2014 EVENTS:
Holly Bourne, Non Pratt and James Dawson - 30th October
Becca Fitzpatrick - 15th November

Friday, 8 August 2014

GUEST REVIEW: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - Jennifer E. Smith

Friday, 8 August 2014
GENRE: Contemporary/Romance
PAGES: 240
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones
RATING: 4.5 Stars

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? Imagine if she hadn't fogotten the book. Or if there hadn't been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn't fumbled the coins for the toll. What if she'd run just that little bit faster and caught the flight she was supposed to be on. Would it have been something else - the weather over the atlantic or a fault with the plane? Hadley isn't sure if she believes in destiny or fate but, on what is potentially the worst day of each of their lives, it's the quirks of timing and chance events that mean Hadley meets Oliver...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.

I received this book as an ARC on NetGalley and I have to admit at first I thought it would be your typical boy-meets-girl YA novel, but I was wrong as it turned out to be much more than that.

Hadley’s relationship with her parents was very interesting and as I got further in to the book I enjoyed reading about her interactions with them. Hadley’s relationship with her father had suffered due to him leaving her mother and moving to London, and she disliked him for a while. As the book progresses we see Hadley’s feelings for him change as she realises that her father is very happy and that he never had any intention to cut Hadley out of his life. With regards to her mother, Hadley almost blamed her for what had happened but, again, as the story goes on, she realises that it wasn’t her fault and nothing could have been done to stop her father from leaving.

Oliver is a key character in this book and I thought that he and Hadley were very cute together. Over the 24 hour period that this book is set in, their lives intersect in intriguing ways and it was very fun to read. I will try to avoid spoilers here but when I find out why Oliver was travelling to London, it changed my whole perspective of him.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and although I would have loved to read more about Hadley and Oliver, the book ended in the best possible way it could have. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars because it was a wonderful quick and easy read and I look forward to reading more books by Jennifer E. Smith.

- Zarin.

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