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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 rowA 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 ?uirks 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


10 thoughts on “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

  1. says:

    Honestly for having a name like The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and a synopsis promising a British boy named Oliver this book is pretty damn disappointing Although it does deliver on the British boy front who frankly really isn't even that great it doesn't deliver much elseSPLFS starts off with Hadley Sullivan missing her flight to London at JFK Granted Hadley would rather see her dentist than attend her father's wedding to a woman she's never even met but her father is counting on her to make it on timeReluctantly she gets a later flight one that leads to a whole lotta lurveIt amazes me how such a short story can feel so slow and long winded; at times it was like dredging through sludge The characters and cluster of scenes that take place over the course of twenty four hours are eually boring and uneventfulSPLFS can be summed up as follows A missed flight a fated flight a wedding view spoilera funeral hide spoiler


  2. says:

    This is my second book of the year and the second I read during a sleepless night The similarity ends there unfortunately While Split kept me up because it was so good I just HAD to finish it this one well it was only insomnia And to think I was so eager to read it See I'm all for vanilla romance it's light relaxing and cute But this book did not even remotely relax meThe premise is interesting Hadley on her way to London to attend her much dreaded father's wedding misses her flight Rescheduled for the next one three hours later which will make her arrive barely on time she meets Oliver a British student at Yale on his way to London for some other wedding Sparks ensue Will Hadley make it to the wedding? Will she see Oliver again?At first I thought that the problem I had with this book had to do with the narrative techniue The third person limited didn't work well for me I didn't get invested in the story that much I couldn't connect to Hadley and even though there were some cute moments the role I felt I was playing was just that of a polite observer I guess I am a first person type as far as these romantic stories are concerned which makes total sense to me since it's not like the focal point is the world building here but rather the characters and my involvement in the storyBut then as the story developed I realized that wasn't it or rather only marginally soWhat really disturbed me was my inability to like any of the main characters and the message they conveyed through their actionsLet's start with Hadley's dad a college professor It's not spoilery if I tell you that he went to teach to Oxford for a semester met someone else dumped his wife and daughter and never came back I call this kind of person a cheater I'm not sure if the whole purpose or one of the purposes of the book was for Hadley to come to terms with her dad's betrayal and forgive him thus growing up and understanding the complicated world of adults Because as far as I am concerned there's no forgiveness to be had here The reality is that he went abroad met a younger prettier girl incidentally Hadley's mum is short and stocky and dumped his family I do not accept the dad's justification because I fell in love reinforced by Love isn't supposed to make sense It's completely illogicalIn fact wait a sec there Love might be illogical but marriage and commitment are not It's a joint effort and as far as I'm concerned you just don't bail out of it especially if there are children involved You just don't go to the other side of the world living your happy life with your new bimbo Charlotte doesn't come out as much than that after all we only hear her talking about her house And I don't like the fact that he gets off the hook so easily and Hadley forgives him That's not the message I want to hear from this book Love does not justify allAnd what about Charlotte the new wife? How can you trust a man who cheated on his wife with you? How do you know it won't happen to you after a few years when you've become old news?Finally I disliked Hadley and her drama ueen behavior How do you dump your dad on his wedding day and go see a boy you just met? Then break into tears right before the wedding reception and make it all about you you you? Bad timing girl even if you don't like your dad the wedding or the wife It felt like this budding thing she had with Oliver was important than her family issues which should so not be the case This is why and I am in the minority here I just couldn't like this book as I thought I would Light and fluffy is totally my cup of tea but disagreeing with the general message of the book is a whole different story Hopefully you'll like it than me Read this review and at The Nocturnal Library


  3. says:

    I think I fell in love at first sight with this bookI finished reading it with happy tears in my eyes It made me sad it made me happy it made my heart race even though there wasn’t too much action but the amount of emotions per page were definitely too many for my heart to handle them properlyThis book went from the ‘must read’ shelf to the ‘most beautiful romances’ shelf in a blink of an eye I was caught up in this story without knowing – one moment around midnight I started reading it I struggled with understanding Hadley and her problems with her father and then I don’t remember how the time passed and it was 530 in the morning when I virtually turned the last page of my kindle and I was deeply in love with this storyI thought it was supposed to be a fluffy read about love at first sight as the title and the description of the book are a bit misleading giving you a hint in this directionSo I was prepared to laugh and maybe to care a bit about Hadley and Oliver Still nothing prepared me for the beauty and the dramatic turnarounds of this storyOf course I saw it coming from the brief discussion on the plane but that’s how amazing this story is because even though I knew what I was bracing myself for it still made me shudder it still made my eyes tear of emotionsCarousel is not a strong enough word I need another one one powerful holding meaning Because this story is not light at all it’s heavy so heavy that it holds my heart to the floor and it made my soul acheThere was this big gap between all the happy moments and memories the time spent in the plane full of joyful talks and the drama behind it all and the meaning of so many phrases that at first sight didn’t seem to mean than what you can hear but at the end there was much to themYou know kids usually think they have the right to choose a destiny for their parentsThey think that because their parents love them they must condemn themselves to a life of misery and unhappiness only for the good wealth of their children But this is so not right in so many waysKids grow up You have them with you for like 20 years and then they fly away to a better life to their own lifeSo I would never judge the couples that decide that they no longer have to be together that decide that they need someone else to be happy with It doesn’t mean that they don’t love their kids any it just mean that they need to find their own happiness tooThis being said I couldn’t relate to Hadley’s painFor the last past 2 years Hadley kept her father away She didn’t want to be part of his new life and she didn’t want him in her life She thought that if he had chosen to be with someone else she was better off But then it seamed that her own decisions were the ones that made her impossibly unhappy because she suffered for not having him in her life any It was a personal inside fight without an ending and it hurt her than she knew it couldStill I loved how she understood that she was the one making a big mistake that he was “still her father the rest was just geography” and that there were worst places to be on a summer weekend than a weedingOff course she wouldn’t have understood it if it weren’t for Oliver dear sweet Oliver I loved this guy – he was cute he was funny he knew how to enjoy life even at it’s worst he was so caring and nice that you would like to meet him in personYes he is the reason Hadley made up her mind Finding that others might suffer as well that other might have bigger problems helped her understand that she was exaggerating in her painPain is relative; we might suffer as much from the very wrong and different reasons What counts in the end is the lesson we’ve learned how it might change usIn all the drama the sweet love story seemed like the sunshine after the torment It was warm and sweet and it made me smileI loved the moments on the plane their conversations their brief jokes and their shyness I loved how minute by minute they got closer and closer one kiss away from each other I loved how they found a way to be there one for the other every time they needed it I loved how they fell in love and how they made me love their love storySo yes I’ll say it againReading this story felt like falling in love for the first time As warm as a summer rain as bright as the sunshine as beautiful as a rainbow as light as a flight as fluffy as a cloud as colorful as fireworks as soft as a kiss Because this is what love at the first sight feels like Enjoy itHappy midnight reading Blog EN | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Bloglovin' | Blog RO


  4. says:

    35This was a super short read 215 pages of pretty large print but it was fun heart warming and I managed to finish it within a couple of hours I didn't uite take enough from it to give it 4 stars but then it was far better than some of the books I've rated 3 stars in the past hence the rating I confess that I would not have read this book if the publishers had not provided a free copy for review I rarely like romance books and need something else to support the novel a mystery for example Or a fantasy world But this book surprised me with it's uirky humour and easy to read styleNot many books actually make me laugh out loud but this managed to extract a few giggles mostly during the conversations between Hadley and Oliver the chemistry was easily built up and sustained throughout Also that's another thing there wasn't any love at first sight nonsense so I'm not uite sure what that title's all about There is a touch of fatedestiny uestions about whether life is automatically leading you towards the one you're meant to be with but strangely it wasn't cheesy and it kind of worked I don't even know how But I'm guessing it must be in the author's talent for writing conversations the novel is made up mostly of conversations between the two protagonists and though a novel with so little plot movement should be boring I remained glued to the pagesIf you're British you should definitely read this for a good laugh at the stereotyping going on he's got the accent he's wearing trainers and his name is Oliver like Hadley points out as in Oliver Twist It's a little ridiculous but ridiculously funny than anything else Is this really how Americans perceive us? Or was the author just looking for a good excuse to use words like bloke and bloody hell? TeeheeheeThe slightly serious aspect of the novel was to do with Hadley trying to forgive her father for running off with another woman whilst in England I'm not sure why but I never actually felt like the author managed to redeem her father I wanted her to create a strong personality for him so I could see inside his mind and forgive him as a reader but I kind of felt like Hadley's decision to forgive didn't occur naturally and came out of the blue simply as a necessary part of the storyOh well this was a sweet book and it provided me with a couple of hours of light entertainment Many thanks to the publisher for kindly providing a copy of this for review


  5. says:

    This books is so utterly FABULOUS It’s one my favorite love stories and it happens in a mere twenty four hour period Don’t worry about the instalove thing happening here That’s something that I can’t stand and TSPoLaFS did you like how I shortened the titles there whew it’s a long one does not have instalove It has a progressive genuine building of a relationship that is sweet and endearingBoth characters are very relatable and I loved their scenes together They just play off of each other so very well Smith does an excellent job writing such likable charactersThe plot isn’t really all that complex I know that some people will think that it’s all fluff but it’s not There are some serious moments thrown in there too For the most part I just remember having that giddy feeling in my stomach during this novel I love being invested in the characters and being excited when reading the story This book is one of the reasons why I read


  6. says:

    Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?Now this is what I call a plain ol' romantic love story that has everything you want and It's definitely perfect for this time of year when you can cuddle up near a fire and just let your heart be filled The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight will leave you breathless and just when you think you can't take any sweetness you find out the reason behind this mouthful of a title and you're swept off your feet yet again After missing her flight and sulking around the airport Hadley meets this boy Oliver who has a handsome face and a charming personality And guess what? They're on the same flight Hadley's personality is perfect for this novel She's upset by her father's wedding which makes her a bit irrational but she's so loving and down to earth; It's effortless to simply adore her character The same goes for Oliver He has this attractive comfortable uality about him that makes it really easy to warm up to him I could completely understand Hadley's feelings towards him Heck I felt them too The romance was invigorating enchanting and felt absolutely fresh It was written beautifully with a sophisticated feel but without being excessive or cheesy The story is a real roller coaster ride full of ups and down; fears and joys There's something deeper than a simple love story as well it's also about family coming together which is really heartfelt I devoured every minute of it; I longed for once it was over Reading this is like chocolate it's addictive incredibly sweet and leaves you feeling simply blissful For of my reviews visit my blog at Xpresso Reads


  7. says:

    35 starsit's cute it's fluffy and if you go into it expecting anything elsejoke's on you really it's true that from the summary you think there're gonna be a few swoony moments and a little less of family drama but all the same it's a great relaxing read i would recommend to fans of freshly written contempsand of course i have to add it really helped that i imagined oliver as thisimage error


  8. says:

    This book was so cute and was the perfect thing to read to get out of my slump I was a little reluctant to read it as I've heard many negative reviews but I really enjoyed it I even liked the fact that it wasn't solely focused on romance and I am a romance junky There was also a sprinkling of London which of course I loved


  9. says:

    Is it better to have had a good thing and lost it or never to have had it? That the entire story takes place in only 24 hours gives perfect sense to the story and of course to the title It really is a uick and easy read like watching a cute romantic movie although I strongly don’t think that this is a story about love perhaps of a story of new beginnings or second chances or maybe even fate Yes fate is the better term^^By reading this book you'll learn a lot about airports since the good first part of the story is set at an airport and an airplane which I really have nothing against because last time I checked an airport is one of the most romantic settings where lovers profess their love for each other Do consult all those romantic movies ^^ Take this for instanceand thisand thisOh how I love this scene from FriendsThe story is simply written and the plot is almost linear There is really nothing in it that surprised me or wowed me which is what I was expecting because the cover seems to tell me to expect just that But I had no problems about the writing or the characters They’re likable enough In fact there are many insightful ideas that make you want to uote them It's not the changes that will break your heart; it's that tug of familiarity The problem for me though is that I felt like I've already read or watched several stories like this and as much as I wouldn't want to call this a cliché it kind of is But hey most people love clichés especially if they are cheesy and romantic right? And well yeah I have to admit that the title is very catchy It's what made me read the book in the first place^^


  10. says:

    This was just an alright book It had the potential to be super cute and adorable but ended up just being pretty meh I didn't really love that it was written in present tense it made the narration voice feel super weird at different points and I feel like the relationship didn't develop at all which isn't surprising since it's extremely short and the main characters are going through their own stuff that they have to deal withI did like though that both the characters had things they needed to work through even if the resolution of those things felt rushed over the last two chapters It was still nice to see at least a tiny bit of personal struggle and developmentI've been in the mood for contemporary but this was just not that great which is unfortunate because I LOVE one of the author's other books This Is What Happy Looks Like