Monday, May 6, 2013

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

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith was a charming, easy read I flew threw! I wasn't as blown away as some bloggers, but maybe it is because I came late to the game. Nevertheless, I liked this book.

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. (GoodReads).

  • Level of Originality: 4. This absolutely feels like a rom-com, think an early Meg Ryan movie of Four Weddings and a Funeral-lite version for teens. But I am cool with that! 
  • Level of Absurdity: 1/10, depending on whether or not the idea of love at first sight makes you roll your eyes or not.
  • Level of Paranormal Romance: 4. Cute without insta-love. Huzzah! (And I love the idea that the dark plane as a bubble that allows two people to connect without the weight of the world).
  • Level of Harry Potterness: 4.I was not absorbed 100% into this world, but this books feels like a more thoughtful version of Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill (see my review!). I think its a really nice contemplation of how both teens and parents might view a divorce. Hadley's feelings on her dad and having to see him as a new person in a new life got me, I felt sad and could understand her dislocation.


  1. I agree on not feeling fully absorbed into the story, but I really enjoyed this book. I still felt connected with the characters and just wanted them to be happy. :)

  2. I give Smith mad props for writing a story sans insta-love and for smashing the randomness of Hadley and Oliver's meeting into one 24-hour time period. It's nice to finally see an author thinking outside-the-box. Plus I think the idea of connecting with someone during something so mundane as a flight is super romantic. I haven't read this one yet but it's been on my radar for quite some time! I have a feeling I probably won't be super blown away but will enjoy it all the same.

  3. I really enjoyed this one. I probably loved it so much because I expected it to be just okay and it was just... happy-making. :)

  4. I thought this one was quite cute, but not as fantastic as I'd heard before reading it. You're so right about it feeling like a film!


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