Book Review: The Satistical Probability of Love at First Sight -Jennifer E. Smith


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.

Let’s just jump in: 

I loved this book. When I finished it, I didn’t feel sad that I finished it, instead, I was like ‘Wow’. This was one helluva dangerous book and here are a few reasons why.

  • I couldn’t put it down.

I was flipping and flipping on the bus. I didn’t sleep till 1am in the morning and I read it during work. Hell, I skipped lunch to read the book. If it was as thick as the yellow pages, I’d have starved to death.

  • I’ll never date anyone who isn’t as good as Oliver now.

Though I still like St Clair from Anna and the French Kiss, I’d say he’d be my second favourite. All gentlemanly and polite. Sweet and sensitive. I’m probably going to get cheated really easily in life now, won’t I? But who doesn’t love a sweet heart? Oh books, you give me such a warped image of how a perfect guy should be. You’re the reason why I’m still single.

  • I love the plot.

I don’t understand why some people on GoodReads didn’t like it. I felt like everything was really well planned out. If you analyzed the story properly, you’d be able to tell that everything had been implied. It was one of those books that makes you go ‘Ohhhhh’ when you finally reach the end.
The book was a really light, feel good read, definitely. It makes me want to read it over and over again. Better download the PDF version soon!

A little downside: 

All books have their cons. I didn’t exactly like Hadley’s huge over-reactions, I mean, running from your dad’s wedding? I get it that she hated him and all, but I’d rather she bitched him out, even though he did nothing much to upset her.

And I know that this was supposed to be the ‘fictional’ side of the book (?) Since the book was largely relateable for me, I thought getting into a cab and running off to find a boy whom you only know lives in a certain suburb in a country you’ve never been to, was a little too far fetched. I felt like everything was too ‘convenient’ for Hadley. If that was the case, I’d want to run off in some random direction in London and bump into the boy of my dreams. Though I’d probably get mugged, raped then killed, in no specific order.


I really liked the book. I almost couldn’t find a con to it. I had to think really hard on that one! Definitely reading it again. The book spoke of comfort and forgiveness, as well as learning to see things in different perspectives. It was really calming for me. I really hoped I’d read it while I was on holiday and not working. It seemed like a really great book to read over a warm cup of tea and butter cake on a windy afternoon by the lake.

5/5 Stars


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