Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

March 21, 2013 Review 34

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
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Publisher: Poppy
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 236
Release Date: January 2nd 2012
Genres: Contemporary
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 totally blew me away. I had high expectations because I read so many reviews that completely sold me on it. I am glad to say I was not let down.<

Hadley is on her way to her father’s wedding. His second wedding-Hadley will have a stepmother. Hadley’s less than excited to attend, but does so at the order of her mother. Hadley has never seen her father’s bride, and hasn’t talked to her father in awhile. There is definite tension in their relationship, and Hadley holds everything against him.

Unfortunately, (or actually fortunately) Hadley misses her flight, and has to be reschedule for the next flight out. It just so happens that missing her plane was one of the best things that could have happened to her. She meets Oliver, a boy who changes her thinking on things and challenges her opinions. But with a short plane ride the only thing bringing them together, what will happen to their connection? Will they ever see each other again?

I had expected insta-love at first sight and unrealistic coincidences where Oliver and Hadley would “bump” into each other. I was pleasantly surprised to see that was not the case-their story is so much deeper. They have more of a connection in two hundred pages than a trilogy has in its entire run. It is not the sort of romance that is just tolerable either, it’s believable and I-actually-want-to-root-for-this-couple amazing. Definitely one of the best love stories I have ever read.

But Hadley and Oliver’s tale isn’t the only love story in this book-Hadley relationship with her father is also a main part of the story. They connect in such a beautiful way-Oliver is the one who convinces her that her dad isn’t all that bad. He’s what I think made Hadley really think about giving her dad another chance.

Overall, this was a fantastic book about relationships-familial and romantic-and chance. The type of chance that will make you want you miss your next flight.

34 Responses to “Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight”

  1. Bec

    I’m not really one for romance, I have to be in a particular mood to read it (LIES. I love the stuff. Occasionally. In short bursts.) But I think I want to read this one. A lot.

  2. Gellie

    I read this last year and remember liking it a lot. All the characters seemed so real. And I too loved the relationship between Hadley and her father. Even with the stepmother. This book makes me want to bump into a hot stranger. Oh wait, I always want to do that. haha. Oh, hormones!

    Great review, Alise :D

  3. anothernovelread

    Wow, this sounds better than I was expecting! I’d read a couple of reviews that weren’t as impressed by the book, but what you said about the romance feeling deep and real… that’s a good sign! Great review!

  4. Megan TheBookBabe

    Haha, everyone wants a happy ending like that, right? I liked this one too. (: I’m glad that you wanted to root for Oliver and Hadley!! That’s important, right? ;) Familial relationships in books are the BEST. Fab review, Alise! (:

    Megan@The Book Babe

  5. Aman

    I love coincidental romances and I’m so glad it wasn’t insta-love. That never works for me. I’m so glad you liked it. Now I’m definitely going to read this one soon. Fabulous review!

  6. Renae M.

    I’m so nervous about picking this up! I know everyone (including you) says the romance is well-done and not instalove-ish at all, but…ahh! It doesn’t seem possible to me. ;)

    But this is yet another super positive review, and I’ve gotten the impression that Jennifer E. Smith is a super talented author who knows how to write about teenagers. So here’s hoping!

  7. rivie bleu

    I read the title and my first thought was “now this should be interesting” lol. So it’s not what you would expect. I like how it’s not just about love at first sight, I actually want to read it. And this “will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.” makes me want to start reading it right now lol

  8. Delaney

    Oh gosh how I love how this sounds. I’ve wanted to see this type of concept and when Probability came upon, I was going to give it a shot! But then…people said it was totally not what the title recommends it is like. But i am totally up on picking this up again. It seems worth my time! (if only I could find where to get it….DX) And I want to meet Oliver. >___< Heard he's British with a British accent. ;D Wonderful review as ever, Alise! ^^

  9. Dianna (Stories After Twelve)

    YES YES YES!!!! I’m so happy you loved this book! I did too and I agree in everything you said. The romance is just perfect and actually quite deep! And I loved how not everything was centered around the couple. It was such a sweet read! Great review, Alise! : )

  10. Judith

    Though I loved the romance and the lack of instalove pleasantly surprised me, it was Hadley’s relationship with her father that impressed me most. I love the way it developed, and all that in about 200 pages. It was just what I needed at the time, and I will definitely read it again! I’m glad you loved it, Alise! :)

  11. Lectus

    You know what? I’m buying this book right now because you mention that is not insta love but a deeper connection.

    Also, I just realized that the title of the book pretty much applies to me because I met my husband on a bus while traveling from one city to another and… oh! whatever. My point is that right now (I must be in a happy mood) I’m completely understand what are the statistically probabilities of love at first sight!!!
    Lectus recently posted…Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon

    • Alise

      Now I’m going to feel responsible if you don’t like it LOL.

      That’s so great! I think you will definitely feel nostalgic reading this :) Can’t wait to see your review!

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