THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT should have been boring. I mean, an entire story that happens within 24 hours, about two teens serendipitously meeting in an airport just because the girl was 4 minutes late? I’m happy to report that it is anything but boring. A big factor is the author’s writing style, which is engaging and lyrical and somehow able to hold your attention while making you eager to read onward.
Despite the title, THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT is more than a romance. It’s about a daughter’s relationship with her father, the complications that arise when said father cheated on her mother and decided to create a new family elsewhere. I thought the author captured Hadley’s feelings quite well, as this happened when she was already a teen. How do you face your father after he’d broken your trust? Your family? The world that you knew? How do you move on together?
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It also mentions or touch on probabilities in the way we used to in our everyday life. Like, in Hadley’s case, IF she hadn’t been delayed, IF her dress hadn’t needed repair, IF She hadn’t been angry at her mom, she wouldn’t have been late for her flight. Then she wouldn’t have met Oliver.
Hadley grew a lot throughout the course of the novel. Perhaps it’s Oliver’s influence, perhaps she’s tired of being angry at her father, perhaps it’s because she realized Charlotte wasn’t the ogre of her mind. And perhaps also some realization about her parents that she hadn’t allowed herself to think about thus far.
The story also has twists and turns that I didn’t expect and I was pleasantly surprised. I’m a bit confused by Oliver though. He has his own issues, but I thought he blew hot and cold throughout the course of the book. No wonder Hadley’s confused! Well, perhaps he is confused, too.
Overall, this is a great read. I can’t wait to see it in theaters! I wonder how they’ll do it because this isn’t really an action plot, but more character-driven.
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. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother 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 sitting in her row.
A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?
Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.