Monday, April 7, 2014

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

Release Date: January 2, 2012
Info about the author: Goodreads - Twitter - Website
Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown
Age group: YA
Pages: 236
Buy the book: Amazon - The Book Depository

Rating: 4/5

Description (from Goodreads):

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. 


Hadley misses her plane to London by four minutes. FOUR MINUTES. Usually that is the thing that would get you really frustrated, but Hadley is to embark on a trip she is so not looking forward to. A trip to attend her father's wedding. A wedding with a bride she has never met. After her delay, a new flight is scheduled. But before she gets to the plane, she meets Oliver. He is tall, handsome and very gentlemanly. And he is British. Despite all of her nervousness about the wedding, the claustrophobia of the airport and the plane, she notices that Oliver is pretty perfect. And what are the odds - he will be sitting next to her on the plane.

Hadley, who is usually scared of flying, has the best flight of her life with Oliver sitting next to her. They talk for hours - Hadley tells about her family, the divorce of her parents, the new bride she has never met, the wedding she is not looking forward to. Oliver is not so talkative, not ready to talk about his family, but he is a good listener. There is a connection between the two, but sadly the flight ends too soon and they depart to different directions. Their meeting felt like fate. Will fate bring them together for a second time, or will the flight just remain as a nice memory?

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was such a CUTE and FAST read. The ending is quite predictable, but what happens between came as a surprise, at least to me. I loved both Hadley and Oliver. I know Hadley might seem a bit annoying to some, but having been through a divorce of my own parents and the new partners etc, I know what Hadley feels - angry, confused and just hoping that she would be able to turn back the time and go to the point everything was still "fine". I really liked how Hadley changed in the short period of time and started to realize things she had not thought about before. Oliver is perfect, of course, and totally the type of guy I would like to accept to sit next to me on a flight. He is described as tall, dark and handsome. And he has a British accent. And he goes to Yale. And he has an amazing sense of humor, which I really liked. And he seems intelligent (well, he must be if he is in Yale). So yes, the perfect package.

This book did not change my life or anything, but it was a fun and cute and really fast read perfect for the summer. It dealt with some issues many are familiar with (divorce, relationship between a child and a parent etc.), but it is also very funny and romantic. I would love to see this as a film! 

(So I wrote this review a while ago, not yet knowing that this will actually be made into a film. SUPER EXCITING! Who would you like to see cast as Hadley and Oliver? 


  1. I enjoyed this book. It should make a cute film! The story is straightforward and short enough that not too much will have to be left out.

    1. That's true! I'm glad to see contemporary YA novels adapted into films as well - they arguably are more "talky" than the paranormal/dystopian film adaptations, but I actually quite like that :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I still need to read this one. I bought a copy not that long ago and really enjoyed This is What Happy Looks Like, so I have no excuse. I'm glad you liked it. I love a cute, quick romance. Great review!

    1. I actually liked this one a bit more than This is What Happy Looks Like - the idea was so simple because people meet strangers on airports every day, but the way the relationship was established was really well written. I actually can't wait to see this as a film because I have a feel it will be one of those talky, cute, romantic films I love so much.

      Thanks for stopping by :)


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