Published: January 5th 2012, Headline
Pages: 215 pages (ARC)
Series/standalone: Standalone (Contemporary standalone - the ultimate!)
Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher
Summary (from Goodreads): Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Imagine if she hadn't fogotten the book. Or if there hadn't been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn't fumbled the coins for the toll. What if she'd run just that little bit faster and caught the flight she was supposed to be on. Would it have been something else - the weather over the atlantic or a fault with the plane?
Hadley isn't sure if she believes in destiny or fate but, on what is potentially the worst day of each of their lives, it's the quirks of timing and chance events that mean Hadley meets Oliver...
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.
My review: I think I'm always more critical of contemporary novels than other genres, mostly because I feel as though it's my comfort zone and I know more about that area of the market than any other. I read so many glowing reviews of this one that I did have my reservations - if anything's massively hyped up I always steel myself to be disappointed as I find more often than not it doesn't quite deliver as much as I hoped it would. I'm really, really happy to say that The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight absolutely blew me away and completely surpassed my expectations. Thank God for that!
Anyone who knows me knows I love my contemporary and, honestly, this is perfect contemporary at its finest. The writing is light-hearted and fun, the characters are likeable and relateable from the outset and at the centre of it all is a sweet, romantic love story. When I turned the final page I am not at all ashamed to say my eyes were brimming with tears and I had a very, very dopey smile on my face. It's just lovely; if you're having a crappy day then pick this one up and delve in, I guarantee it will cheer you up and make you believe in love again.
When I talk to people about this book I just want to clasp my hands together and flutter my eyelashes until I look like a Disney character. It's just so damn sweet. 'Sweet' is often a word I associate with books that are a little lacklustre but that's not the case here; The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight deals with sensitive issues so well and I really commend Smith for that, I think she did a brilliant job.
As I said earlier, the characters here are fantastic. Hadley is great - interesting enough that she's memorable after you've finished reading but not so 'quirky' that you'll want to boot her round the back of the head. She's the sort of girl you want to be friends with and that's always a quality I like in a heroine. And Oliver, well, he's ridiculously charming, isn't he? A proper English gentleman through and through, you can't help but by charmed by him. Hadley and Oliver have obvious chemistry from the very beginning but the journey (physical and emotional) that they go on together and the way their relationship develops throughout the book, is what makes The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight an absolute winner.
Also, the male model on the French cover (posted down at the bottom of this post) looks *exactly* the way I pictured Oliver while I was reading the book - good job, French cover designers!
First line: 'There are so many ways it could have all turned out differently.'
Read if you liked…: Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
Total: 17/20 (A)