It’s funny how life can change in four minutes, or at least how Hadley’s did. In The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith, Hadley is four minutes late for the plane to her father’s wedding in London. Yet, this is NOT the tragedy it seems, because she’s put on the next flight out in seat 18A. Seat 18C is taken by a charming British boy named Oliver.
Taking place over 24 hours, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith is told in present tense. I think this makes the book stand out from the contemporary crowd as this is something different. The compacted time line allows us to get to the heart of Jennifer E. Smith’s book – love.
Hadley’s conflicted about her dad and we readers are party to her memories and feelings. She wants very much to hate him for breaking up the family, but she can’t. You know, she is human and emotions are complicated. Meanwhile, Oliver is dealing with issues of his own – that we get bare bones glimpses of. AND OF COURSE there is also love at first sight between Oliver and Hadley.
You see, Oliver is my FAVORITE type of love interest. He’s not a dick. He can keep banter up and I loved his whole back and fourth with Hadley and the easy conversation they had. Because you guys, being able to hold a decent conversation in a relationship is way more important in life than if he is a dangerous bad boy rebel. Shocking I know. ALSO Oliver is kind and nice. He’s got a British accent and a sense of humor. He is definitely swoon worthy and if you liked St. Clair, you’ll definitely be down for Oliver.
I liked how The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith was deeper than it looked. It’s not some breezy, frivolous romance (not that there is anything wrong with those) but about growing up and accepting and loving people for who they are, despite their imperfections. I love the bits about realizing your parents are not perfect people, but have their own lives.
The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight was an excellent book to ring in the New Year with. I thought reading it helped me to begin 2012 on a great note. I hope that the other contemporary read I read this year are just as engaging, excellent, multilayered and swoony of a read as The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.
Disclosure: Review Copy.