Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy – an imprint of Hachette Book Group
Publication Date: January 2, 2012
Genres: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Format: Purchased Paperback
With the longest title award… “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight” by Jennifer E. Smith is about: “Four minutes changes everything. Hadley Sullivan 17 misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her father’s second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British, sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink, but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring them together again?” (from Goodreads)
When I first picked this up I just needed a quick read, an easy romance, and something to make me go “aww” at the end. Well, this book was all of these things and I’m glad I picked it up.
Hadley has a strained relationship with her father after he left her mother, and that’s a major focus throughout most of the book. Though the conversations she has with Oliver distract her from those troubles or just shows more character, they’re still simple conversations and they made me smile. Hadley, herself, is a relatable teenager, I think. A lot of issues stem around her parents, but it’s mostly her own anger and frustration that lead to her issues. I liked that she was able to work them out in the end and everything and own up to her own feelings and anger. A good cry is good once in a while, you know?
Oliver a highly sarcastic guy, but he does it with humor and kindness. He made me chuckle several times and I liked that he had his own family issues to deal with. Though he wasn’t as open as Hadley was in the beginning, we did find out more about him and why he was so adamant about not sharing things about his own family. I liked him a lot.
They were really the only major characters in the book, though there were a few like Hadley’s dad and mom and stepmom that had some significant roles, I think.
I thought this was a good romance about how fast love can strike because “love doesn’t make sense. It’s completely illogical.” (as quoted from the book) It doesn’t need to be perfect and slow building over time. Sometimes it is just a matter of first sight.
But I like that this also means that there can be more to Hadley and Oliver’s story, that this isn’t just the end and that there is a possibility to see more into their future.
It was a quick read and a cute romance that did make me go “aww” at the end. I recommend this book if you’re participating in a read-a-thon (like I am) or if you just want something light and cute.
Also, this book is being turned into a movie. I think I’ll see it when it comes out.
I rated this book 3.75/5 stars. Simple, cute, easy read.