Do you believe in love at first sight? I’m torn. I’d like to say 100% yes, but I know that’s not very realistic. But then again, what kind of world would it be if there wasn’t love at first sight. At least for someone. No, you don’t fall head over heels with everyone you meet, and you might take days, months, years to fall in love with the person you end up with, but the romantic in me loves this idea. And this book.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is, to sum it up, cute and adorable. It’s rough, and raw, and real. I just, I LOVE THIS BOOK. The book follows two people, Hadley and Oliver, who meet for the first time in an airport and, and “run into” each other, over twenty-four period. Yes, this whole book is set within twenty-four hours. It’s the first book I’ve read like this, and I can’t wait to read more like it.
First there’s Hadley. A stubborn, sarcastic American girl on the way to her father’s wedding inLondon, to a women she’s never met. How fun does that sound? Well, according to Hadley, it doesn’t. She’s not thrilled that her father left, she’s not thrilled that he’s getting remarried and she’s not thrilled with meeting her new stepmom. She just doesn’t want to go. But her mom isn’t giving her much of a choice. Don’t you love how parents guilt you into things?
At the airport Hadley meets Oliver. A good-looking British boy who sweeps her off her feet. Well, not exactly, but he does offer to carry her suitcase. As fate, and a little white lie, has it, they end up sitting next to each other on the plane, and the story spirals from there. Through twists and turns and an airplane ride, we learn more about these characters—their present and past. Did I mention Oliver is British? Hello accent!
One of the real gems of this story, I thought, was Hadley’s dad. Aside from the living inLondonand getting re-married, he reminds me a lot of my dad. The way he talks to Hadley, the ways he listens to her and shows her he cares. It’s heartwarming. Their relationship, or lack thereof, plays a huge role throughout the book. Here’s my favorite scene between the two of them.
“You know what they say,” Dad said. “If you love something, set it free.”
“What if he doesn’t come back?”
“Some things do, some things don’t,” he said, reaching over to tweak her nose. “I’ll always come back to you anyway.”
“You don’t light up,” Hadley pointed out, but Dad only smiled.
“I do when I’m with you.”
How cute is that?! Through “flashbacks” and her conversations with Oliver, we are slowly opened up to the situation between Hadley and her dad. What happened, what took place after, and where their future is headed.
If you have not read this book, and adore YA contemporary books, I highly encourage you to read it. It’s a well written, thoughtfully planned out, face paced book.
And for those who have read this book, I think my favorite quote was when Oliver said “North Dakota.” Cue the awes!