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

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight’ by Jennifer E. SmithThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Poppy on January 2nd, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 236
Format: Hardcover
Source: requested from 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. 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.

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Hadley is forced to attend her father’s wedding in London, England and missing her flight by a mere 4 minutes she unexpectedly meets Oliver. Out of a weird twist of fate they also have seats near each other on the plane. Oliver occupies the seat next to Hadley and for the next couple of hours they talk their ears off finding out what each other’s lives are like.

There’s an undeniable charge and pull that Hadley and Oliver had, and for once it wasn’t lust. The two really hit it off well and I couldn’t stop grinning ear to ear when I read their cute and witty banter. As the story progresses you can feel the characters change almost mature about how they live their own lives, which is very responsible of them. You can also say they saved each other. Oliver is happier when he’s around Hadley and vice versa. Love isn’t planned and organized, it’s quick and surprising.

I enjoyed reading this book not only because love was the sole theme but relationships between a parent and child are touched upon. How satisfying to read a book where the girl doesn’t want to rip her love interest’s clothes off!

Read this book if you’re a romantic, or if you want to grin like a lovesick fool because of the cuteness this couple emanates!


There’s a kind of unfamiliar electricity that goes through her at the nearness of him, and she can’t help but wonder if he feels it, too. (43)





  1. Anita Powers

    July 17, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Thanks for this review, I have this book in my TBR list and now It will be moved up. I love romance and this book sounds like it is all about romance, not packed full of sex, which is great for a change. Thanks so much.

  2. Jen

    February 14, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    One of my faves! It was really cute! Glad you liked it!
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  3. Michelle N

    September 30, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Very nice review that gets to the point. This book has been sitting on my Kobo for almost a year now & I just haven’t had an urge to get to it yet. Can’t wait to read it though!

  4. MonaG

    March 30, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Thanks for your review 🙂

    I’ve had this book on my TBR list for awhile. Somehow books/movies set in airports intrigue me. There is such a diversity of people, each with their own unique life stories. I really enjoyed the movie, The Terminal(Tom Hanks).

    Also mentioned in your review was the witty banter btwn the romantic leads, another draw. I also like that other relationships are touched upon.

  5. Cha

    December 4, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Nice review. Makes me want to

  6. Grace Lo

    October 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    I love this so, superbly much! It’s really nice to have this super sweet story to read, and yes, “How satisfying to read a book where the girl doesn’t want to rip her love interest’s clothes off!” pretty much took the words straight out of my mouth. It does get a bit on my nerves when all a character wants in a relationship is in the bow-chicka-wow-wow department. It’s amazing how Hadley and Oliver’s relationship is based on their friendship, but slowly grows into something more c:

  7. Justin @ Justin's Book Blog

    February 17, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Great review. 🙂 I read this one awhile back, and loved it. It’s one of those light and fun reads that is really great to read in the middle of a lot of the heavy books that seem to be out there right now.

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