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

Posted April 10, 2012 by Emily in book review, Uncategorized / 20 Comments

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: ReviewThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
on January 2, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Family, Marriage & Divorce, Girls & Women, Love & Romance
Pages: 256
Format: Advanced Review Copy
Source: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

I received this book for free from Little Brown Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

This book was recommended to me on twitter. I got my copy at BEA last May, and as the release date rolled around, I saw lots of good things about it. But, it just didn’t seem my style. I mean, come on, instant love? That’s a recipe for disaster in my book.

But, don’t let the title fool you. Even though this book is set in a 24-hour time period, the relationship that develops between Oliver and Hadley seems just as real as the slow burn relationships that I love so very much. Hadley’s circumstances for traveling to London impact her deeply, and it shows. Oliver is similarly dealing with some very heavy issues, though their reasons are not immediately apparent. And, with a story all about these issues, you would expect to have a book full of sadness, but I was blown away by just how CUTE this story was. The happy and the sad balanced each other perfectly.

Some of my favorite passages in the book relate to Hadley’s relationship with her father. Hadley reflects on their mutual love for literature, and the special bond that they once shared. Some of her experiences so directly mirrored my own experiences with my father, that I really felt her pain for the strain that their relationship was under.

Simply put, I devoured this book in one evening. It’s the kind of book that you should read when you are feeling particularly sappy, because it made my tender heart sing.


20 responses to “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: Review

  1. When I saw the cover, I was surprised that you even picked it up. I know how much you hate love at first sight.

    I suppose I might give this a try….when I feel sappy.

    • I know, I know. But, I really love the characters, and that's all that matters. They can fall in love instantly if they are both really awesome people.

  2. Ok, so I'm going to have to bump this one up on my TBR list. I'm usually not really into contemporary YA but this one seems so sweet and fun that I can't resist!

    Thanks for the review 🙂
    ♥Isalys / Book Soulmates

    • That quote that you posted in your review (about her dad building her a library), it killed me. Reminded me so much of my dad. And yes, it just made me weep.

  3. I thought I would hate this book to, because one of the things I really don't like in books is insta-love. But I agree with you, it didn't seem like insta-love at all in this book! The fact that everything happened within 24 hours made everything seem even better, in my opinion. It was such a cute and adorable read. Don't we all need these types of book sometimes? 😉

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

  4. I've been wanting to read this book for SO LONG, but like you, I have been put off by what I thought would be insta-love. I'm so glad to hear that's not so with this book. I'll add it to my book buying list, for sure. I can't wait!

    • I think the problem that I have with instant love, is it tends to be based on destiny, or an intense physical attraction. But, that isn't present in this book.

  5. I'm not a fan on instant love either but I've seen several positive reviews of this book from bloggers I trust so I'm really curious. I'll probably pick it up when I'm in the mood for something light and fun. 🙂

  6. That sounds amazing. I'm not a fan of instalove either, but it can be done well in a few cases. I also approve of Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz. This sounds like the makings of a cool list. Anywho, looking forward to this even more now!

    • Like I mentioned before, it's when the love is based on intense physical attraction that I'm turned off. But, I hope you pick it up!

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