Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 2012-01-02
Genres: Family, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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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.
First off I need to say two things. One: I love the idea of the Butterfly Effect. How one decision or moment can change the rest of your life. One different choice, a simple pause to change shoes or check to make sure the door is locked, will completely change the next moments in your life. You will come in contact with different people, different traffic patterns, different everything. I could think about that for hours so I really love books that deal with the issue. And two: I really loved this book. That’s all.
In The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (from here on out referred to as TSPoLaFS) we meet Hadley. Hadley is on her way to spend the weekend in London at her father’s second wedding. Unfortunately, and totally by accident, she misses her flight by four minutes. She is given a seat on the next flight but that means she’ll be hanging around the airport for a few hours. Luckily, she meets Oliver, a cute British boy who is on her new flight. In a another stroke of luck for Hadley, Oliver is seated in her row and helps her get through the long flight to London. (Hadley hates flying.) In no time at all it seems, they arrive. Hadley has fallen for Oliver, but customs and the craziness of the airport separate them. Plus, Hadley is going to be late for her dad’s wedding so she rushes off. The rest of the book is spent with Hadley trying to figure out her feelings for Oliver, deciding what she should do about them, and working out her relationship with her dad and his new wife. It’s beautiful, emotional, romantic, and totally adorable.
My Likes: There are so many but I must first talk about the writing. I had no idea I could be so emotional over a romance! Jennifer E. Smith’s words sent me over the edge a few times. In all honesty, the relationship Hadley has with her dad hit perhaps a bit too close to home and that may have been part of the reason my emotions were so over the top. But really, her words were so beautiful. They way Hadley feels about her dad, especially during the wedding scene, was so heartbreaking. It was incredible. I never could have put any of that into words. I was in awe.
Smith also won me over with Oliver. In the beginning I was pretty skeptical. I was afraid he would turn out to be some kind of player who only said all of these wonderful, romantic things to get Hadley to feel what he wanted her to. But in the end, he really is just that sweet. He said what he honestly felt and thought and that was it. My heart broke for him a little bit too, but I won’t give away what caused that. You’ll have to read the book to find out.
The last thing I want to highlight here that I really liked was Hadley. Sure, she was flawed. But that’s something we really like in protagonists these days. What I really liked about her was her ability to take action. She wasn’t always waiting around for Oliver to make a move or show what his feelings were before she did something. She figured out what she felt and what she wanted to do and she did it. It didn’t always end the way she had hoped, but at least she did something. I liked that we got to see her in action fighting for what she wanted. Sometimes romances put all the pressure on the boys to make the move, I liked that this one was a little bit different.
My Dislikes: Honestly, nothing. I loved this book.
Overall Feelings: This book was awesome. If you liked Anna and the French Kiss, don’t hesitate at all to pick this one up. I think I felt more for the characters in this one that I did in Anna, even. The emotions were so real and honest. And the romance between Oliver and Hadley was completely realistic. (Okay, I know falling for someone in 24 hours isn’t likely, but still.) The way they felt for each other seemed so real. Hadley never said, “OMG, he’s so hot!” What they had was based on their interactions, the way he carried her suitcase in the airport for her and their conversations during the flight, than just that he was cute and she was attracted to him. And the relationship between Hadley and her dad was heartbreaking. This book wasn’t just a romance. It was about growing up, taking responsibility and actions for what you want, and moving forward. If you are at all a fan of YA contemporary romances, read this book. I gave TSPoLaFS five stars.