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Review of The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

by - January 15, 2012

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...

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. 

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To start with, I shall make two statements. I loved this book more than Anna and the French Kiss. I will gush a lot. So now you're prepared for all the gushing, I'll dive right it. This book was amazing. I can't pinpoint exactly what made it so amazing but I know Oliver helped. He's British, funny, a gentleman and has ACTUAL FEELINGS. A YA boy with a actual feelings! Amazing.

Right, that's enough gushing. I was expecting the majority of the book to be set on the flight to London, so I was surprised when Hadley and Oliver suddenly started getting off the plane. The book would have been weird if it was all about the plane though, as I wouldn't have read about Hadley seeing her Dad, which is supposed to be the focus of the story (although I only cared about Oliver). When she got off the plane and Oliver did what he did (WOW) and then suddenly disappeared, I was like, NO! Where has he gone? Are we going to see him again? I genuinely started panicking a bit as the story progressed and the story didn't seem to be heading in an Oliver direction. I'll let you find out for yourself if it does.

I just diverted straight back to Oliver there, didn't I? As you can guess from the cover and blurb, Hadley and Oliver fall in love quite quickly and I was worried this would be quite unrealistic. It really wasn't though, right from the beginning when Hadley first has an argument with a lady about her bags, you can see just how well they fit together and this continues on the plane ride.

As a side story, that's actually meant to be the main focus at first, Hadley's Dad has moved to England and is getting married to a new woman. Hadley feels deeply betrayed by her Dad and when he was at home, he was the perfect Dad, as shown in flashbacks every so often. He read her nearly all the classics, and he gave her one classic that she hasn't read yet – Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens. Hadley plans to shove this in her Dad's face as soon as she gets to England, of course.

The main theme of the book is basically 'What If?' If Hadley hadn't have missed her flight by just four minutes, she would never had met Oliver and quite frankly, the story as a whole would be rubbish.


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  1. You make it sounds SO good! :) I've heard lots of people rave about it and now you've convinced me to add it to my wish-list! (especially the part where you say you liked it more than Anna and the French Kiss, cause seriously, that book was AMAZING!) I'm glad to hear the falling in love over a plane ride wasn't unrealistic, cause I was kinda worried about that.
    Thanks for the review!

  2. I loved this book so much! And Oliver had a lot to do with it too... ;)But I completely agree with everything you said! Great review :)


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