The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight has all the right elements for a great book, you got the great “meet-cute”, awesome Airplane and London setting, who doesn’t love weddings? and I can’t forget to mention the very adorable cover, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be and was a HUGE FLOP.
Hadley is 17 years old and is on her way to be in her father’s wedding. This is her father’s second marriage and Hadley has issues with her parent’s divorce. Oliver is on the same flight as Hadley and the two them form a relationship over the 7 hour flight.
No, the book isn’t all on the plane (though I wish it was), they both land in London and there is story there, however most of the interaction between Hadley and Oliver is minimal once they both land in London. (huge bummer in my eyes).
I really wanted to like it, I really did, it was even nominated on Goodreads 2012 vote list?!, so how could I, crazy me, not like it?! I.Simply.Did.Not.
I like the overall idea and the characters were grand, heck, even the British slang written throughout was bloody brilliant, BUT the writing style was just not for me.
I can’t tell you how much I HATE books with no dialogue. The story was lacking substance, meat and intensity, even “cutesy” books have some drama!
I could care less about Hadley’s daddy-issues. Maybe I couldn’t empathize. Most of the time I wanted to scream and say “oh get over yourself Hadley, your freaking 17 year old almost adult, just get over it!”. Oliver story was good, we don’t understand what happens until the middle, but it still wasn’t enough for me to get overly excited, I was just thinking, oh big deal.
So, is this a love story? No, it’s a mild love story, but it’s mostly about a little girl’s issues with her parents breaking up and meeting a boy who kind of helps her see things in a different light. It would have been better in my opinion if Oliver helped Hadley’s issues by interacting with her, but it’s mostly Hadley thinking out loud. There’s a lot of descriptive scenes and many paragraphs of Hadley thinking, just not my type of reading.
I do not recommend unless you’re 13 years-old and you’re parents are getting a divorce.
Oh, one more thing, I liked how the title was mentioned on the last page, nice touch.