January 13, 2013

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


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.

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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Publication Date:  January 2, 2012
Publisher:  Poppy/Little Brown

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MaryAnn NewThe age old question…Do you believe in love at first sight?  Do you believe in fate?  Do you believe that stars align and what is meant to be happens?   For all you doubters out there, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith may open your eyes to the possibility of it.

Hadley Sullivan’s day goes from bad to worse.  It seems that every little thing that happens the morning she has to leave for the airport to catch her flight to go to London and bear witness to her father’s nuptials to a woman she doesn’t know, causes her to miss her flight by a mere four minutes.   Questions of what if’s flitter through her mind where she may have ended up catching her flight on time.

But were it not for those chance setbacks, Hadley wouldn’t have met Oliver.  A British hottie who ends up being her knight in shining armor.  Sweet Oliver who helps Hadley deal with her claustrophobic ways, and who opens up Hadley’s eyes to many possibilities.

It’s hard to believe that the story spans a mere twenty four hour day.  I loved the way each chapter opens up with the a time, proof enough that the events that take place in this amazing book does, in fact, take place in just one day.  The chemistry between Hadley and Oliver is undeniable.  The shy peeks, the sweet little things like drawing a picture of a duck,  the way in which the two of them connect over their talks about their family dramas.  You can’t help but get caught up in the magical moments between the two of them, and it amazes me how we, the readers, are treated to this special glimpse into their most intimate moments and memories.  I absolutely loved the interaction between Hadley and Oliver.  Heck, I loved that these two characters were created!

I always have a hard time with father/daughter reads.  They pull at my heartstrings like no other story can.  While reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, I couldn’t help but pull up memories of my own times with my father as both Hadley and Oliver talk about their dads.   I can completely understand where Hadley is coming from when she has to deal with the fact that her father has moved on and has found a new life in England.  There were more than one occasion where tears sprung up in my eyes.  Not only during the times where Hadley is reliving her past memories of happier times, but also when she finally comes face to face with her father, and has to deal with the different emotions that are going on inside of her.

And not only did my eyes blur over with Hadley and her father’s moments, but it also happens with events in Oliver’s life.   The raw emotion that is found within this book was so amazing that it literally took my breath away.  I will be perfectly honest, that although the ending of the book was easily predictable, it still didn’t prevent my heart from speeding up and to have a smile find its way to my lips.

A book that ends off with me smiling is a book that I will truly cherish.  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a story that will leave a warm fuzzy feeling in the hearts of readers everywhere.

Fans of contemporary reads will fall head over heels in love with The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith, and will walk away wondering if, in fact, there is something to be said about fate, kismet, destiny, and love at first sight.

About the Author:


Jennifer E. Smith is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her writing has been translated into 28 languages.

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1 Comment

  1. Awwww! This sounds like one of the sweetest tear jerker contemporary novel ever! I’ve only read a couple contemporary novels (theyre not my forte, lol) but I can tell I’d tear up in this one for sure! Wonderful review MaryAnn :)

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