Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Published: January 2nd 2012
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Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?At first I really adored this book. Not to say I don't appreciate it now, but without the emotional fluff and cheese high holding me captive I can rate this more objectively. My review will contain my original thoughts 'while' and 'after' reading The Statistical since I’m using my notes to craft this review right now, but my rating has changed a little. Also, thanks so much to my lovely friend Christina [Christina Reads YA] who kindly gifted me a gorgeous paperback copy.
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.
A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?
Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
“Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world.”
The main plus for me was Hadley and her dad and how the book showcased two possibilities and their outcomes with two families as examples. The rekindling of a father-daughter relationship was beautiful to watch and brought me to tears, though not full on crying. It was very humbling.
Now, a few months later I realize that it was just that—a fluffy read full of promises and possibilities, but I probably won’t remember much in a few years other than a plane ride and a wedding. The book suited me at the time and I will most likely re-read it on a rainy day when I’m in need of a cute contemporary, but since the characters or the plot didn’t leave big impressions on me, my rating has been brought down from the original 3.5.
I definitely recommend this to people who are in need of some fluff, cheese and light family drama with a happy ending to every problem. It created cute two evenings for me and I’m forever grateful for that. It’s just that compared to some of the other books I had read at the time, and have read now, this doesn’t stand out hence the new lower rating. I will most certainly check out some other books by Jennifer when I have the time.
Overall rating: 3.0 out of 5.0