The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by: Poppy Hachette Little Brown and Company
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Date Read: 04/07/2015
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Author’s Website
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?
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is about Hadley, who is on her way to her dad’s wedding in Chicago. Well, she’s supposed to be. While waiting in the airport, she blinks out for a few minutes, and snaps back to find out that her plane had taken off without her. It turns out that those four short minutes would change her life. If it wasn’t for her missing the plane, then she wouldn’t have met Oliver. When they eventually board the next flight, they bond and have an amazing time. Unfortunately, when they land, they end up losing each other in the busy airport. Will they be able to meet again, and continue the bond they’d made on the plane?
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a cute, slow paced novel about two young people meeting at an airport surrounded by a series of random events. The author highlights that if Hadley had been 4 minutes earlier, had decided not to go to her father’s funeral, or Oliver had not helped her pick up her book, she may never met the boy who becomes her first love.
Hadley tended to get a bit annoying and whiny at times, which sort of irritated me. I get that she would probably rather have a happy family with her parents still happily together, but I don’t think she needed to be that dramatic. But still, I definitely understand her hard feelings. I really liked Oliver, he was one of the highlights of the book, in my opinion. He sweet and accepting, and I love how determined he was to make things work with Hadley in their limited timeframe. The romance was really cute.
Oliver and Hadley’s relationship was sweet; they automatically clicked and just understood where the other was coming from. This could have been because they found themselves in the same boat; both had complicated relationships with their dads, both travelling to London.
Another thing I loved about this book is that it talks about family. The parts with Hadley and her family were quite heartbreaking and while her feelings change toward her father, I didn’t see anything in this story that justified his actions.
This story is not that special for a YA romance novel. Yes, the “love at first sight” thing is so cliche and overused already, but I think that if you read the story, it’s not really “love at first sight”.
Despite relatively enjoying this book, a few things in this book irritated me. But there are some truly beautiful moments in this book. Those sweet, endearing moments that Hadley shares with Oliver. Then there are the moments where she is hurting so much, and reminiscing about the moments she still lingers on to, in a time where her father was very much a strong presence in her and her mothers life. And these are the moments that make the book more worthwhile and give it more of an edge.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s a quick easy read. The statistical probability of love at first sight was a cute poignant read, but I’m just disappointed that I’d set my hopes too high as this book did fall some way short of my expectations.
I’ll leave it right there, you can read the book if you want to know what happens next. I’d recommend this to any teen wanting a super adorable romance novel including travelling.