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

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

This review is part of the 2012 YA Cotemporary Challenge. Read all about it here.

The Statistical Probability


  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.

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The cover:

Hands down everyone. This cover is gorgeous! And no. Not because of the kiss.

The storyline:

What can I say really?!

I started reading this book yesterday afternoon when I was on the road for one hour and a half. I didn’t know what I was really expecting but the first few pages got me in immediately.

You see, this story is completely unique and has a huge amount of feelings, sadness (I cried 3 times because of both. Mostly because of my mood, which is stressed…) and family relationships which is what this is all about.

So Hadley is a seventeen year old girl with divorced parents and soon to be married father. She misses her plane after 4 minutes delay but has no idea how these 4 minutes will turn her world upside down.

While she waits for her next flight, she meets this mysterious guy who helps her with her luggage whose name is Oliver and happens to be going to London like her. He’s cute, funny and most importantly he seems to put her at ease and understands her very well.

They keep talking and they get to know each other in just 7 hours and when the plane lends, it seems that 7 hours aren’t enough at all. But she can’t say a thing, because she doesn’t believe that you can actually fall for someone you just met on the plane!

Anyways, to not spoil anything anymore, the story develops into heartbreaking suspense and confessions and also into forgiveness and happiness. The ending was fitting and it kept me wishing for more. But thank goodness this is a standalone, so I can hope for the best and imagine the rest Winking smile.

What I loved:

  • The story is set in London. What’s not to love? Smile.
  • The writing is very good and clear, and somehow Jennifer delivers the right feelings of the surroundings and the characters. Whish is awesome.
  • The story is unique. I had no idea what was going on except that I had a good guess that the ending was a happy one.
  • The suspense is really good.
  • I was afraid that the romance would overweight the real story but it didn’t. The whole aspects of the story were very well balanced.

What I disliked:

  • Nothing.

Favorite quotes:

I have many favorite quotes but I’d spoil the story if I share them. Sorry.


Hadley is a normal girl, who is claustrophobic, with big hopes and sadness that keeps her from seeing the goodness in the world surrounding her. She hates her father for what he did and can’t seem to understand why or how her could ever be okay with everything that happened. She meets Oliver at the airport and everything seems to be good. Even her claustrophobia isn’t bothering her anymore when she’s around him.

Oliver is a British boy who came to US to study in Yale. He’s going back to London when he meets Hadley and suddenly feels interested in knowing her as if she’s a puzzle to be solved. They seem to fit together and he knows it.

Other characters worth mentioning are Hadley’s parents, her new stepmother, Charlotte who is super cute and nice and Charlotte’s friend, Violet whom you’ll get to know at the end of the book Open-mouthed smile.


This was an amazing contemporary read. After I was 3 chapters in it was decided that it’s going to be a favorite read for me and that it would get no less than four stars. But later on, things got even better and the story took different directions. So 5 stars it is!

If you’re a contemporary fan and wants a quick read that has romance, I recommend this to you.




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