Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight 
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: January 2, 2012 
Publisher: Poppy 
Source: Publisher
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. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that 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 in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
Review: The 256 pages of this book are a pure joy to read and you’ll zip right through this book. I had been in a reading funk for a while and this book took me right out of it! It takes place over 24 hours, which makes it a unique story since not a lot of books do that these days. Jennifer E. Smith demonstrates wonderful writing, amazing characters and a plot too cute to be true.

We are introduced to Hadley who is not very happy about going to London for her father’s wedding to a women she has never met. She is portrayed so wonderfully and so realistically that you feel so much for her. You want her to be happy. Oliver, too, from the second we meet him is a charmer and a person who makes you smile. Both teens were multidimensional and it was like seeing the book and story unfold right in front of you. Jennifer E. Smith is a master at creating realistic characters!

This book does have a sort of insta love going on and while I usually dislike it, it worked so well for this story. Part of it had to do with the fact that Jennifer E. Smith’s writing was able to not make it forced like many authors seem to do. Her writing made the characters jump out and seem even more real than ever. Nothing about this book felt forced, especially the random meetings the two had throughout the book and when they get separated, you’ll want them to meet up again, just like I did.

Overall, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a quick, cute and heartwarming story that is sure to make you fall in love with the leading characters and get you out of a reading funk (like it did for me.) I couldn’t stop thinking about hoe Hadley and Oliver could be one of my real friends, facing some of the similar problems and feelings. This is a book you don’t want to miss!

Overall: 5/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—Love the simple font with the red LOVE and the two people kissing and the world behind them is all blurry! 


  1. I loooved this one. It was just so cute! I agree, the insta-love aspect actually worked with this scenario! :) Thanks for the review.
    - Lauren

  2. Yay! I'm glad you liked it. I'm haven't read it yet, but every positive review I read makes me want the book even more! Great review!
    Book Light Graveyard

    1. I think you're gonna love it, Karen!