Welcome to Mint Tea & A Good Book's March Book of the Month- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by the fabulous, Jennifer E. Smith. *gasps for air* Enjoy!
Title: The Statistical Probabilty of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: January 2nd, 2012
Publisher: Poppy (Little, Brown)
Synopsis (from Goodreads)-
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. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that 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 in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.
Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. 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.
I love, love, love books that are set in a short time period because there's so much action and you just feel like you're "getting everything." And when I heard that The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was set in just about 24 hours, I was eager to get my hands on a copy.
In an interview, Jennifer E Smith said that the whole concept of this book was inspired by "fate" and how a number of minutes or seconds can change your life. And where is that even more true? In an airport! I can't deny that when I started this book and realized it had an airport setting, I groaned. Like Hadley, I'm not so fond of airports or airplanes. Luckily, the airport setting was not the agonizing experience I was expecting, but instead was pretty comical thanks to Hadley's newly met "friend" (you know what I mean there with the quotation marks), Oliver.
It was incredible in this book, how I would read 100 pages, could not believe that I had read THAT many pages, while really all that had happened was that the main characters waited at the airport and boarded a plane. There's a level of detail with this book that you can't get when the book spans over months and months. There's also that sense with this book that you also get with traveling (coincidence?) where you can't believe that the thing you did this morning was earlier today because it seems like so many years/pages ago.
Additionally, there was also a much deeper level of emotion with this book then I was expecting. The title, cover, and overall summary make the book seem "fluffier" than it actually is. Hadley's father is getting remarried, and that's a relatively common plot line, but with this book I really saw how divorce can affect the parents' kids. And how alone a child/teenager of divorced parents can really feel.
Now, there was one thing in this book that I really didn't like. I really enjoyed Hadley's emotional issues with her father (That makes me sound so evil!), but I thought that there was a little too much of that and not quite enough Hadley+Oliver interaction. Once Hadley got to England it was sort of all Hadley and her feelings and her dealing with her dad and step mom and I was kept thinking, "Ok, I get it. Now back to Oliver." On the other hand, I understand why it was important to the plot line to deal with Hadley's dad, but I wish there had been just a tad bit more of Oliver.
Overall, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a great contemporary novel, with an adorable cover, great characters with realistic thoughts (even though it's written in 3rd person), and has the perfect amount of detail. If you haven't already encountered, this one- I highly, highly recommend it! And it's a great read for traveling too. ;)