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

Read this book if you’re a romantic, or if you want to grin like a lovesick fool because of the cuteness this couple emanates!

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Publication Date: January 2, 2012

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Price: CND $19.99




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.

About The Author

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of two previous young adult novels, The Comeback Season and You Are Here . She earned her master”s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland , and currently works as an editor in New York City .


Hadley is forced to attend her father’s wedding in London, England and missing her flight by a mere 4 minutes she unexpectedly meets Oliver. Out of a weird twist of fate they also have seats near each other on the plane. Oliver occupies the seat next to Hadley and for the next couple of hours they talk their ears off finding out what each other’s lives are like.

There’s an undeniable charge and pull that Hadley and Oliver had, and for once it wasn’t lust. The two really hit it off well and I couldn’t stop grinning ear to ear when I read their cute and witty banter. As the story progresses you can feel the characters change almost mature about how they live their own lives, which is very responsible of them. You can also say they saved each other. Oliver is happier when he’s around Hadley and vice versa. Love isn’t planned and organized, it’s quick and surprising.

I enjoyed reading this book not only because love was the sole theme but relationships between a parent and child are touched upon. How satisfying to read a book where the girl doesn’t want to rip her love interest’s clothes off!

Read this book if you’re a romantic, or if you want to grin like a lovesick fool because of the cuteness this couple emanates!



“There’s a kind of unfamiliar electricity that goes through her at the nearness of him, and she can’t help but wonder if he feels it, too.”—Hadley (43)

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