The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

ImageI’ve heard about this book from so many different people, everyone seems to either have read it or intends to. It’s also been staring at me from the YA part of my favorite bookstore’s English books section. And it’s a bit hard to resist this title; I mean how brilliant is it? Especially after I’ve read the story.

There are lights stretched out as far as they can see, like reflections of the stars, making great constellations of the runways, where dozens of planes sit waiting their turn.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is about Hadley and Oliver (but mostly about Hadley), two strangers who meet at the airport on their way to London. Hadley is on her, belated, way to her father’s second wedding, this one to a woman she’s never met. And doesn’t want to. Oliver is the cute guy who helps her with her bag, then spends the whole flight beside her. When they reach London, they lose each other at customs, and Hadley believes she’ll never see him again. And that’s it for a mostly spoiler free summary of the book.

This is a fun, quick book about love and family. About fixing broken connections and making new ones. I breezed through it in a single day and even managed to squeeze a Doctor Who episode in between chapters, but not because it was the most amazing book ever. I liked it a lot and got to see a bit of my beloved London (how I miss thee), even though most of Hadley and Oliver’s meetings were pure luck, or fate if you believe in that kind of thing (or the author’s writing, but that’s beside the point).

So, this is a short review, because it’s a short book and pretty straightforward in its development. It made me smile, it made me cry (I’m soft hearted like that) and made me glad I picked it up.  It also made me want to read more of her novels, especially This is What Happy Looks Like. As soon as I can find it that is. My favourite bookstore is unpredictable like that.

He laughs, then lowers his mouth so that it’s close to her ear. “People who meet in airports are seventy-two percent more likely to fall for each other than people who meet anywhere else.” 

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