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Sunday, April 15, 2012

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

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Published: January 5th 2012
Source: Publisher for review

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...

If you don't believe in love at first sight, Jennifer E. Smith may very well change your mind with this emotional and heartwarming book. There's just something fascinating about chain events... The ones where something minuscule changes your entire day. The ones that almost relieve you from your father's surprise wedding with a woman who's not your mother….and the ones that lead you to meet sweet British boys on planes. Hadley Sullivan is having what could be the worst day of her life, but four short minutes bring the gorgeous Oliver into her life. Could he be the ray of sunshine she needs to get through the doom and gloom of England?

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is certainly not as long as its title suggests. The book is set over a mere 24 hours but over that short period of time, Smith constructs realistic characters who you will fall in love with immediately. While Hadley's being forced to attend a wedding she wants nothing to do with, Oliver is similarly on his way back home to London for something equally terrible...not that she knows it yet. (Hint: Plot point!) Oliver and Hadley's lives are intense and riddled with many complications. I loved exploring and solving them all, and discovering brand new sides of them each time. Smith will obliterate any worry you may have about not connecting with the characters, especially when she tears them open and allows us to explore their inner-most thoughts. As for undeveloped characters who lack a certain spark? I see lightning, people…

While this novel is quite focused on Hadley's individual journey and relationship with her father, her memories and thoughts of Oliver never dissipate. She's always thought that you forget about the friends you make on planes as soon as you go your separate ways, so why can't she get this certain one out of her mind? Well, let me tell you why. A boy that carries your luggage around busy airports, plays mind games with you to take your mind off scary takeoffs and tells you all about how he believes in the romanticism of weddings when you clearly don't? I think we have a winner… Let's not mention how he's a smart psychology major whose witty lines and subtle flirts will make you melt into your little box of a plane seat! Oliver has an easy charm that isn't a practised lure - he'll capture your heart the minute he steps into your line of sight and will soon have you dreaming about weddings. With him.

"People who meet in airports are seventy-two percent more likely to fall for each other than people who meet anywhere else." Why, Oliver! I had no idea! Tell me more. Oh wait, no, don't. I'm sure the readers want to hear the rest of your wise knowledge for themselves, right? If they run to the airport now, do you think they'll be able to find their soul mates too...? The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a read filled with giggles, blushes and plenty of tears. These two amazing characters push a fast forward button on all of the emotions we may feel over the course of one week. There's nothing I didn't love about this book. The romance and depth of the story was very impressive, and what I really loved was how the story continued and was still engaging off the plane. Their attraction had to face the troubles of the real world and that only made it that much stronger! I really didn't want this book to end because it's rare that you experience such quick fondness for characters. The ending will have you squealing into a pillow so prepare yourselves for a brilliant experience!

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