Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight*

image – Jennifer E. Smith


Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Imagine if she hadn’t forgotten the book. Or if there hadn’t been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn’t fumbled the coins for the toll. What if she’d run just that little bit faster and caught the flight she was supposed to be on. Would it have been something else – the weather over the Atlantic or a fault with the plane? Hadley isn’t sure if she believes in destiny or fate but, on what is potentially the worst day of each of their lives, it’s the quirks of timing and chance events that mean Hadley meets Oliver…

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.

My thoughts:

This is second book that I’ve read by Jennifer E. Smith and I think that it is very similar to The Geography of You and Me. Both books include two young teens having a chance meeting, falling in love and then being split apart by some sort of distance. I was a little dubious at how this book was going to work – I was worried that it just wouldn’t grab me as something ‘different’. That said, despite the similar layout, the characters were completely different and they each had their own story.

I wasn’t sure how the relationship would play out to begin with; two teenagers falling in love on a plane, can that actually happen? I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised, and I loved how Hadley and Oliver interacted. Their conversations did not feel forced at all, and it was a case of just seeing how two people opening up can really bring them together. Both Hadley and Oliver had their own problems, although to begin with we only really know about Hadley and her dad. Hadley has barely spoken to her dad since he left to live in London, for good, and is still holding a grudge. She’s off to his wedding, where she’ll meet his new wife for the first time and isn’t happy about it at all. I thought the relationship between Hadley and her dad was shown really well, and it seemed believable. As a teenager, you can understand her frustrations in the situation. I went from feeling sorry for Hadley and her mum, to feeling sorry for her dad. It really was a book full of mixed feelings actually.

I liked the little twist in the story, as I think it added more depth, and we got to see more about Oliver’s life too. I think it would have been interesting to see things from his point of view too, just so I could see more about him and his life – he seemed a little more interesting to me than Hadley did. Maybe it was because his life was more mysterious though!

To sum it up, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is just a really lovely, and cute teen romance! It’s easy to read, and easy to get stuck into!

My Rating – To see my rating guide click here.

*Thanks to Bookbridgr and Headline for sending me the book to review!