27 January 2012

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

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

Published: 5 January 2012 by Headline

Pages: 224 (hardback)

Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Owned

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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.

My Thoughts

My copy of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight landed on my desk at work just over 24 hours ago. Despite the looming piles of books to be read surrounding me when I woke up this morning, I picked this book up intending to read a few pages and then get some of things I had planned for today done. You know what they say about the best laid plans….

I’m hesitant to call this a “cute read” because I don’t think it does the story, the characters nor the writing justice. I had assumed that this book would either be written in first person POV of Hadley, but it is actually written in third person, which makes it feel a little bit more “grown-up” – in a good way! I really liked Hadley as a character, and felt sympathetic towards her without feeling pity, enjoyed her sense of humor, her claustrophobia is something I can completely relate to and Oliver is funny and sweet in that most English of ways (am I a little biased as Mr Kat is English? Most probably.)

Ms. Smith’s writing is excellent, delicately balancing the story with dialogue and story and moving at a quick but unrushed paced, with emphasis on character interactions, detailed but not over-the-top descriptions of people, places and situations and I was completely immersed.

I highly recommend this book, particularly to lovers of YA contemporary novels. It also has huge appeal for anyone who enjoys a good, sweet story.


  1. lovly review
    i so want this book

  2. Ooh, this one's on my list too. Just can't find the time. You are jetting through books, Kat. And I'm loving it. :)

  3. Nice review! Here's mine if you don't mind: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-statistical-probability-of-love-at.html

    They're turning this one into a movie. I'm so excited!

    Thanks and have a nice day! :)



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