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

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2012
Pages: 236 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Contemporary
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.


The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was a really sweet and lovely story about how fate can bring two people together in the most unexpected (and might be unfortunate) event. (That’s such a long title I’m gonna refer it as TSPOLAFS from now.)

Hadley’s parents are divorced and she lives with her mother while her father moves to England. Now seventeen years old, Hadley is invited to her father’s second wedding in London and if it hadn’t been her mother who forced her to go, she wouldn’t have left at all. However, Hadley misses her first flight and she gets stuck in the airport for a few hours until her next flight. Seems like fate is messing up with her…no? But there’s always a bright side in every unfortunate event, isn’t it? There she meets a boy who also happens to sit in the same row as she’s in the plane.

I admit that the title screams insta-love and there were few unrealistic coincidences but I wasn’t annoyed at all. In fact, I don’t think the romance in the book is insta-love. Jennifer E. Smith wove the story nicely and subtly that it actually felt like they had known each other for longer than mere 24 hours.

I really enjoyed this book and it did satisfy my contemporary needs. This book doesn’t only touch the subject of romantic love, but there’s also a second theme that I didn’t expect before: love between parents and children. There was so much more in this book than romance, there were also forgiveness and second chances. And I just have to give applause to the author for Hadley’s subtle change. The book isn’t thick – I devoured it quickly and what a satisfying experience it was. It made me smile and want to hug the book for how sweet it is.

TSPOLAFS consists of some flashbacks and I don’t really like too many flashbacks but the author gave the right amount of past and present and they didn’t really bore me as they did while I was reading The 5th Wave.

TSPOLAFS was a light read with serious undertones – I couldn’t help but to shed a tear once. I have no other words but one: SWEET.


    When I picked this one up I was expecting it to be insta-lovey too, but it wasn’t! The romance was just right. Great review!

  1. When I picked this one up I was expecting it to be insta-lovey too, but it wasn’t! The romance was just right. Great review!

    1. LOL I have no idea why your comment appeared twice xD Anyway, I totally agree with you! I was expecting insta-love but oh my, that’s definitely FAR from insta love 😛

  2. I loved this book. I didn’t think of it as insta-love because they never said they were in love. They just really liked to be in each others company. Great review.

    1. YAY! Thank you! I’m glad it worked for you too 😀 Hmm…now that you mention it…I just realized that they never say “I love you”…

  3. Haha, I agree that the title just screams insta-love, but it’s so adorable! And it’s such a relief that the story didn’t live up to its title, otherwise I’d shoot myself (kidding. I’d shoot myself over worse books).

    Love this: “This book doesn’t only touch the subject of romantic love, but there’s also a second theme that I didn’t expect before: love between parents and children.” – Portrayals of family are SO rare in YA these days – especially with the rise of dystopias, post-apocalyptics, etc. etc. – that it’s always a pleasant surprise when I stumble across a genuine one.

    And then there’s that bit about Hadley’s development: a double plus! If you shed a tear, too, then this book must have impacted you greatly. I have to admit that I wasn’t planning to read this book before, but your review has me more than a little intrigued now. That shows you’re a great reviewer, Kezia! 😉

    1. OMG THANK YOU, MEG!! <3 you’re one of my blogging idols and asdfghj *blushes*

      YES it’s so hard to find a great YA family…I think the good ones are TFIOS (awesome parents, btw), 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and Belles…

      I don’t really cry when I read so this book definitely touched my heart deeply — well, deep enough to make me shed a tear 😉

  4. I’m curious. See, I don’t usually read contemporary or sweet, but this book sounds fun. I’ve seen it around a lot and maybe I’ll take the plunge at some point.

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

    1. Yes, I am totally recommending this if you’re up for a light and sweet read! 🙂

  5. I so agree, this one is far from insta-love and that’s amazing considering the length of the book! I also agree on the sweet light read with a deep message attached, love it! I’m so glad you liked this one, it’s one of my favorites!

    1. Thanks for urging me to buy it, Alise! XD I’m so curious about This is What Happy Looks Like — it sounds like a light read too!

  6. I thought that this would be insta-love but it really did not feel like it. I agree- this one was really cute, there seem to be a lot of similarities between this one and What Happy Looks Like.

    Great review, Kezia! <33

    1. Now that I’ve known how good Jennifer E. Smith’s book is, I’m looking forward to reading What Happy Looks Like!

  7. Haha great review. This sounds like a cute book. Even though it’s sort of insta-lovey, some books it works well. I’m currently reading The 5th Wave and I am so bored…and I love Sci Fi! I don’t know whether I’ll ever finish it.

    1. Me too…I was waiting for the good part to happen but meh…I guess I’m putting it off for a while and go read something else instead… 🙁

  8. I’ve heard someone say that it was far too insta-lovey, but your review lifts my hopes for this book. I’ll definitely be borrowing it from my friend.

    1. Aww I’m so glad that I can help you! I never thought myself really good at this reviewing stuff but it seems like I’m getting better and better at it! I hope you’ll enjoy it, Shannelle <33

  9. well thats me buying it! x

    1. I hope you’ll like it too, Emily! 😀

  10. I like books with flashbacks 🙂 and it’s good that there is more to the story than only a romance, because that makes me more interested to read it. Great review!


    1. Thanks, Mel! ^^ it was a pleasant surprise to find the story had more depth than I initially expected. I hope you’ll enjoy it when you get to pick it up 😀

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