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

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Genre: Young Adult

Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★

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“He’s like a song she can’t get out of her head. Hard as she tries, the melody of their meeting runs through her mind on an endless loop, each time as surprisingly sweet as the last, like a lullaby, like a hymn, and she doesn’t think she could ever get tired of hearing it.”

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BACK COVER BLURB:

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.

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MY REVIEW:

4 of 5 stars to  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

★★★★

I surprisingly liked this one. I guess when you have little expectations from a book, it turns out amazing.

Hadley is on her way to her father’s wedding and has troubles accepting her father’s new life and new wife. In the airport, she meets Oliver and they immediately bond at odd conversations. It’s like finding their kindred spirit in one another. Oliver is one quirky hero, full of smart ideas and whatnot. Hadley is your typical girl. Whiny at times but pretty much normal. I like that the author didn’t try to mold her into the ideal YA heroine (gorgeous, smart, ‘different’ from other girls or geeky, smart-mouthed and again ‘different ‘) and instead made Hadley the normal / average girl in a realistic light. Not a genius but smart enough, not overly beautiful but pretty enough. Her being “real” is what makes you love her.

You know that saying “In love, you should be with someone who complements you, not completes you.”? Well, Hadley and Oliver fit said quote as they find that they complement each other. Case in point: Hadley doesn’t like the pickles in her burger so Oliver eats it instead. Simple gestures like that mean for more important things like if they ever go into a relationship with each other, it’s likely that it’ll last long, if not forever, simply because they know how to work things out. However, what they feel for each other isn’t love yet. They care about one another and it’s more of a blossoming relationship rather than toe curling, passionate love like what some readers are pointing out that’s impossible or “unrealistic ” in a 24-hour setting hence the low star ratings. The thing is, they are not at that point yet. Smith gave us “act 1” of their love story, the rest is for us to imagine.

I enjoyed this one so much at the same time found myself tearing at some scenes especially when Hadley talks about her bitter feelings for her dad. I myself have ‘daddy issues’ and what Hadley described in her thoughts were reflection of my own. Different only that she learned to let go and I didn’t. Don’t let the bad, top reviews sway you. This book is worth a shot.


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