Released: January 5th 2012
My Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
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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. (from Goodreads)
So I’m not entirely sure how to write this review. Not because I didn’t like the book (I freaking LOVED it) but because I don’t know how to justify my intense adoration for it. I’m a notorious hater of insta-love, and the events in this novel take place over the course of twenty-four hours. But guys...it didn’t feel like insta-love. Probably because it wasn’t love. It was the beginnings of it. The start of a new relationship you know will be awesome and fantastic. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was the story of how Hadley and Oliver met – what happens after that, we don’t know. And we don’t need to know – because that first meeting, their first day together, was enough for me. Just awesome.
Hadley was a character I could easily relate to. I could understand how she was feeling and why she was so upset with her dad remarrying so quickly after the divorce with her mum. I think I’d probably feel the same way if I were her (though Hadley’s sarcastic remarks were much better than mine would have been :P) and it was because of this that I really enjoyed seeing the effect Oliver’s influence had on her and how she slowly began to change and start to realise that while her dad definitely did stupid things and wasn’t perfect, she still loved him and didn’t want to shut him out of her life anymore. I think Hadley grew up a lot in those twenty-four hours - and it didn’t seem completely unrealistic. Okay, some things she did seemed a bit odd, but I could believe why Hadley began to change her mind about her dad. It was something that could really happen to anyone in life, and I think Hadley was quite brave to do what she did. I don’t know if I could have been as mature and forgiving.
Oliver. Omg, Oliver. He. Was. So. Cute. I ADORED him! He was hilarious, sweet, kind, awesome and just amazingly lovely, and knew exactly how to make Hadley feel better. He was going through his own stuff too, that he didn’t share with Hadley right away, but he still tried to stay positive and cheer Hadley up with some ridiculous conversation about koalas or mayonnaise. I liked him from the first moment he was introduced to the very last page where everything was wrapped up. The spark, the chemistry between Oliver and Hadley when the met was so, so brilliant and well-written - the kind that you know could only mean the start of a great love story. And while this was only the start, there was this warm feeling in my stomach that made me feel like these two would be okay, that things would work out for them. This was the kind of romance you daydream about when you’re in the middle of a boring class, or when you’re sitting at home on a rainy day – the awesomest kind there is.
The writing style in The Probability of Love at First Sight was quite unusual (third person present tense, which I don’t think I’ve ever come across before). It took a bit of getting used to, but I grew to love it and appreciate the effect it had on the story and on us as readers. I think you just need to read this book to understand what I mean (and you should definitely, definitely read this book). The story also flowed really well, and I loved the way it all played out. It was cool how Hadley and Oliver kept running into each other, and how when they were apart, they were still thinking of each other. Their first encounter definitely connected the two together – there was something between them, and they both knew it.
Overall, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was an amazing read that everyone – even cynics (I’m a cynic, I swear, but this book has the power to make anyone gush and smile) – need to read. I hope it makes you all feel all warm and fuzzy inside, like it did me. Comes with my highest recommendation.