Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: Review
by: Jennifer E. Smith
Hadley Sullivan missed her flight. Sure, it was the flight to see her father marry another woman. The woman that Hadley blames for breaking apart her family. But, by luck (or is it fate?) she meets Oliver, who is flying to London on the next flight. Hadley is assigned seat 18A, and Oliver seat 18C. In a 24-hour time period, chance meetings and twists of fate create a novel about family, love, and destiny.
This book was recommended to me on twitter. I got my copy at BEA last May, and as the release date rolled around, I saw lots of good things about it. But, it just didn't seem my style. I mean, come on, instant love? That's a recipe for disaster in my book.
But, don't let the title fool you. Even though this book is set in a 24-hour time period, the relationship that develops between Oliver and Hadley seems just as real as the slow burn relationships that I love so very much. Hadley's circumstances for traveling to London impact her deeply, and it shows. Oliver is similarly dealing with some very heavy issues, though their reasons are not immediately apparent. And, with a story all about these issues, you would expect to have a book full of sadness, but I was blown away by just how CUTE this story was. The happy and the sad balanced each other perfectly.
Some of my favorite passages in the book relate to Hadley's relationship with her father. Hadley reflects on their mutual love for literature, and the special bond that they once shared. Some of her experiences so directly mirrored my own experiences with my father, that I really felt her pain for the strain that their relationship was under.
Simply put, I devoured this book in one evening. It's the kind of book that you should read when you are feeling particularly sappy, because it made my tender heart sing.