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

Genre: Contemp Age Level: YA Source: Library Series: N/A Interest: plot
Genre: Contemp
Age Level: YA
Source: Library
Series: N/A
Interest: plot

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.


“That’s the thing about flying: You could talk to someone for hours and never even know his name, share your deepest secrets and then never see them again.”

When I first saw this book my thoughts were that this was going to be a gushy romance and please keep this thing away from me. However, after seeing everyone’s rave reviews and deciding it was time to try some contemporary YA I picked it up.  What I got was a super cute book that had the perfect balance of character development and  romance.

I connected with Hadley within the first few pages of the book and though I couldn’t relate personally to what she was going through, I could relate to how she felt. Things like Hadley’s relationship with her mom, the way she acted rashly and then regretted it later and her holding grudges. There were a few times in the book where the author captured how I’d felt when describing Hadley’s character and it felt as if thoughts, that I’d been unable to capture in words, were now written on paper.

As a result of this, I did not mind the parts of the story about  Hadley’s family and in fact enjoyed them just as much as the parts with Oliver. The relationship between Hadley and Oliver is not actually love at first sight, but an instant connection. I loved his sense of humour and the way he hides his feelings while Hadley let hers show.

I adored the settings of the book – from the plane to the airport to the suburbs of London and the fact that it takes place over a 24 hour period. The setting is super unique but at the same time is somewhere that everyone can place themselves, making the book feel real. The short time period allowed this book just to be a snapshot of the characters lives, which I like as it gives me the ability to imagine the characters continuing their lives.

The writing is probably my favourite part of the book. It is comprised mainly of dialogue and flashbacks which made the story flow and provide just the right amount of information at a time. I loved the fact that it was third person present tense as it pulled everything together and allows you to live the story with the characters.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First sight is a light, fun read that is nothing less than enjoyable. I’ll definitely be looking for more books by this author!

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Have you read this book? What did you think? 


6 thoughts on “Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

  1. I just finished this book and totally agree with you that connecting with Hadley is what made this more than just your average YA romance. I think that figuring out the similarities and differences between Oliver and Hadley was probably the most fun part of this reading experience, along with the setting. It’s such a fun concept that you might instantly connect with someone in an airport and have that change your trip/life/feelings.

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