Monday, 28 May 2012

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

Release Date: January 2nd 2012
Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown 
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 236
Format: Hardback 
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. 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."
Source Goodreads

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (or SPLFS for short, though it doesn't really make any sense) is a rather tale telling the story of two characters over the course of 24 hours who meet before a flight from America to London. 

Now I've never read a book set over 24 hours, nor have I read much contemporary fiction but I've got to say that I was impressed. As the book is only 236 pages long it is undoubtably a really quick read but the amount of insight into the story and the characters alike was incredible. I really enjoyed getting to know Hadley and Oliver and watch their relationship blossom (not really a spoiler since that is what the book is about) and the little adventure that unfolds along the way. The side story in regards to Hadley and her father was just wonderful and very important in Hadley's growth and understanding of love and relationships. 

Overall SPLFS was a really great read, perfect for summer or anytime when you need a little pick-me-up. Now I don't normally like to compare two completely different books/authors but I've got to say that this book is what I expected Stephanie Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss to be. A light hearted read with wonderful heart warming characters that you'll want to revisit over and over again. 

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