Most of us wonder “what if” at some point in our lives. What if I hadn’t been there? What if I took fifth street instead of eighth street? We wonder if things might have been altered if we’d chose differently or if our timing had been better or worse. In Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight we wonder if a story would be worth telling if the main character hadn’t been four minutes late for her flight.
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. She’s stuck at JFK, late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that 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 in seat 18C. Hadley’s in 18A.
Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. 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.
There is so much to say about this book. It’s insightful, funny, heartbreaking, hopeful and engrossing. The characters are so well-developed that they could possibly be your friends and family; they have depth, flaws and the undefinable essence of humanity.
The story is beautiful and the plot perfectly paced. The characters grow and change through happiness and sorrow. You’ll be surprised and satisfied as the story unfolds. It’s a journey that should not be missed.