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.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a one-sitting, smile-inducing read.
Told from the limited omniscient perspective, the presence of fate is palpable in this quirky love story. As Hadley and Oliver's relationship develops, it is hard to believe that pure chance could unite the two. Surely, some larger being had to orchestrate their meeting.
Readers expecting a light, fluffy read will be surprised to discover much more depth to the story. In addition to fate, another key component of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is family. Both Hadley and Oliver come from pasts ripe with familial dysfunction, and throughout the course of their day, they must face the problems (and the people) they have been running from.
Particularly poignant was the connection between Hadley and Oliver. Alone and on her way to a wedding she is dreading, Hadley meets Oliver by chance, when he kindly offers to help her with her bag. Over the course of the trans-Atlantic flight, the two exchange witty repertoire and secrets, forging a connection that pulls them together even after the plane touches down.
Equally lovely is the humor in the novel. Oliver and Hadley, both well versed in sarcasm, were an entertaining pair. Locked together on a plane for hours, the possibilities for witty banter and sarcastic comments were endless. On multiple occasions I found myself smirking, highly enjoying Oliver’s ability to parry words. Even outside of the dialogue, Smith was able to weave in humor, making the book all the more enjoyable.
The true beauty of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, however, is the human experience. Life and death, beginnings and endings, chance meetings and fateful reunions – this book is a celebration of life. As the novel speeds through the 24 hours following Hadley’s arrival at the airport, one must marvel at the wonder of this world and just how much can transpire in the course of a day.
Even after the final page is turned, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight will leave a smile on your face and hope in your heart. A true gem, this book is not to be missed.