Monday, 13 May 2013

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - Jennifer E. Smith

Title - The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author - Jennifer E. Smith

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.


When I picked it up I did not think this book would be as good as the title and it when I read it was different from what I expected but this book was still surprisingly good, a little on the slightly unrealistic side in terms of the events after the flight but still fun nonetheless. Trust me peeps the chance of finding someone in the way Hadley did was almost impossible, in London you can get lost almost infinite times within a mile radius.
Hadley had a very clear and likable voice that made reading this book amazingly enjoyable. Hadley is an emotional wreck; she is sad, angry and feels betrayed by her dad and the sudden destruction of her family unit. She is insecure, reckless and irrational. She embodies not just the perfect teenager but the perfectly real human being.

I can’t say I am a real fan of the way Oliver speaks, as a British person I have to say we do not talk like we are from the colonial period but nonetheless her was a good enough hero. Nothing in happened in the book that could not happen in real life… maybe.

When reading YA books I am always mindful of how annoyingly unrealistic the parents are but Smith has written yet another realistic set of characters. The parents are not perfect of completely distant, they both love their daughter but each one has faults and they admit to it. I actually really liked Hadley’s dad, despite the fact that he had made a mistake that split their family unit; this does not make him a monster. He is simply a man who fell in love and the romantic in me sort of melts at that scene.

I really liked this book with it’s very simple and introspective storyline. I give it 4 out 5 stars.

Product Detail
Paperback: 240 ages
Publisher: Headline
Language: English
Author's Website:


  1. I was pretty surprised by the book. It was so cute though! I get that the book is unrealistic in some aspects, but that's the thing about books, isn't it? They're supposed to be slightly unrealistic. I find YA book parents are a bit hard to write about. We all saw them as evil creatures when we were teens, so how can we get an accurate description now? I liked the simple plot of the story, it wasn't all "gotcha" like some books are. It's one of those books that you read every once in a while. Great review!

  2. I agree, it wasn't about saving the word or some epic journey and usually I get bored by chic lits but I have to say I did love it. I know what you mean about parents, I've never thought about it that way before but you're right :)

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