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Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight

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“It’s not the changes that will break your heart; it’s that tug of familiarity.”

Okay, so I find myself getting hooked with some good ol’ YA here and this one’s worth reading. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight have been lying on my (digital) bookshelf for months and just this week that I got up the courage to break my reading  hiatus and finish this sweetheart in 2 to 3 days!

This is a story about Hadley and Oliver and how they met at JFK airport and found connection they both find rare with people in their lives. Hadley missed her flight (by 4 minutes) to London to attend to her Dad’s (2nd) wedding to her soon-to-be Stepmom. Though stressed by the dilemma, she found comfort with Oliver, a British cute boy who kept her entertained & occupied all through out their flight to Heathrow whom she met while trying to leave her luggage to a fellow passenger who refuses which gave him the chance to offer his help.

On their flight to Heathrow, the two spent the night talking about life and love and family and fears and other stuffs Oliver would make out of nothing just to distract Hadley of her claustrophobia. Upon arriving at London, they had to separate ways as they both had appointments waiting for them that day. The book ends with the two eventually being together for the night, with Hadley being able to make it to her Dad’s wedding and Oliver also, done with his own business.

The book goes between the now and then of Hadley’s life. It showed how she had to go through her parents’ separation and how she managed to stay strong for her Mom. It showed how she’s hated her Dad for doing this to her Mom and how he could drop everything just like that. In spite of all these bitterness towards her Dad, in the end, Hadley found in her heart to finally forgive Dad and accept the fact that she now have two sets of family, one in US, and one in London.

Overall, I’d rate this book 3 out of 5 stars. Yes, I like how it’s written but it’s lacking in depth in terms of the plot and characters. I wish there was more complication than giving away situations like how Hadley found Oliver’s place in London and how Oliver just kissed her at customs in Heathrow. I just think that readers would love some challenge before that first kiss, before they see each other again.

Though I’d prefer Jennifer Smith to complicate the characters as well as the plot, I also loved the simplicity of it all. How most lines are quotable, how each time Hadley remembers memories from her childhood (with her Dad around) breaks my heart, how it makes me smile sheepishly when Oliver shows up in the scene, all these simplicity make up the overall image of this book -a “feel-good” read ideal for teens and adults alike, who believes in love at first sight and love, and second chances.

It’s really a short book, one you can read in a day if you really have nothing to do. This book is about love and forgiveness, of families and broken families. Of all the probabilities that may come in our lives and how we should never be afraid of it and all the changes that may come and learn to embrace it.

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