!
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is the perfect read for Valentine's Day!
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? Imagine if she hadn't forgotten the book. Or if there hadn't been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn't fumbled the coins for the toll. What if she'd run just that little bit faster and caught the flight she was supposed to be on. Would it have been something else - the weather over the Atlantic or a fault with the plane? Hadley isn't sure if she believes in destiny or fate but, on what is potentially the worst day of each of their lives, it's the quirks of timing and chance events that mean Hadley meets Oliver... 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 have to confess that I was actually sent this book last summer to read, as a special pre-release and I was really surprised by the size of the book that I received. It was small, only around 240 pages long, and I thought it was actually a Young Adult book rather than women's fiction. I started it one evening and quickly found myself hooked, and managed to finish the whole thing in one sitting, I was that captivated by it. There was something about it that was utterly charming and it was a beautiful love story too, something I'm always a bit of a sucker for. Interestingly, the publishers have decided to go with the American cover rather than the more cartoony style UK one which I loved, and although I like the colours and images used, I really don't like the title font as I think it looks a little young for the book but there you go! Anyway, here is why you really should read this book!
This is a book about fate, and it's a sweet love story between two characters, Hadley and Oliver. They meet by chance at the airport. Hadley is flying to London for her father's wedding, and manages to miss her flight by minutes. However, she then meets young Englishman Oliver, who helps her look after her suitcase, and then ends up sitting next to her on their long flight to England. The pair find they have a spark that is something special, and quickly strike up a friendship. Even when they get to London and Hadley has to go off to the wedding, and Oliver has his own commitments to fulfill, Hadley finds she can't get Oliver off her mind and makes a bold decision.Will fate be able to help her out again... well Hadley is sure that it will. I loved both of these characters, but especially Hadley who was just a joy to read about, and you really find both her and Oliver to be really genuine, just like their new-found friendship.
As I mentioned, a lot of the story in this book revolved around fate, and if you aren't a believer in that, then you may struggle to like this book. I, however, found it really sweet and am very much a believer in things like "love at first sight", much like Hadley and Oliver seem to believe they may be experiencing with each other. I really enjoyed reading all about their flight over to England, the easy conversations the pair were having and having them open up to both each other and the reader of the book as well. Things get better in London, and I loved the twists and turns, really hoping for a ahppy ending amongst everything else that was going on for the pair. These characters are only young, but I didn't think this was a bad thing at all, and for me made the book a little bit more believable and sweet.
There is something about this book which really draws you in and makes your heart all warm as you read the unfolding story between these wonderful characters. I think the setting of the airport, the plane and finally London is a great place for the book to be setting, representing the changes that the characters are going through and how each of them cope with their different circumstances. It is a bit of a fairytale, boy meets girl, boy and girl have friendship and hopefully boy and girl live happily ever after but sometimes you just need to read something like that to keep your belief in love alive! The book is set over a 24 hour period, making the book and its progress very believable, and allows the reader to get really absorbed into these precious few hours of Hadley and Oliver's lives. There's no massive twists, nothing to shock or surprise you but it's just a pure and simple love story. I was swept away by this book, and the fabulous writing style of Jennifer E. Smith - what a debut.
ISBN: 978-0755392179. Published by Headline on 5th January 2012. Pages: 240. RRP: £9.99. Also available as an eBook.
Thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy to reviw for http://chicklitchloe.blogspot.com
Thank you for reading.
"Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?"
When Hadley misses the transatlantic flight she's supposed to be on, she has no idea that those four little minutes would change her life forever.
Traveling to the UK from her home in America to attend her Father's marriage to a woman she's never met isn't a happy experience. Hadley's deeply bitter about her Dad leaving her mother and resentful of the impending nuptials.
Oliver's travelling back home to the UK, a journey he also isn't looking forward to for different reasons. Both of them are expecting the worst day of their lives, but then fate, destiny or just sheer chance seems to have them in their sights.
Thrown together mid air, and following them over a twentyfour hour period, this is a book of what if's? and a story of love at first sight.
There are a lot of reasons why The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight appealed to me. Firstly I'm a huge believer in fate and destiny and all the 'what ifs' of the synopsis intrigued me. Then there's the fact that under the cynical shield I at times portray, I'm a BIG romantic and while love at first sight is a topic that divides opinion, I'm firmly on the 'it can happen!' side. Finally, there was one night, spent sitting in an old castle gardens chatting books with several of my favourite and most respected book bloggers when this book was discussed with such high praise and enthusiasm that it went to the very top of my can't wait to read list. When I was lucky enough to receive an early copy I was ecstatic!
The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight is set over a 24-hour period, where Hadley is travelling from the USA to London to attend her father's second marriage. Only this isn't a happy occasion, as Hadley still hasn't forgiven him for abandoning her family and moving thousands of miles away. When by chance she meets with fellow traveller, Oliver, she has no idea of the impact he will have on her.
Wow, what an emotional and romantic journey this book is. Every single word that Jennifer E Smith writes conjures up feelings so intense it's like I was experiencing it myself rather than through Hadley. I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end.
I'm going to let you into a little secret. Quite a lot of years ago now in my late teens, I made a journey from my home in Northern England to London overnight by coach and found myself sitting next to this gorgeous guy, spending the next nine hours falling in love. There's something about travelling at night and meeting a stranger who you somehow just click with that's almost magical. I remember feeling like I'd met a kindred spirit, that possibilities were endless and that the night would go on forever. Jennifer E Smith exactly imagines those intense feelings I remember perfectly. Right down to the end of the journey where in the cold light of day, awkwardness and reality returns and it becomes almost like a dream. For me though, that's where things ended as we muttered goodbye in the busy, dirty coach station, leaving me with my own 'what ifs'. As a reader I was so invested in Hadley and Oliver, I was screaming at them to not let each other go.
Stories about love at first sight have to be believable to work, and for me Jennifer E Smith's debut definitely hits the mark. Because the entire book is set over just 24 hours, the reader can experience the building relationship between Hadley and Oliver so rather than be told they suddenly have these intense feelings, you actually witness and experience them developing. Both characters become rounded and real as they share their stories with each other and I admit to being just as charmed by the gorgeous Oliver as Hadley is herself. What I really love about this book is the simplicity and humanness of it. There's no twists, monsters in the closet or flashy tricks. It's just a beautiful and touching story of two people meeting and connecting in unusual circumstances and leaves you to imagine for yourself what the future will hold for its characters.
The statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight is one of the best books I've read this year and definitely makes it into my top recommendations list. With a release date in January 2012, I suggest you pre-order it now. It's the perfect book to lift any post Christmas blues and cheer and warm your heart. If you have an ounce of romance in your soul, you'll love this book.
Published by Headline January 5th 201
Thanks to the publishers for providing a copy for review.