Thursday, July 5, 2012

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

"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. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother 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 sitting in her row.  A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more? Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it. (from Goodreads)

Flo's Review
You guys. This story is basically my fairy tale fantasy come true. As you may know, I am the BookNerd who is always traveling. I'd say about 90% of the time I am going to visit someone or meet someone -- so I spend a lot of plane time alone. I always hear the stories from Southwest Airlines about how people met the love of their lives on a plane ride and I think to myself, "That would be soo amazing!" But alas -- it has yet to happen to me. (I did come close, though, when my flight to the Hunger Games set was delayed and I ended up passing the time talking to a very attractive young man whose number I did leave with.)

So, Hadley is not excited to be going to her Dad's wedding in London, and as luck would have it, she misses her flight. She gets bumped to the next flight and meets a HOTTIE in the airport -- who happens to end up sitting next to her for the approximately 7 hour flight across the ocean. I devoured this book in about 3 hours. It takes place around the 4th of July, and guess what day I read it?! (That's just a neat coincidence.)

I really enjoyed Hadley's and Oliver's interactions. They played well off of each other and you could tell that they were comfortable and having fun with each other. The TWIST to OLIVER's story (see what I did with that pun there?! *pats self on back*) definitely surprised me...but what I liked about both his and Hadley's stories is that interwoven into this fairy tale 24 hours is real life. It's not like everything stopped or suddenly became okay because they met. What they were facing at their destinations was still heavy and hard. But meeting each other brought some light and perspective to their situations, and they were able to share the load of their sadness. So while this book was a fairy tale -- it was a real life fairy tale. And that is the type of story I can believe in.

Read BookNerd Teri's review of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight on her blog.


  1. How do you guys read so fast? Three hours?? I REALLY need to read this book. I have heard great things about it.

  2. This book sounds awesome. I really enjoy contemporaries since they're really easy reads, and this one sounds like a perfect beach read! Thanks for the great review! :)