Book Review: Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

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

Published by: Poppy
Form: purchased/paperback
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Big Themes: Love, Travel, Divorce, Fate


Hadley is on her way to her father’s second wedding, and she’s not happy about it.  But then she meets Oliver, completely by chance, because she missed her flight.  Their chance meeting might make you believe in fate… and love at first sight.

Love the Cover:
Very rarely do I bring up covers in my reviews.  But I adore this cover.  I love the black and white with red accents.  I love the font choice.  I love the couple kissing as the rest of the world seems to fly by them.  I wish I could give a bonus to the person who designed this cover because they probably pushed me to pick up this contemporary read.

Hadley and Oliver’s Chance Romance:
I love that they met as a result of a missed flight.  I love the setting being in a busy airport.  I love their hushed conversations on the plane ride.  I love everything about their 24 hour romance.  Probably because I’m a sucker for the idea of fate, and I’d love to meet someone in this way.  Being out and about and suddenly being blindsided by love at first sight.  I could totally go for more contemporary books in this vein.

Hadley’s Parents and Family Issues:
On the one hand, I liked that Hadley had this inner conflict going on.  It gave her character depth and provided an emotional journey that I’m sure a lot of teens can connect with.  However, I found myself being frustrated by the frequency of flashbacks and emphasis on family drama because I really just wanted to read about Oliver and Hadley’s romance.  So my frustration was entirely selfish in nature because I just wanted to read the happy mushy stuff.  So the pacing felt slow when I was reading about the family drama, but I recognize that this content added depth to the story.

Overall Rating:
I gave this book three stars.  Keep in mind that I don’t really enjoy contemporary fiction, especially books that deal with real life problems (such as divorce and split families).  But the premise of meeting someone in an airport and the romance was lovely.  Most people adore this book, and I did enjoy it, but not enough to bump it to four stars.

4 comments on “Book Review: Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

  1. fakesteph says:

    This one was so darn cute. I can't wait for This Is What Happy Looks Like. The family drama took me for surprise, too, but I love contemps and issue books, so it wasn't a problem for me. Oh man, how I love this book. More than Downton Abbey at the moment, that's for sure.

  2. Aylee says:

    Yeah, I just adore this cover, too! From reading your review, I think I would probably like this one more than you because for some reason I have been really liking contemporaries with real life problems lately… no clue why. So thanks for the review!

  3. I read this based on the cover, too! And, ahh, very little cover love from you? *pouts* ^.~ I can't remember if I ever actually got around to reviewing this when I read it or not. Guess I'll just have to review this year's book instead! I can't really remember my thoughts, but I feel they may have been close to your own. Have you read Daisy Whitney or Stephanie Perkins? Two contemporaries that I love. Ooh, and PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry!! Daisy and Stephanie have books with boarding school elements (some, anyway), and Katie and Daisy have a lot of stuff going on that keeps you thinking. And Stephanie…ANNA is just gorgeous despite its title. I cuddle it!

  4. Aww, I loved this one! I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it more. And I love the cover, too! They're in their own little world in the middle of that busy airport! And that kind of font is probably one of my favorites right now… 😉

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