Feb 20, 2012

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

• Pub Date: January 2, 2012
• Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
• Format: Hardcover, 256pp
• Age Range: Young Adult

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. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that 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 in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

I really needed a quick, cute read like this one. This book is thoroughly enjoyable, and it left me craving more at the end! There just wasn't enough once the final pages came around. But that's really my only complaint. This is a beautiful, third person/present tense novel :o)

I was afraid that the scenes would linger too long, that the plane ride would never end, but everything flowed quite nicely. It reads like a movie, with each scene and flashback coming very naturally. All I wanted was for Hadley and Oliver to acknowledge the chemistry, but it sadly didn't happen on the plane. The rest of their story (and individual stories) progresses in just the right way. Hadley's broken family comes into the spotlight with her father's wedding happening, and Oliver has family drama of his own. No matter what, I'd gladly read more of their story, as it just ended way too abruptly.

Bottom line: Definitely read this for a clean, sweet young love story!


4/5 book sharks


  1. I loved this so much and wish that this would be continued, because I definitely couldn't get enough of these two and their love story. :D Glad you liked it, too!

    Fictional Distraction

  2. This looks really fun! great review :)

  3. Great review, I really liked this one as well!

    Nerd Girls at Books to the Sky


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