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

RATING: StarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Contemporary Romance

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? 

Imagine if she hadn’t fogotten the book. Or if there hadn’t been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn’t fumbled the coins for the toll. What if she’d run just that little bit faster and caught the flight she was supposed to be on. Would it have been something else – the weather over the atlantic or a fault with the plane? 

Hadley isn’t sure if she believes in destiny or fate but, on what is potentially the worst day of each of their lives, it’s the quirks of timing and chance events that mean Hadley meets Oliver… 

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.



The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight sort of appealed to my ‘hopelessly romantic’ side but did not just quite get there. Maybe because i’m also a cynic? that the idea of possibly falling in love in this time is still quite ludicrous for me? Maybe. But I got to give credit to Ms. Smith because she made me believe (even for a little while) that maybe, maybe love at first sight is really possible. 😉
Hadley (gosh, i WANT her name) may sound like a bratty, angry girl but i think it has merits. Flying to London for the weekend by yourself to witness your father marry another woman who is not your mother? A woman whom you never even met? A woman might or might not be the reason why your father left not only your mother but has left you, too? Oh yeah, i’m feeling Hadley. All the hurt, bitterness and pain brought about by her father’s leaving – it’s all there. I loved that Smith focuses on writing about Hadley’s coping with family loss (in a way) and how a possible connection with a boy on a plane can make that seemed… bearable. Oliver did not came out creepy for me. What? A boy waiting in the airport that suddenly seems so cordial and inviting doesn’t sound suspicious to you? Come on! But Smith played Oliver’s role dutifully. Kind but not too distant. Open but not that revealing.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a sweet (and sometimes, melancholic) read. Perhaps if you’re feeling a little romantic, this book will work for you. =)

Publisher: Headline


Pub Date: 01/05/2012

Many Thanks to Kai and Precious of Pinoy Book Tours for the chance to read their ARC copy!



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


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

  1. I really like that you include the books own description in your review! I often feel like summarizing a book myself is basically paraphrasing the description on the back, so it seems like a waste of space in my review. Much nicer to spend more space on the reviewer’s thoughts the way you do here!

  2. I have to say the sound of this book really appeals to me and I’m really eager to read it. I like that there’s a little melancholy mixed with the sweetness so it’s not too over the top romantic. And, I haven’t seen that cover before. Pretty!

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