Monday 13 February 2012


Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Imagine if she hadn't forgotten 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.

This is one of the longest and most intriguing titles I've heard in a while. But it makes perfect sense after finishing the book.

Hadley doesn't want to go to London, especially since it's to attend her father's wedding. He's marrying a British woman she hasn't met and doesn't want to know about. Still, she gets to the airport, has a fight with her mother, and then finds out she's four minutes late. Enough to miss the plane.

While waiting for the next one, she meets Oliver. A nice guy who is willing to help her out when no one else wants to get involved. He's nice looking, kind, and makes her laugh with his teasing chatter. And as it turns out--after another twist of fate--they end up sitting next to each other on the plane to London.

She finds it amazing how easily she can talk to him about the problems she's continually hounded by. Not just her phobias, but about her father too. She's deeply troubled and even feels betrayed by her father because he basically abandoned Hadley and her mother to go and live somewhere else, and be with someone else. Her relationship with him is pretty much broken, and she's deeply wounded by it. So much that she doesn't believe in marriage.

So when she finds herself in London, and desperately wanting to see Oliver again, does that mean she'll be able to work through all the emotional problems and baggage she's been carrying around?

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is an amazing, engrossing book. The story sucked me in right away, and I enjoyed putting the pieces of Hadley's life back together again. She's such an emotionally-scarred teenager, and I couldn't wait to see her story end in a positive place. In the end, I absolutely loved the journey. As well as what she discovers along the way about herself, Oliver, her parents, and life in general.

Great book!        

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, January 2012, ISBN 9780755384020, Headline Fiction

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