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

Posted August 3, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 4 Comments

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

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

by Jennifer E. Smith
Pages: 236
Published on January 2nd 2012
by Poppy/Little Brown
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: The Geography of You and Me

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.

5 Stars

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I literally just finished reading this book and when I turned the last page, I sighed and smiled. Although this may seem like just another Young Adult Contemporary book with insta-love, it isn’t. It’s something entirely different. And I loved every single part of it.

“Love isn’t supposed to make sense. It’s completely illogical.”

This is the story about Hadley. Her parents are divorced and we meet her on the airport where she just misses her flight to London, where her father is getting remarried. And at that airport, in a full waiting area, she meets Oliver. A seemingly perfect guy who just happens to sit in her row on the plain. They talk and the time passes quickly. And after they land, they lose each other in the chaos at the airport. Will they meet again?


This was a really sweet and light novel with a heaviness behind it. We get flashbacks from Hadley and her mom and dad before, during and after the divorce and I never once got confused. It all blended in together and if felt like reading a movie. Sounds weird, I know. Even though most people, me included, think of insta-love after reading that title. It sure sounds like it. But it isn’t. The romance was sweet and this book wasn’t all unicorns and rainbows. The flashbacks gave more depth to the story. I really loved it and more importantly, I believed it. It was very realistic and I know it can happen in real life, because it happened to me. The entire book takes place over a period of 24 hours, but it felt so much longer to me.

“That’s it? A good feeling?”
“That’s it,” she says. “I think it’s meant to be.”
“I’m pretty sure it doesn’t work that way,” Hadley says with a frown, but Violet only smiles.
“What if it does?”

Even though this was a pretty short and quick read, I really got to know the characters. I loved Hadley and I can relate to her. My parents are divorced (not for the same reason, but still) and I’ve experienced love at first sight. And the guy I fell in love with at first sight, has been my boyfriend for the past 4 and a half years. I really loved her and Oliver too. Who doesn’t love a handsome guy with a British accent? Come on… I loved her mom and dad too, even though they didn’t have a really big part in the book. I got to know them through the flashbacks. Really loved them.

“What are you really studying?”
He leans back to look at her. “The statistical probability of love at first sight.”

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves contemporary. Even if you don’t, just give it a try. It’s the perfect summer read (or winter read, it’s always perfect). Just give it a try and I hope you’ll love it as much as I did.

That title is way to long by the way.


About Jennifer E. Smith

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her writing has been translated into 28 languages.

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