The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight Book Review


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
Pages: 236
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.

August 2014 Book Haul

It’s been a while since I did a post, but I wanted to update with a book haul!

So my birthday was on the 18th and I got a gift card to Barnes and Noble. Of course I had to go buy some books (I don’t have a book buying problem, what’re you talking about?). I got nine books in this haul, so let me talk a little bit about them:

  1. Legend” by Marie Lu – This books sounds like it’s a dystopian type of novel mixed with romance, action, and adventure. I’ve heard many good things about it, and can’t wait to read it.
  2. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” by Holly Black – This book also sounds like a type of dystopian and it’s about a girl, Tana, who lives in a world with monsters and humans fighting for survival. She wakes up one day to find many dead people and has to help her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious boy survive Coldtown. Sounds pretty cool, right?
  3. Dream Boy” by Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg – This book has an interesting premise of a girl who’s dreams become reality and how her “dream guy” suddenly walks into class one day, but she soon discovers that some dreams turn into nightmares (dun dun dunnnn!). Sounds really interesting and exciting.
  4. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight” by Jennifer E. Smith – I’ve heard many great things about this book and I needed a light read, too. It’s about a girl who gets stuck at the airport on her way to her father’s second wedding in London when she meets this boy who’s also stuck at the airport. It’s a romance novel for sure and it sounds really cute.
  5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs – This books sounds all kinds of creepy and interesting and would definitely be a good Halloween book to read. I’ve seen it around for years and finally picked it up. It’s about a boy who visits a remote island of the coast of Wales and he’s heard about the Home and how the children there were peculiar; he actually finds that they might have been dangerous and secluded for that reason. Sounds creepy. I like it.
  6. Six Months Later” by Natalie D. Richards – The cover is what drew me to this book and I’m really curious to see how it turns out. It’s about a girl who falls asleep in study hall during May and wakes up during December when there’s snow on the ground and she can’t remember the past six months at all. There are many things going on that don’t make sense in her life and she’s trying to find out the truth – which might be dangerous if she does.
  7. The Beginning of Everything” by Robyn Schneider – This book sounds like a fun, mostly lighthearted read of a guy who just doesn’t have much luck and of the girl he meets and falls in love with. Another good romance novel? I hope so.
  8. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews – I love the cover of this book, for sure. It’s about two friends who share the common interest of film making together, and about a girl with cancer whom they meet their senior year of high school. Sounds interesting and I can’t wait to read it.
  9. Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi – First off, the cover is gorgeous (not the one on Goodreads). Second, the premise of the book sounds cool with how the main character’s touch can potentially kill people. She’s being watched by something called The Reestablishment, but she has plans of her own.

So, nine more books to add to my TBR pile, yay! But they all seem interesting and cool and I can’t wait to read them.

Accompanying video: August 2014 Book Haul

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of the books and what you thought about them!