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

book cover Hardcover: 236 pages
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: January 2, 2012
ISBN: 978-0316122386

Source of my copy: publisher
Series: none
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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.

Leslie's Review:
Ever since my sister and I first heard of this book, we couldn't wait to get our hands on it and read it. Then, when it finally arrived in the mail, we couldn't help but get super excited. I got the chance to read it first and I am glad to say that, despite the fact that it didn't meet my high expectations, it turned out to be pretty good.

This cute, sweet read happens over a twenty four-hour time period, starting when Hadley missed her flight to London for her dad's second wedding. It was the last thing she wanted to attend, let alone be a part of. Then, by an unexpected chance of fate, Hadley meets Oliver, a cute British boy, who she sat next to and befriends over their flight to London. But before Hadley or Oliver could see where their new-found relationship could lead them, they lose each other as they go their separate ways. Hadley is sad to see Oliver go, unsure if she will ever see him again and even more sad to have to go to her dad's wedding, but fate has some plans of its own for her.

The book was narrated in third-person that focused on Hadley's whereabouts and thoughts. This was a bit of a letdown for me because with so many family issues and much emotion incorporated in the story, I was hoping for it to be in first-person of Hadley. But nonetheless, I got to learn a lot about Hadley, and even Oliver. Both turned out to be great characters and they made a sweet couple. I rooted for them all throughout the book.

As for the story itself, it was interesting. I liked how it was balanced between Hadley's personal family problems and her relationship with Oliver. The romance did not dominate the whole story and I am very happy about that. However, I thought the ending was quite abrupt--it left me unsatisfied and wishing that more was revealed as to what may or may not happen between Hadley and Oliver and their families.

Overall, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was a cute, sweet, quick read that I recommend to all romantics who believe in love at first sight and those looking for something fun and light to read. This book will remind you that anything is possible and that life can be full of wonderful surprises.

1 comment

  1. This book was really a fun ride. It brought up romance but I'm glad that it went into the characters' lives and shows us something real. Showed us that there are moments to live besides falling in love. I swear some authors think teenagers just walk around with the idea of romance in their head all the time. I'm glad that these characters were more dimensional than that. :)

    thanks for the great review


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