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Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightTitle: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight 
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Series: Standalone
Pages: 224
Publisher: Headline
Date of Publication: 5th January 2012
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads: Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Imagine if she hadn't fogotten the book. Or if there hadn't been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn't fumbled the coins for the toll. What if she'd run just that little bit faster and caught the flight she was supposed to be on. Would it have been something else - the weather over the atlantic or a fault with the plane?

Hadley isn't sure if she believes in destiny or fate but, on what is potentially the worst day of each of their lives, it's the quirks of timing and chance events that mean Hadley meets Oliver...

My Thoughts:
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (TSPOLAFS for short), is adorable. It's short and sweet, and I absolutely adored reading it.

The book starts off with Hadley missing her plane, and right from the prologue I knew that the book would not take me very long at all. I mean, what's not to like about a guy and a girl who meet on a plane, and then they get talking and they possibly could fall in love?! It was so simple and all I could think was, this is either going to be really adorable and I'll love it, or it would try and be cute, and it would fail spectacularly... But don't worry, it didn't (fail spectacularly, that is)! It was AWESOME.

I really liked Hadley. I thought that the way in which she talked about her family's troubles, and how she thought about her dad's wedding felt very much like how I imagine a real teenager would feel, and I really got a feel for her frustration and confusion about all her feelings. I have no idea how I would feel in her situation, but I imagine it would be very much like Hadley, so I really liked that about her. I also loved how normal she was. She wasn't exceptionally pretty or super nerdy - she was just a regular, 'normal' girl.

And then, there was Oliver. Oh, Oliver... *sigh* He was pretty darn cute, if I may say so. Everything about him I loved! I loved how he joked about things, and how he managed to hide his own feelings when Hadley was talking about herself, and how he didn't get annoyed with her because of this. I felt so sorry for him when we found out what was actually going on, and all I wanted to do was hug him. Last thing I'll say about him is about the end - he was adorable :D If you've read it, you'll know, if you haven't, you should read it and find out!

I have one complaint, and it's a very small one. I WANT MORE! The book is very short at 224 pages, and while I know it was written to take place over 24 hours, some of the story felt a little rushed and I think that Oliver and Hadley's relationship could have been more spaced out throughout the book to make it more realistic, but really, that's only a little thing that probably only bothers me ;)

Overall, TSPOLAFS was an awesome novel from Jennifer E. Smith. I'll DEFINITELY be reading anything else she writes in the future, because I can only imagine that they'll be just as awesome as this was! I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of young adult contemporaries - it'd be PERFECT for you! I especially say fans of Stephanie Perkins and Jenny Han would love this, so if that's you, what are you waiting for? Go and order yourself a copy NOW!

*Huge thanks to Headline for sending me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review! In no way has this affected my opinion of the book.

My Rating:
I give it 4 feet!

2011 100+ Reading Challenge #98


  1. i so want this/not us person so i can buy it bookstores here

  2. This sounds SO SO cute!! I really want to read it. Great review Bella

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  3. I definitely really enjoyed this one. Not 5-stars loved it, but still really liked it. It was definitely a quick read, and it was so sweet. I actually expected it to be more about the romance, and I was kind of pleasantly surprised about all the stuff with Hadley's family. Hadley definitely felt like a real character. Unfortunately I was somewhat in her position when I was younger, and I feel like her feelings were presented spot-on.

    I totally wanted more of an ending, or more of Hadley/Oliver as well. I liked the way it ended, but just more of their awesome conversations and connection would have been cool.

  4. Great review, I felt the exact same way! Can't wait for what Jennifer E Smith gives us next! :)

  5. Nice review! Here's mine if you don't mind:

    They're turning this one into a movie. I'm so excited!

    Thanks and have a nice day! :)


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