The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight

The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight

by Jennifer E. Smith

Published: 24th May 2012

Publisher: Headline


Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of Hadley’s life…

Her father is getting married in London to a woman she’s never even met, and she’s just missed her flight.

Hadley has never believed in destiny or fate before…

But, stuck at the airport in New York, today is also the day she meets Oliver. He’s British. He’s cute. And he’s on her new flght.


I purchased this book at the start of summer when I was looking for a light hearted, quick read, and only got round to reading it at the end of summer. I’d heard a lot of good things about this book, and had every hope that it would live up to the expectation. Thankfully, I can agree and say that this book is worth the praise, and I’m very happy I read it.

This book follows Hadley as she travels to England for her Dad’s wedding. She accidentally misses her flight by 4 minutes and must wait to catch the next flight. As she’s waiting in the departure lounge she meets Oliver, a charming attractive British boy, who is waiting for the same flight.

At first, I didn’t like Hadley, as she seemed immature and whiney. I understood that she was upset at her Dad for leaving, and I guess it must be because I’ve never been through the same situation, but for me reading about her lashing out at people was annoying. Oliver, I loved from the start. He was funny and sincere, and he sounded adorable. As I continued to read I realised that he brought the best out of Hadley, and I ended up quite liking her.

This story is set over 24 hours, and the last book I read that had this sort of time line was If I Stay, which I didn’t like. That book wasn’t split up into chapters and I became frustrated by it. I loved that this book was split into chapters, and it made it easier for me to read. Also, the flashbacks were moulded seamlessly within the present, and they were all relevant to the present. I hate when I’m reading something that jumps into a flashback that bears no real relation to the present plot. The flashbacks in this book deepened the relationships between the characters, and I enjoyed reading them.

As the book is set in 24 hours, the pace of the novel is quick, and I felt like I was on the journey with the characters. I didn’t want to put the book down until I know what happened in the end. There was no point that I felt like I wanted to skim read or was bored.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight, it was refreshing, and thoughtful. It truly is a light hearted, and breezy read, that I would recommend to all of those that are romantics, and anyone that may have been through a break up and need a reminder that love is unexpected and can rock up when you least expect it.

Give this book some love, it deserves it. It was a perfect read to end the summer!

If you’d like to grab yourself a copy: Amazon link


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