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Thursday, January 12, 2012

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

This was a long-awaited book for me. I thought the premise sounded so cute, and I'm always game for a new contemporary romance.

Here is the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) The idea. I will always read a book with a title like this, because I am a self-admitted hopeless romantic. I believe in things like fairy tales and love at first sight. Yep. Anyway, so the idea of this book appealed to me on an emotional level. And I thought it was well executed. 2) The time frame. So much of this book is about timing. Hadley was 4 minutes late for her plane. If she hadn't been, the rest of the ensuing events wouldn't have happened. And the entire book takes course over the following 24 hours. I really liked that sense of timing. 3) Hadley's relationship with her father. Okay, to say I liked it...that's different. I liked the realness of it in the book. She really doesn't have a great relationship with her dad, he lives far away, he left she and her mom, and now he's getting remarried. The complicated relationship they have was very well, and fully examined in the book, and I really enjoyed that part of it.

What I Didn't Like: I'm one of those people who has to feel connected to the characters. I know there have been discussions regarding what draws people into a book, plot versus characters. And for me, it's characters. I have a harder time getting into a book when I don't connect to the characters. And while I think that Oliver and Hadley are characters that SOME will relate to, I just didn't feel that connection.

Overall thoughts: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a cute story with a well thought out and interesting plot line. The relationships that are developed are very real and change throughout the book. I think fans of romance stories will be intrigued by the Hadley and Oliver and how quickly their relationship develops.

My rating: 3.5 shots

Cheers and Happy Reading! Oh, I have a question for y'all! Can you read the font on the summary, the blockquote? I'm fiddling with some of the design aspects so I was curious if y'all found it hard to read. Thanks for the input!!


  1. Thanks for the wonderful review. I just got this book yesterday and am excited to read it. (I am going to make time for the pile of books I just got.) I can read the font for the summary. :)

  2. I am intrigued by this book and I really like the title, which I know sounds weird :)

  3. ive been totally on the fence about this book

  4. I really enjoyed this book; really cute! You put all the things I thought about this book on your review! Wonderful review!

  5. I've been hearing about this book a lot! I've added it to my list!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

  6. I've been wanting to check out this book for the title alone. Thanks for reviewing it. And I don't have any problem reading the print. The blog looks great!

  7. Amy - Every time I add new books to my TBR, I can never decide what to read first!

    Kate - Not weird at all! The title is what drew me in in the first place.

    Melissa - And which way do you think you're leaning?

    TSQ - Thanks! I'm glad to know that you felt the same way! I always wonder if I've missed some huge plot point and it's affected my overall opinion!

    Megan - I hope you enjoy it!!

    Elizabeth - That title is cute, it's what drew me to the book in the first place! I hope you get a chance to read it!

    Thanks for stopping by everyone, and for letting me know that the blockquote font is readable!! :)


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  9. That was 1st sight & that was 1st love, i agree with the author, there are 80% chances for love in 1st sight.


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