That was the case with Hadley Sullivan. Who would have thought that arriving at the airport four minutes late will bring her the most amazing, tumultuous, 24 hours of her life? No one. What are the odds that your life will drastically change in those 24 hours? Who knows? In The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight, anything is possible.
Including falling in love with a guy having a fantastic accent, hating and loving and making up with your father, fighting with your mother and saying sorry later and most of all, learning how to forgive.
Title: The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight
Release Date: January 5th 2012
Published by: Headline
Source: Publicist (thanks to the fabulous Sam!)
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Summary (from Goodreads):
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Imagine if she hadn't fogotten 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...
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.
It's hard to find the words to describe a novel you love so much. Writing this review is a struggle, so forgive me if I don't make much sense and bear with me if I just go on rambling about how much I love Jennifer E. Smith's book.
Hadley missed her flight to London by a matter of four minutes. It wouldn't have been that bad, except the last thing Hadley wants is to attend the wedding of her father who just left her and her mom, and now he's happy while Hadley still struggles to cope with the fact that she got left behind, that her family is now broken. And then she meets Oliver, also London bound, but for a reason quite different than Hadley's. All of a sudden the 7 hours flight wasn't that bad anymore. Hadley's shared things about her family, her feelings about her parent's divorce, her anger over her father, she's conquering her fear of enclosed spaces and she's getting to know a guy in a way that makes her feel excited and nervous, and all of a sudden she's falling in love. But what happens after Hadley steps out of the plane? Will she see Oliver again? And why was Oliver going to London?
I will say this: The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight is the most romantic love story I have read this year. This book makes me want to believe in the power of love, destiny and all the romantic things inside my head and that it might have a chance of coming true. It makes me believe in fate, in coincidences, in the fact that two people can meet, talk, and spend 24 hours together and fall in love just like that. It makes you think how simple and easy love is sometimes and that it happens! Just like that, it happens. What are the odds? Let Oliver and Hadley show you.
Hadley is a character I had a lot of fun reading about. She had this realness in her, these problems, fears, feelings and thoughts that you can't help but relate to. And she reads! Hadley can be stubborn and cynical, even bitter at times but deep down she's a daughter who couldn't help but care about her mom, and grow up and allow the people she loves to find happiness of their own, and forgive. She's very likable, your typical teenager who's experiencing the most important 24 hours of her life. I just found myself wishing that this girl who's been through a whirlwind of a day and emotions deserves to get happiness of her own.
Etienne St. Claire, meet Oliver. Because I'm pretty sure this British fellow is going to be in everyone's list of Fictional Hot Guys with Great Accent You Want To Be Your Boyfriend. The accent is just an added bonus because Oliver is just as adorable and witty and quirky and funny even without it. I cannot stop smiling and laughing while reading his every jibe, his every comment about anything and everything. He's that kind of guy with fantastic green eyes who will make you fall in love with him with just a smile and a joke or two. Swoon! There's something about his easygoing attitude that will make you like him, but when you get to see Oliver as someone just like Hadley, hurting, full of questions and struggling with his emotions and life, that seemingly perfect facade fades away and you'll love him all over again.
I became so enchanted with the chemistry, the sweet moments and the romance between Hadley and Oliver that I couldn't let myself think of the possibility of them not ending up together at all. I couldn't bear to take a peek at the end of the book for fear that it won't happen. They just fit. These two people who met at an unlikely place at a trying time of their lives and you'll think that it's just meant to be. Fate. Destiny.
The Statistical Probability of Love Sight just has it all. Utterly romantic love story, emotionally intense scenes, swoon worthy characters and over-all a lovely story that will make you believe that it's probable to fall in love at first sight. Maybe. Why not, when you yourself will fall in love at first sight with this book? Give it a try and tell me if you don't find yourself sighing and curling up into a ball, drunk with hope and happiness and intoxicated with the romance and drama between Hadley and Oliver and their families.
You better read this book when it comes out!
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AMAZING, SIMPLY AMAZING!
Stunning: Worthy of a Goddess' Praise!
I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.