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 an absolute must read! You will be on the edge of your seat five pages in wondering what is going to happen next. Statistical is the story of Hadley, a seventeen year old student who misses a flight to London by four minutes. Most of us would freak out, but Hadley is calm because in London waiting for her is her father’s wedding, one she doesn’t want to happen.
Hadley meets Oliver, a British student studying at Harvard who is returning home. As fate would have it not only are they on the same flight but sitting next to each other.
Stuck in the airport until their flight leaves, they have dinner together. Oliver tries to crack Hadley’s tough exterior shell, but she’s determined to hate everything London related. Hadley in turn is smitten with Oliver and his accent, plus he’s not too shabby on the eyes.
On their overnight flight, they tell life stories and share their love of books. Of course there is some flirting, well as much as one can do on an airplane. Hadley tells Oliver about her dad and how she feels about him remarrying and she makes the assumption that Oliver is heading home for a wedding as well. Hadley isn’t the only one with daddy issues, Oliver has his own.
Now normally one would exchange numbers, they both live in the same area so why not keep in contact, not these two. When they land and head toward customs, Oliver kisses Hadley and motions that he’ll see her on the other side. Except when Hadley exits, he’s nowhere to be found.
Much to her disappointment she knows that she has to head to her father’s wedding and makes it there just in time. Going through the motions of the ceremony, watching her father marry someone that she doesn’t know, who she believes broke up her parents’ marriage is bit much for Hadley to handle. She’s emotional and standoffish until she hears a couple mentioning a funeral. A funeral taking place at the church Oliver said he’d be at. Hadley does the unthinkable, she leaves in the middle of photographs to seek out Oliver. Pretty gutsy I’d say.
Things don’t turn out the way Hadley had hoped, but when she returns to her dad, they finally have a very much needed heart to heart. The one thing Hadley has learned on this day is that you can’t take life for granted and asks her dad if she can visit London in the summer.
All is not lost on the night – Oliver shows up at the wedding reception – swoon! They talk about their father’s; they dance and make our hearts beg for more.
Statistical takes place in a twenty-four hour time period, crazy right? Jennifer Smith does an amazing job keeping your attention and always knowing what time it is. I can’t tell you how wonderful this book is, you must read it for yourself.
Statistical will be in stores on January 3rd, pre-ordering might mean it shows up early!