Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy Books
Read Time: 1 Sitting
Tag Words: Weddings, divorce, death, true love, love at first sight, airports, British boys, family affairs
Hadley Sullivan has just missed the flight that will take her across the Atlantic ocean to England, where her father is getting married a second time.
Things couldn’t be worse, Hadley believes, until she meets Oliver and fate has its way with them, and the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.
I read it in a singular sitting because I was captivated from page one. If I’m truly being fair I should say it was the title that first got to me nearly a year ago. *Nearly two years ago upon review revision.* I received this book at BEA 2011 and read it in the middle of July.
A little blast from the past happening right now...
Some people believe love at first sight is as mythic as time travel, but my parents met on a blind date and were married a year to the day. I suppose I’ve been brought up believing in myths, legends and stories, I suppose I’ve also been brought up to believe you can surpass the boundaries of possible to discover the impossible.
This book is as fabulous as I hoped it would be. I loved everything about it, from the back-stories of both characters to the descriptions of the airports and the plane ride Oliver and Hadley take across the pond, to the bravery of a girl caught up in a romance that will last her lifetime. I loved the redemption and the way Smith framed her ideals and her story, without force, or coercion; the story simply breathed.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day I suggest you run out and buy The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight; it may turn even the most hardened cynic into a believer.
Notes on the Names:
Only downer. Hadley. I’ve been hearing this name a lot, all over the literary world. What do you think? Are you infatuated, or as confused as I am by it’s lively accession?
Hadley was Ernest Hemingway's wife's name.
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