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

10798416 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: January 2, 2012 by Poppy/Little Brown
Length: 236 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

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.


I really enjoyed reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight mainly because it is unpredictable and unique from all the Y.A. contemporary books I’ve read in the past. This book takes place in one day which kind of makes the pacing of the book slow, but interesting stuff happens which prevents the readers from being totally bored. This book sort of has two plots which are: Hadley going to London because her father is being remarried, and the other being the romance that takes place while she goes to London.

The characters in this book are very realistic because they are flawed and I know some people in real life would have acted the same way as Hadley, Hadley’s dad, Hadley’s new step mother, etc. I also like how there is a big family involvement not just with Hadley, but also with her love interest, Oliver. I hate reading books when the parents takes a vacation for no reason (such a lame excuse). I am also impressed how there is a great character development to most of the characters since the story only takes place within a 24 hour span. They all began to realize and understand their situations. The only thing that I did not like about this book is something that Hadley does which was just weird and unrealistic, but overall it was definitely a great read.

I recommend it to everyone especially if you enjoy reading contemporary books that has a different setting, family involvement, second chances, forgiveness, and nice romance.

3.5 of 5

13 Responses to “Review: The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith”

  1. 1 Lynette @ Escaping Reality - One Book at a TIme May 19, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Great review! I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while, but now I really will have to! Sounds like a great book!

  2. 3 Andie Cavendish May 19, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    I, as well, enjoyed this book. For a story that takes place within a 24 hour span it’s really well written and I enjoyed all of the characters which doesn’t happen very often. Great review, Leigh! 🙂

  3. 5 acps927 May 20, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    I actually just finished reading this today and agree that it’s a fun read! Good review!

  4. 7 Alise (Readers in Wonderland) May 23, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    I totally agree! This one was so fun and cute and I really liked it. Great point about the character development within the short period of time, plus the book itself it pretty short too.

  5. 9 kezia1098 May 30, 2014 at 5:42 AM

    I’m glad that you enjoyed this book, Leigh! A lot of people were annoyed because it seemed insta-love-ey and unrealistic but I loved it too! I was definitely impressed with the character development. Also, I agree that the author did a good job with the family relationship — I think it’s nice that she decided to incorporate it to this book.

    • 10 Leigh (LittleBookStar) June 3, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      The instalove part didn’t really annoy me that much to end up disliking the book because there’s more to the story than just the romance. Yes, I love how family is involved in the story! Hopefully the companion novel, TIWHLL (such a long title!) will also have family involvement. 😀

  6. 11 Jen Morgan June 5, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Oh, this is one of my favourite books! I read it because a friend lent it to me, and literally read it in one sitting one afternoon. Very different kind of love story 🙂

  7. 12 Jessa Magtoto September 21, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Great and precise review!! Thank you for recommending it to me. I’m so excited to read this book!! More powers to you and to your oh-so-amazing-blog!!


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