Sep 10, 2012

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Little Brown
Pages: 236

Source: Own

My Rating:

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. -Summary from
I bought the book, read it, enjoyed it, put it back on the bookshelf, and that was it. It was a really cute read, but that was all it was, cute. I didn’t give it much thought until I sat down to write this review.

I’m a hopeless romantic, and let me tell you that the romance in this one wasn’t all that great. Sure we had our fun, meaningful, and even thoughtful moments, but it didn’t leave a lasting impression. I thought maybe the dialogue would save this one for me, Oliver is quite the charmer, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

I am always quick to fall for the main guy lead, but there was something about Oliver I just didn’t like. SPOILER!* The way he acts with Hadley when she finally finds him… ugh. He was so indifferent! I mean I am aware of the situations and they are at a funeral, but still. This chick just spent the last few hours searching for you, the least you can do is give her some attention. He totally makes up for it later, but still! END* I always thought I was a fan/believer of the whole insta-love (don’t judge me) but this book proved me otherwise.

Now, the book wasn’t completely bad, we had our funny moments that had me smiling from ear to ear. Not to mention all the family drama, very good back story. Very deep and real. I’ve seen what a divorce does to a family, and this book seemed to really touch home. It was enough to have me keep reading till the end just to see how things would work out.

Overall, I went in anticipating this awesome contemporary YA book, but instead I had a cute light quirky read, which all in all wasn’t bad. If you’re a fan of cute, feel good novels, you should definitely give it a try :)


  1. Sounds like a cute read! I have it on my Nook I believe. I can kinda see why you felt that way about Oliver!

    Great review, Diana!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

    1. Thanks, Molli! Let me know how it treats you once you read it :)

  2. Thanks for the review, Diana! I've seen this book around, but it never jumped out at me. I might give it a try just to see what I think since I've been reading a lot of Contemporary lately.

    1. Komal, I think you'll enjoy it! I mean, it wasn't a bad book, it was quite good, but it wasn't what I was expecting. Hope you enjoy it :) Let me know how it goes!

  3. Fantastic review! I just finished this book a few days ago and while I didn't completely love it... I did enjoy it. I think I had the same problem with anticipating this really awesome book and then it just turned out to be good....

    1. Story of my life :)haha! I'm with you 100%! This will teach me to get all hyped off others' reviews!

  4. Really?? Ouch :S :S Too bad, I am so sorry you didn't like this book. I really did! And Oliver was so awwww, and a psychologist!! Well, if I wasn't sold before, when I heard he was a psychologist I was completely!! :) :) I really like this book <3

  5. Nice review! Here's mine if you don't mind:

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

    Thanks and have a nice day! :)

  6. sad you didn't love this one. i thought it was definitely cute but i think it resonated more with me. i also think i secretly want a cute british boy to befriend me on a plane. :)

    thuy @ read now sleep later

  7. Yeah, that is what I felt about the book too! I enjoyed it, but it never made any lasting impression on me. I can't wait for Jennifer E. Smith's next book though, it sounded really good!
    & thanks for following me! You blog is really lovely & I followed back! (:

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