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The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date:  January 3, 2012
Publisher: Poppy
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: Hardback
Source: Received a copy for review from the publisher
Intrest: Young Adult
Challenge: 2012 Reading Challenge, 2012 Debut Author Challenge, 2012 YA Contemporary Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
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. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that 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 in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. 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.

I've had my eye on this book for quite some time. I am in love with the cover and the use of the black and white photography combined with the bold pop of red. Absolutely gorgeous! Throw in a cute foreign boy with an accent, and you have a recipe for success, and that is just what this book was!

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight, is the story of Hadley. Her parent's divorced, and her father is all set to remarry in London, England. Hadley grudgingly boards a plane for the wedding, not knowing how much that flight will change her life!

This book takes place over a 24 hours period, Hadley meets a cute, English boy at the airport, Oliver. There is an instant connection, and over the course of 24 hours their relationship continues to grow and flourish, in a simple and beautiful way. You would think because the book takes place over 24 hours, that there would be some major insta-love going on, but that isn't the case here at all. There are no declarations of love, or foreverness. They form a bond, that continues to grow as they get to know each other better, over a very long flight to England.

I loved the character's in this book. Hadley wears her heart on her sleeve. Oliver's character complimented her's very well, and in my opinion he is the perfect male love interest! Oliver was genuine, had the perfect amount of mystery about him. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word, from carrying Hadley's luggage, coming to her rescue, and laying a jacket out for her on a park bench so she didn't get her dress wet. Aww! *sighs* I fell in love with his character's sense of humor, his kindness, and his caring attitude. He's everything a girl looks for in a guy, including a sexy accent!

Hadley and Oliver are my absolute favorite YA couple! They had so many cute, adorable, toe curling moments together. They are each going through a difficult time in their lives, on their own, and in many ways are exactly what the other needs. It was beautiful to watch their relationship grow as the story unfolds across the Atlantic ocean.

I loved how there was a lot of substance to this story, and the characters, and it wasn't just all a bunch of romantic fluff. Both character's are dealing with deep issues. Hadley is dealing with her parents divorce, being torn between both parents, her father's infidelity and his remarriage. Not wanting to let go of the past, or move on into the future. I feel like this is something so many teens can identify with and I love the expert way that the author tackled the raw and gritty emotions of a teen whose family is torn apart by divorce and infidelity.

This book has quite possibly the best storybook ending ever written in history! At least, in my opinion. The ending was beautifully written and left me sighing happily to myself at end.

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight is fun, romantic contemporary novel. It deals with many things from family relationships, divorce, fear, death, healing and closure. It was the perfect balance between light hearted romance and depth. This book was beautifully written from the plot right down to the character's.

I look forward to reading more from this amazing author! So make sure you go grab a copy of this book, you won't want to miss it!


  1. ooohh emmm gee! IM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK! It sounds soo interesting! and its also your ALL TIME FAVORITE?! wow. Great great review dear! i like cute english boys, but im not a fan of books set in a 24 hour period..

    -Farah @MajiBookshelf

  2. haha To be honest, I usually am not a fan either. But this book was incredible, and I think the 24 hour time period only helped it! PERFECT in every way!

  3. no! farah, the 24 hour thing means CLOSE PROXIMITY at all times, which is AWESOME, it's like if i stay, i really love books like that.

    great review crispy!!

    - juhina

  4. HAHA, CRISSY* maybe u should start calling you crispy :P
    sorry for the typo!

    - juhina

  5. Love the review chick!! I am now looking forward to this book even more. Who would have thought I would turn into a contemporary lover. I never used to read it before lol. I am cursing B&N right now for waiting until Tuesday to ship my order. So mad about it. I am not renewing my membership with them. >.<

  6. Great review! Now I'm looking forward to read this book. I really like the way you described their love story. And it seems to me that their relationship is not the cliche type.

  7. This book sound great I do belive on love at first sight, so I'll love tred it. Great reviwe.


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