Grade: 4 Butterflies
Name: The Statistical Probaility of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Source: My Bookshelf
Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown
Pages: Hardcover, 236 pages
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 row.
A 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 more?
Quirks 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.
The first thing I want to say is that this book was great and way better then I thought it would be going in. I don't often give more then 3 Butterflies to a light, fun contemporary book, mainly because those kinds of books just don't have enough depth in them to make me feel like they deserve more then 3 Butterflies. However, when I finished this book I was in shock on how well Jennifer E. Smith wrote this book. It still had enough lightness in it so it didn't feel like deep emotional book, but at the same time she put enough depth in it so it didn't just feel like fluff.
The plot in this book quickly grabs your attention and never lets it go. One of the reasons on why that is, is because the author makes a emotional connection between you and Hadley. You keep reading because you want to see her meet her dad, you want to see what she will say to her dad, you want to see what he'll say to her, you want to know if she'll forgive him. You need to know these things.
Another reason I really liked the plot was it wasn't mainly a love story. There was still a love story, but I thought going into this book that it will be fully about the love story and the conflict with her family would be like a second thought from the author to make it seem more real. It wasn't like that, but I don't want to say that the love story was second to her family's conflict, because it wasn't like that either. Both Hadley's family issues and the love story were equally necessary to the plot and for the theme. I really liked that and was impressed that the author was able to do that so well.
The thing that I was most scared about before reading this book was that the romance would be insta-love and cheesy and that would ruin the whole book for me. I am so happy to say that the romance wasn't like that one bit. There was no Insta-love and while there was some cheesy things said, it wasn't overly cheesy. And the author wrote their relationship so well that I could feel the connection between them. And I love how in this book it never developed into love, their connection developed into the possibility of love, but nothing more. If the author wrote it where the connection did move on to love in the end of the story I would have rolled my eyes and this book would have got 3 Butterflies or lower.
So, the characters in this book were nothing really special, but I didn't care, because they where written so well that they felt like real people. And if they were extraordinary characters then it would have thrown the whole book off balance, because the theme of this book is that anybody can meet their soul mates at any given time and if the characters weren't like average people then that wouldn't have felt real.
So, throughout this whole review I've been saying how great of an author Jennifer E. Smith is and its completely true. She somehow maneged to write a book about falling in love at first sight without the annoying insta-love. She also maneged to write a light fun book with just enough depth in it to still seem like a light, fun book, but not make it seem like fluff. And in some places when she was writing Hadley's thoughts on a matter it literally sounded like poetry, without it being annoying. Jennifer E. Smith is now on my top ten favorite authors list.
Overall, this book was so much better then I thought it would be. It was the perfect blend between a light fun book and a deep serious book. Everything about this book was great, the only thing I wish was that she would write sequel about Hadley and Oliver's story, because I want to know what happens to them. So, I highly recommend this book to every who hasn't read it yet, because its a great story.
This book got....
Beloved, This is a really good book.
Reccomened if you like: Contemparay, Love stories, and great writing.
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Thats my review, I hope you'll read this book.