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

Publication Date: January 2nd, 2012
Publisher: Little Brown

“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.”


I didn’t really know what to expect with this book. When I read the synopsis, I tried to keep a neutral feeling because I found this book to be over a twenty-four-hour period. Usually, I like when a book is spread over a longer time so I don’t feel like it’s rushed. However, that’s how I felt by the end of this book.

Hadley had to get to England for her father’s wedding. She met a boy on the plane. It seemed a little too much for everything that happened to all happen in a twenty-four-hour period. It seemed like a movie that was over too quick.

The characters weren’t my favorite either. Hadley seemed a little too desperate. I didn’t like Oliver that much, but that was expected. The story was cute, but I would’ve liked it more if the characters were written a little better.

Overall, I think this book was good, but that’s as far as it goes. It wasn’t phenomenal, or even great. I want to try Jennifer E. Smith’s other books because I don’t want to base this book on the others. If you are looking for a quick romancey novel, this is for you.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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