Genres: Young adult, contemporary, romance.
17-year-old Hadley’s super stressed after enduring a morning of everything going wrong. After missing her flight from JFK to London Heathrow by a mere four minutes, she’s not sure whether to cry or cheer – she’s meant to be on her way to her father’s second wedding. Hadley’s never met her soon-to-be stepmother, and she’s not sure whether she even wants to. But then she meets Oliver, a British boy also travelling to London, and things start to look a little brighter…
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight first caught my eye because of its title. How could I not be curious about such a fantastic title? I then saw the cover and thought it was simple, but completely adorable. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is one of the most adorable books I’ve ever read. It’s short and sweet, only 250 pages with a rather large font size, but this makes it extremely fast-paced, which suits the story perfectly. I had to stop myself smiling while reading it on public transport because I didn’t want to look silly. I also regretted having to put it down and go to work. I do not personally believe in love at first sight, destiny or fate, but this did not stop me falling head over heels in love with Hadley and Oliver’s brewing relationship. I could completely understand how they might fall for each other after spending a long flight getting to know one another. The story’s not complex, but it’s still full of twists and turns. I thought it’d be a straightforward romance novel, but I couldn’t guess where Hadley and Oliver would end up.
I also love that The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight does not purely focus on the romantic relationship, but also the familial. Hadley grows as a character as she slowly works out how she feels about her parents’ relationship with her. She’s also determined to get Oliver to open up about his parents, something that’s proving a little difficult. The novel’s humorous throughout and even occasionally bookish – there’s many a Dickens quotation. A particular memorable moment for me is when Hadley realises that her father buys multiple copies of his favourite books because he’s building her a personal library.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a brilliantly witty contemporary novel that’s a mix of elation, sorrow and meaningful advice. It’s a book that’s sure to make you smile when you curl up with it in the wintertime. It will be released in 2nd January in the US and 5th January in the UK.
Thank you Headline for providing this book to review!