The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight Paperback – 24 May 2012
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a cracking read full of heart and humour. Hadley is a witty and charming protagonist and Smith's fantastic writing makes you believe that first love really can blossom in just 24 hours, even at 40,000 feet ― The Bookseller
I absolutely loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I read it in one sitting and when I finally put it down I was beaming and a bit tearful...A sweet, charming, romantic book, it's begging to be turned into a film ― Keris Stainton
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is sweet, tender and uplifting - everything you could want ― The Bookette
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- Publisher : Headline (24 May 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0755384032
- ISBN-13 : 978-0755384037
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Item Weight : 168 g
- Dimensions : 13.1 x 1.9 x 19.9 cm
- Generic Name : Book
- Best Sellers Rank: #346,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight tells the story of how four minutes changes the course of Hadley’s life, for the better. Hadley is on her way to her fathers wedding and if that isn't bad enough, she’s never met the bride before. Hadley doesn't want to go, doesn't want the 12 hour flight to London and definitely doesn't want to be a bridesmaid and when she misses her flight by just four minutes, Hadleys pretty much had enough of it. Enter Oliver, a British boy who happens to be on her next flight out to London, for a very different affair. The two share a few special hours on their flight to London, only to face reality when they loose each other in the crowds once they land.
The plane ride scenes are great, I thought as they meet boarding the plane the whole book would be about their plane journey and this may get a little boring, but this was not the case at all! You learnt all you need to know from just a few chapters and it made them exciting even though they were just siting on a plane. You didn't get to know Olivier much in these chapters but again that makes the book better because it leaves a bit of mystery and you are excited to find out a bit more about him and his life.
I thought this book was perfect and it was such a cute, lovely love story. The characters weren't explored in depth but I thought this was a good way of writing as it explained the characters but also left some things to the imagination.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a warm and witty book about destiny, first loves, soul mates and perfect timing. The book also highlights family issues and what it means to really be in love with a person.
A fast paced book that you can read in one sitting. I would definitely recommend this to anybody that likes a good love story!
This is the first book I've read in 2012 and BOY was I glad. This is like Anna and the French Kiss except it's much MORE. A story about love, family, fate, destiny and a hot British boy. Yup, what more could you ask for in a novel, hmm?
When I saw that this actually takes place over only 24 hours, I was skeptical. Like,really? How can you fall in love in less than 24 hours? I didn't believe in love at first sight (who does?), but Jennifer E. Smith made me learn and see that it actually DOES happen. It's written in third person perspective, which I wasn't aware of and I wasn't fond of because I tend to like first person narrative better, but the writer just managed to capture both Hadley and Oliver's characters soooo much. Hadley was so cool, smart and I love that what she's going through is perfectly relatable. Oliver was charming, sweet, did I mention BRITISH(!) and just a normal guy, I like that he's so realistic (which I can't say much about other love interests in YA these days).
There were some tiny suprises along the way, and I thought they were perfect for the story of Hadley and Oliver. This is probably one of those books that I will read over and over again and the statistical probability that you will love this book is pretty high. I warned you.
Anyway, if you enjoy contemporary young romance, and an irresistable love story with funny laugh-out-loud moments, and want to start the New Year with a 'happy' book, then The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a definite must-read.
I'm hesitant to call this a "cute read" because I don't think it does the story, the characters nor the writing justice. I had assumed that this book would either be written in first person POV of Hadley, but it is actually written in third person, which makes it feel a little bit more "grown-up" - in a good way! I really liked Hadley as a character, and felt sympathetic towards her without feeling pity, enjoyed her sense of humor, her claustrophobia is something I can completely relate to and Oliver is funny and sweet in that most English of ways (am I a little biased as Mr Kat is English? Most probably.)
Ms. Smith's writing is excellent, delicately balancing the story with dialogue and story and moving at a quick but unrushed paced, with emphasis on character interactions, detailed but not over-the-top descriptions of people, places and situations and I was completely immersed.
I highly recommend this book, particularly to lovers of YA contemporary novels. It also has huge appeal for anyone who enjoys a good, sweet story.