Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Posted January 29, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 6 Comments

Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. SmithThe Statistical Probability of Love at First SIght by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Poppy on January 2nd, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 236
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

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.

3 Stars

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a charming, quick, light read for when you’re in that contemporary kind of mood. You can very easily read it in one sitting to cleanse the palate.

Obviously, looking at the title, this book is really romance-centric. Oliver is so absolutely charming. The dialogue between him and Hadley is really pleasant and adorable. There were some super touching moments, and my heart melted just a bit at the end. And I mean, I read the whole thing picturing Oliver as this guy, adorable accent included. How can you go wrong?


Julian Morris

Overall there’s not much depth to this story, but it’s a light contemporary, so what did you expect? As a child of divorced parents, however, I can advise people in a similar situation to read it. Even though it’s such a short book, Hadley makes an amazing step of growth concerning the divorce situation in that short time. It was really recognizable, and ultimately I think teens in such a situation might be able to cope better if they read such a book. The heartwarming scenes between Hadley and her dad toward the end may have been more touching than the romance itself, and gave me a sudden urge to call up my dad and tell him I love him.

However, in trying to analyze Hadley’s relationship with her father, a lot of flashbacks were used. During the plane ride, you’re taken away from Oliver to see another scene of Hadley being mad at her dad. And that’s kind of distracting sometimes. Especially considering that after the plane ride, after she leaves Oliver, there are flashbacks to the plane ride, scenes with Oliver that apparently we skipped over earlier. I… didn’t really like that that much. I don’t know if there could have been a better way to execute this story with the same effectiveness, but it felt like there were a few too many timejumps.

It’s definitely a pleasant read though, and considering its length, I can easily recommend it if you want some light contemporary to shake things up a bit. It’s definitely a heartwarming romance, though it may not be the most memorable one. And I just have to mention the cover!! I love it so, so, so much.

Recommended To:

Children of divorce, fans of travel contemporaries.

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6 responses to “Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

    • Yes! I’m not much of a contemporary person, but sometimes it’s just what I need to keep going. I hope you like this one 🙂 it really is heartwarming. Thanks!

  1. I really surprised myself when I liked this book. Contemporary romance is not really my thing, but, as you said, the interactions between Hadley and Oliver were just adorable. I really liked how the whole story felt realistic to me; unlikely, sure, but still realistic, like this could have actually happened somewhere. It’s just one of those warm-and-fuzzy stories–one of those books I’d revisit on a bad day.

    • Yay, I’m glad you agree and enjoyed this one! It is indeed unlikely, but it was the best kind of story for when I’m in one of those hopeless romantic moods 🙂

  2. I think I might pass on this book for now. However, given the quircky title and knowing how these things work on me, I might just pick it up one day. And romance-centric? Sometimes that’s just what I need. Sorry to hear about the flashbacks that didn’t exactly work for you.

    • Yeah, I love the title xD that was actually the reason I wanted to read it. The title won me over, the blurb was just a bonus. And yeah, it’s not a book to go out of your way to read, but when you just want something light and fluffy it totally works.

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