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

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Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. SmithThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Poppy
Pub Date: January 2nd 2012
Pages: 236
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

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 always wonder how much of our lives is due to coincidences and how much is due to fate. They always seem to be working together though. And this book is full of the two, which makes for a very lovely book.

Hadley and Oliver’s chemistry is undeniable from the moment they sit and talk. They simply seem as if they’ve known each other for years. I enjoyed their banter to no ends. I was smiling so much my cheeks started to hurt. Of course, it wouldn’t be a true love story without some obstacles or trials or some other damper, and these two have it happen all in a 24 hour period. And I was afraid they would not get what they hoped for in the end.

He laughs. “Marriage: for when everything sucks.”

“Seriously,” Hadley insists. “How else do you know that it means something? Unless someone’s there to hold your hand during the bad times?”

“So that’s it?” Oliver says. “No wedding, no marriage, just someone there to hold your hand when things are rough?”

“That’s it,” she says with a nod. – pg. 51

One thing made very clear in this book, is that love is complicated and when it happens, it’s unavoidable. You may not be out looking for it, but if it’s meant to happen, it will…with or without your consent. This plays into not only Hadley and Oliver’s relationship, but also that of her parents. Hadley is still upset about her parent’s divorce, primarily at her dad, who was the one to leave and is now getting remarried. The moments between Hadley and her father really touched me. I’ll even admit to shedding a few tears. It really tore me up to see how if she would just talk to her dad, a lot of her angst about him would be resolved.

But Hadley understood. It wasn’t that she was meant to read them all. Maybe someday she would, but for now, it was more the gesture itself. He was giving her the most important thing he could, the only way he knew how. He was a professor, a lover of stories, and he was building her a library in the same way other men might build their daughters houses. – pg. 153

This book packed a lot of emotion in so few pages and in only a 24 hour period. But it was just the good, cleanse-your-soul-and-be-happy kind of read I needed. I look forward to reading a lot more from Jennifer E. Smith in the future. Especially if her books will leave my heart feeling so light.

Giveaway Closed.

 

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77 Responses to “Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith”

  1. Christin

    Every review of this I’ve seen makes me want to read the book even more.  Love the quotes you shared!  I can’t wait to read the book.

  2. Randi M

    I have read SO many brilliant reviews of this book! And I absolutely adore the cover. Can’t wait to read this one. :)

  3. Karen

    I’m not usually so into contemporary love stories (though I’m trying to open my mind), but this one sounds really intriguing to me. Great review!

  4. forloveandbooks

    I think the thing that I really loved about this book is that it was so brutally honest about how complicated love can be. Even between the two – normally in contemps it feels like one is trying to convince the other that it isn’t so complicated… I loved the very real emotion in this one!

    Great Review :)

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  5. Alexa (Alexa Loves Books)

    I’ve really been looking forward to reading this book. And now, after reading your review and seeing the bits you posted – well, my eagerness knows no bounds! I’m really excited about it, as it sounds so wonderful. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be able to put it down!

  6. Dani Nguyen

    I don’t read a lot of contemporary but EVERYONE is raving about this. I definitely need to check it out. Thanks for the review & giveaway!

  7. Jacinda @ Reading Housewives

    ” I was smiling so much my cheeks started to hurt. “-LOVE THIS! 
    I’m so happy everyone is loving this book, I’m hoping it means I love it as well!

  8. Erin K.

    I’ve read a book by Jennifer before and really liked it so I can’t wait to read this one. It sounds like something I would love. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. elena

    I liked Hadley and Oliver’s relationship so much! It felt very organic to me. The only reason why I can’t completely love this book though was the dead. It was incredibly frustrating for me but overall, I really enjoyed this book! 

  10. JP @ Elle Lit

    So happy you loved this book! I don’t think I’ve read any negative reviews, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

  11. jessasank

    I love this review. Coincidence and fate–the combination of the two sounds intriguing. Books that make you shed some tears can be good for the soul sometimes. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Carl

    There has been a great deal of buzz about this book. I’d love to win a copy. Thanks for hosting.

  13. lisa

    Oh man, I could use a good soul cleansing book. I’ve got some heavy reads happening! 

    THANK YOU FOREVER for the contest. :)

  14. April

    I can’t wait to read this book.. I’m all about the love at first sight thing, because it’s how I met my husband. Not on a plain mind you, just flipping good ole whoppers at BK.. ha! But anyway, this will be in the mail for me soon.. Andrea is lending it to me, and i’m judging from all the great stuff I’m hearing, i’ll be wanting the finished copy for myself. So I wont be entering your giveaway. 

    I loved your review… I’m so looking foward to the banter you speak of..  Great dialogue between characters really make or break a book for me.. . :) 

  15. Sashana Jeffery

    The title is a mouthful! Maybe good things come in big packages sometimes. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  16. Sabrina Horrack

    I saw this in a bookstore with my, friend, and she was obsessively drawn to it :) I can’t wait to read it either…

  17. Christa Seeley

    This book sounds so adorable and I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. Can’t wait to read it!

  18. Gabrielle

    Gosh. You make me want to read this book right this second… It seems like such a cute bad-day-pick-me-up. I love the quotes you included… ARGH. I MUST read this book!

  19. Smash Attack

    I was so curious about this book and this thought sold me! ”
    One thing made very clear in this book, is that love is complicated and when it happens, it’s unavoidable. You may not be out looking for it, but if it’s meant to happen, it will…with or without your consent. ”

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. mandikaye

    I’ve been looking forward to reading this for ages! I just haven’t had a chance yet.

  21. Allison R

    Ever since the 1st review that I read about this book, I have wanted to read this book!

  22. EllyF

    This is the second review I have read on this book and I am eager to get my “read on”. Can’t wait to read this book!

  23. Gisele Alv

    I’ve heard such a fantastic reviews about the book! It sounds like an amazing love story! I want to find out more about Hadley and Oliver’s romance! Thanks for the chance!

  24. Christin

    Every review of this I’ve seen makes me want to read the book even more.
     Love the quotes you shared!  I can’t wait to read the book.

  25. Randi M

    I have read SO many brilliant reviews of this book! And I absolutely adore the cover. Can’t wait to read this one. :)

  26. Christin

    Every review of this I’ve seen makes me want to read the book even more.
     Love the quotes you shared!  I can’t wait to read the book.

  27. Randi M

    I have read SO many brilliant reviews of this book! And I absolutely adore the cover. Can’t wait to read this one. :)

  28. Karen

    I’m not usually so into contemporary love stories (though I’m trying to
    open my mind), but this one sounds really intriguing to me. Great
    review!

  29. forloveandbooks

    I think the thing that I really loved about this book is that it was so brutally honest about how complicated love can be. Even between the two – normally in contemps it feels like one is trying to convince the other that it isn’t so complicated… I loved the very real emotion in this one!

    Great Review :)

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  30. Alexa (Alexa Loves Books)

    I’ve really been looking forward to reading this book. And now, after
    reading your review and seeing the bits you posted – well, my eagerness
    knows no bounds! I’m really excited about it, as it sounds so wonderful.
    I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be able to put it down!

  31. Dani Nguyen

    I don’t read a lot of contemporary but EVERYONE is raving about this. I
    definitely need to check it out. Thanks for the review & giveaway!

  32. Jacinda @ Reading Housewives

    ” I was smiling so much my cheeks started to hurt. “-LOVE THIS! 
    I’m so happy everyone is loving this book, I’m hoping it means I love it as well!

  33. Erin K.

    I’ve read a book by Jennifer before and really liked it so I can’t wait
    to read this one. It sounds like something I would love. Thanks for the
    giveaway!

  34. elena

    I liked Hadley and Oliver’s relationship so much! It felt very organic
    to me. The only reason why I can’t completely love this book though was
    the dead. It was incredibly frustrating for me but overall, I really
    enjoyed this book!

  35. JP @ Elle Lit

    So happy you loved this book! I don’t think I’ve read any negative
    reviews, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Thanks so much for the
    giveaway :)

  36. Jessica S

    I love this review. Coincidence and fate–the combination of the two
    sounds intriguing. Books that make you shed some tears can be good for
    the soul sometimes. Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Carl

    There has been a great deal of buzz about this book. I’d love to win a copy. Thanks for hosting.

  38. lisa

    Oh man, I could use a good soul cleansing book. I’ve got some heavy reads happening! 

    THANK YOU FOREVER for the contest. :)

  39. April

    I can’t wait to read this book.. I’m all about the love at first sight thing, because it’s how I met my husband. Not on a plain mind you, just flipping good ole whoppers at BK.. ha! But anyway, this will be in the mail for me soon.. Andrea is lending it to me, and i’m judging from all the great stuff I’m hearing, i’ll be wanting the finished copy for myself. So I wont be entering your giveaway.

    I loved your review… I’m so looking foward to the banter you speak of..  Great dialogue between characters really make or break a book for me.. . :)

  40. Sashana Jeffery

    The title is a mouthful! Maybe good things come in big packages sometimes. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  41. Sabrina Horrack

    I saw this in a bookstore with my, friend, and she was obsessively drawn to it :) I can’t wait to read it either…

  42. Christa Seeley

    This book sounds so adorable and I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. Can’t wait to read it!

  43. Gabrielle

    Gosh. You make me want to read this book right this second… It seems
    like such a cute bad-day-pick-me-up. I love the quotes you included…
    ARGH. I MUST read this book!

  44. Smash Attack

    I was so curious about this book and this thought sold me! “One thing made very clear in this book, is that love is complicated and when it happens, it’s unavoidable. You may not be out looking for it, but if it’s meant to happen, it will…with or without your consent. ”

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. mandikaye

    I’ve been looking forward to reading this for ages! I just haven’t had a chance yet.

  46. Allison R

    Ever since the 1st review that I read about this book, I have wanted to read this book!

  47. EllyF

    This is the second review I have read on this book and I am eager to get my “read on”. Can’t wait to read this book!

  48. Kat C @ Books and Sensibility

    I have heard such good things and heart the cover ! Jess has this in ebook, but I want to real thing ! Yay !

  49. Monica Fumarolo

    I love the premise of this book and cannot wait to get my hands on it because it seems like everyone who has read it says it’s adorable. And I must admit, I also have a particular weakness for books that take place in a day – maybe it’s the romantic notion I cling to that you never know what day can be the day that changes everything =) Thanks for the chance and great review!

    monica http://fumafiles.blogspot.com

  50. Ashley Chen

    Sorry. I’m May Richard but I am commenting using my friend’s fb account because I don’t have the slightest idea how to log out :P Anyway, loveeeee the review! The book sounds amazing!

  51. [email protected]'s Book Nook

    I am not for sure if I am going to buy this book. I read the Comeback Season by Jennifer E Smith and it was a tad bit confusing ,yet sad at the end.I read the first two chapters at Wal-Mart but I was still fickle.  Maybe instead of paying 16 dollars for a copy of it I can win it here :)

  52. Ashley

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about this one! Glad you loved it too! I’m super excited about it! :D

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