November 7, 2013

BOOK REVIEW | The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

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Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Goodreads)
Author: Jennifer E. Smith (Website | Twitter)
Genre: contemporary, romance, chick lit
Published by: Poppy/Little Brown in January 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.

There’s a lot of family drama going on in this book and sometimes I really got on my nerves. There are long passages of Hadley remembering things about her relationship with her dad. It was boring sometimes just because they were too long. In a contemporary book like this we want to read about the protagonists and how they interact. A background story is necessary, yes, but I feel like in this book it was more important than the actual love story.

Maybe this is just me not believing in love at first sight but I feel like their relationship is based on nothing. They develop feelings for each other after a few hours of knowing each other and talking about Hadley’s dad.  They practically are strangers but for some reason they manage to get involved with one another. Either I don’t get it, or it really is rushed. The attachment Hadley feels toward this guy just feels unnatural.

It’s a cute story but it has its flaws in my opinion. I was contemplating giving it four stars but because the flashbacks were getting really annoying I went with three.

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