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


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 painted as a true blue love story, but oh how it is so much more!

The blurb does not do this book justice, and some may even set out with the wrong expectations and in turn feel disappointed with the result. This novel is not a fluff filled teen romance, to me, it is a story of a teenage girl realising that love can’t be controlled by anyone, not even her parents.

17 year old Hadley sets out to endure the torturous event that is to be her father’s wedding, and after missing her planned flight is thrown to the hands of fate. But fate has a plan, a plan that will see her ride a roller coaster of emotions over a short 24hr window before coming to a stop in a light hearted, can’t help but smile kind of way.

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Hadley doesn’t want to think about her father getting married, the woman he is marrying, or the new life he has made without her. When she meets Oliver, she hopes he will be the perfect distraction on the long flight to London. But Oliver doesn’t want to talk about himself, always turning the conversation back to Hadley, and soon into the flight she finds herself reminded of parts of her life with her father she had forgotten, parts that stir emotions previously hidden behind the anger she held in her heart.

Smith is a gifted writer who managed to script the interaction between these two so well that I could hear both Hadley and Oliver’s voices in my mind as I read. Oliver’s gestures, though subtle, showed his reluctance to speak of his father, and by the time they reached Heathrow we have a clear idea of what will probably unfold in this relatively short novel. This however does not make it any less of a fabulous read.

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When Hadley comes to the realisation that her father loves her still, that her step mother is not the devil, and this wedding was not the end of the world, as a reader you feel content. There is nothing worse than a novel that does not grant you what is promised, Smith gives you everything, love, heartache, loneliness, loss, anger, joy, hatred, fear, every emotion under the sun is glistening in full light amongst the pages of this fantastic novel.

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Defiantly not for the V-Day haters, The Statistical probability of Love at First Sight will be loved by adults that relate to the complexity of true love and by teens for the romantic idea that love is but a plane ride away.

If you walk away with nothing else, let it be this; whether you have found love, lost love or felt love, accept that you can’t control love.

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4.5 stars for this beautiful story, I only wish it had been a little longer.

Rebecca is currently editing her completed manuscript whilst writing WIP 2 and 3. With three children and a full time job, the other characters bouncing around in her brain will just have to wait.

Find her on twitter here.

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One Comment

  1. I read this a few years ago and remember thinking it was so cute. Have you read any more of her books? The Geography of You and Me I thought was even better. Currently have the third one sitting in my TBR stack right now!

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