Editor’s Pick: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

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.

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

Release date: Jan. 2, 2012
Publisher: Little Brown, 256 pages

I’ll be honest – this book had me at the title.  I’m in a love with a mathematician and let’s just say that anything math related + love = I have to read it.

This is not just your typical YA love story – I’ve read plenty of those this summer – this one is quirky.  Rife with happenstance, familial strife, heartache, grief, and meaningful gestures and silence – I found it to be a refreshing realistic love story.  Hadley and Oliver meet by accident or chance or luck or whatever name you wish you put on the forces that seemingly put people in each other’s path when it seems like there was no logical reason for paths to cross.

Their relationship is full of hiccups – misread cues, words unsaid, actions not taken and those taken in a heartbeat that cause heartache.   Yes there’s angst, but here it’s realistic – both characters are dealing with heavy situations in their home lives that color their actions and interactions with not only each other but everyone else too.

The characters themselves are personable and real.  Palpable growing pains for each as they are at that almost adult age – still kids, but very much on the cusp and are vulnerable and anxious.  Very much trying to get comfortable in their own skins while navigating relating to the opposite sex and ultimately to themselves.

Enjoyable from start to finish this book will surely leave a smile on your face when all is said and done and maybe make you a little wistful for those days passed when perhaps you too found love by happenstance. –Keely, one of our contributors




  1. Great review! We’ve heard mixed things about this book, but we’re glad you enjoyed it and from your thoughts it sounds like we would too!

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