The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E Smith

“There are so many ways it could have all turned out differently.
Imagine if she hadn’t forgotten the book. She wouldn’t have had to run back into the house while Mom waited outside with the car running, the engine setting loose a cloud of exhaust in the late-day heat.
Or before that, even: imagine if she hadn’t waited to try on her dress, so that she might have noticed earlier that the straps were too long”
Hadley has a wedding to get to, so when she misses her flight by four minutes she knows that the next 24 hours are going to be slightly hectic. She’s meant to be on the plane, on the way to watch her father marry a woman who she has never met. Getting a ticket for the next flight she battles with her claustrophobia and the ridiculously packed airport and plane but things start looking a bit brighter when she meets Oliver; a charming British boy who’s been studying at Yale. Oliver isn’t exactly thrilled about going back to London either but what if they can keep each other strong, even if it’s just for the eight hour flight, and what if that flight changes them in ways neither would expect?

I wouldn’t be the only person to say there has been a lot of hype about this book. At first I thought it would just be fluffy chick lit and I wasn’t interested; a crossover with a sliding doors type aspect and a fluffy looking cover. Then the hype started and I thought I’d be missing something if I didn’t pick it up… and I was right!
The Statistical Probability was immense, that really is the only way I can describe it. It is a book that will stay with you despite being only just over 200 pages long. It tackles more than just love, with parental and social issues. I loved the topics covered in this book and teamed with its beautiful writing, which you can see just from the opening section above; it’s a book that you will struggle to put down.
Hadley is a bit of a mess, she feels awful about the journey to visit the dad that she feels has abandoned her. She hates flying and small spaces so things at the airport are pretty stressful. She is kind of plodding along the best she can but with the events of the day and the location she’s even more stressed than usual. Oliver is the perfect remedy, witty and charming and everything you want in an 18 year lad when you are single and 17! Oliver really was the sweetest guy I’ve ever read about and I was reading this book begging for it to be turned into a movie purely to see him personified!
The majority of the story revolves around the two of them but it has some great side characters too. I hated Hadley’s Dad for a lot of the beginning of the book because of how much he’d hurt Hadley but I could also see that maybe Hadley was being a little childish about the situation. I loved what you heard about her mum and Harrison too, even though they didn’t really feature in the book. I love what their relationship and Harrison’s determination shows readers about love. That was an awesome addition to the book!
The book does have lots of little glimpses about the different types of love and what love means to different people and it’s a beautiful thing. Everything is so personalised for each individual and the love just seeps out of this book. I really can’t describe just how beautiful The Statistical Probability is; you just need to read it!
I would honestly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I can really see why it’s being marketed as a crossover because I know that people of all ages will adore this book.  As soon as it’s out I’m going to gift it to my mum on her kindle!
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight will be released in January from Headline Books. My copy was kindly loaned to me from the lovely author Keris Stainton.My version has the cover to the right but the US cover above will be the finished cover. 


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