Book Review – The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Hardcover, 236 pages
Published January 2nd 2012 by Poppy/Little Brown

What a mouthful. I hate when titles are 3 freaking lines long.

statisticalWho 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.

As you may know, the story of this book takes place in a 24H span. I really couldn’t fathom a “love story” forming and developing enough to make a book out of it in that time frame, so I was skeptical and didn’t expect to love it.

I did. It didn’t wowed me and it is not perfect, but i read it in a few hours and enjoyed it. It was a light and cute story that made me happy without being too cheesy, and I think we would all want to meet an Oliver on a lonely plane ride. This book did however made me realize how much I’m not too fond of 3rd person narrative. The last few books I read were all narrated by one of the characters, so having some invisible narrator tell me that “she did this, she said that” was disorienting. I much rather have a point of view narrator, the emotions being much more vivid that way.

Also about the 24H thing, it really didn’t feel like that short of a period. There is a lot happening and the story is well paced. Finally, I didn’t expect the whole family subplot, but it turned out to be the main subject of the story, the main goal of the plane ride, and I quite appreciated it (even if Hadley’s reaction to her father’s remarriage was a bit immature for most of the novel).

 I recommend it to you if you’re looking for a fast and light YA read.



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4 stars

Happy Reading! 🙂


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