Published by Little Brown on Jan 2nd 2012
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’ve heard so much about Jennifer E. Smith books I was afraid that I might get bitten by the hype monster when reading my first foray into her books – The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – and while I didn’t fall over weighed down by love for her cute storylines and style of writing, I think I did realise deep down that it was exactly what I expected it would be; sweet, quirky and not to be taken too seriously.
TSPOLAFS (ain’t nobody got time to be writing that shizz out every time) centres around the character of Hadley. Still shell-shocked at the abrupt ending of her parents’ marriage not to mention the fact that she hasn’t seen her father in over a year and is now sitting in an airport waiting to board a plane to London for his impending nuptials to a woman she has never met. Having missed her plane by a couple of minutes Hadley is left to while away the hours until the next flight and meets Oliver, a cute British college student travelling to London too. During their time at the airport and subsequent transatlantic flight, Hadley and Oliver connect and enjoy a wonderful few hours able to forget their respective plans waiting for them when they land. At customs the two are separated but Hadley is unable to let go. Will fate draw these two back together or will Hadley have to face the upheaval awaiting her all alone?
My favourite part of this book was the exploration into the uneasy relationship Hadley has with her parents especially her father. It is a traumatic experience when parents break up no matter what age you are and having been estranged from my own father for many years due to what I perceived as a lack of interest on his part made that aspect of this book tough reading for me. We shared a lot of similar thoughts and feelings about the situation and it was interesting to read Hadley’s perception of the situation while looking back to how I felt about my own personal situation and drawing parallels.
Hadley’s relationship with Oliver was definitely an interesting experience to read about especially since as a reader of YA these days you are trained to react like a snarling beast at the very whiff of insta-love however here is a book that is built on that very premise so it was intriguing to have to let that go in order to really enjoy the book. I loved how easy Oliver and Hadley got on and how their conversation never faltered throughout their flight, it was clear they had chemistry and I would have loved to have had the chance to see their relationship play out over an extended timeline but alas!
A novel about moving on, facing your fears, trusting in yourself and others and closing your eyes, taking a breath and that leap of faith into the unknown, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is an adorable easy read perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.