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

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Rating: 4 Stars

Goodreads Summary

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. 

My Review

I don’t know what to say, because I’m still reeling off the cheesy lines from the book. It’s really pretty fantastic though. It just serves the title right.

Well at first, I was kind of looking for the mathematical side of the book because of the title. Something like “The Theorem” from John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines. I even thought that the main character, Hadley is a statistician or something, but then when I got to the ending of the book, I got my “Eureka moment”.

One thing I really loved from the book was the relationship Hadley and her Dad. Their relationship somehow echoes my relationship with my father because we’re pretty close. Though I hope things don’t turn out as much as Hadley’s father’s because I wouldn’t like it if my Dad marries off another woman. Haha.

Okay, let’s get to the laddie. If I was Hadley, I would probably fall in love with Oliver at first sight. Tall, check. Hot, check. Gallant and chivalrous with the occasional sense of humor, check. British, double check. Hahaha.

Let’s get back to my “Eureka moment”. I haven’t really gotten to fully understand the connection of the title to the story until I got to the last chapters of the book. I mean, yes. I predicted that they would probably end up with each other by the end of the book, but I was searching for the essence of statistics in the book. Then it dawned on me.

Of all of the flights, Hadley had to take in replacement for her missed plane, she got to take that one. There were probably hundreds of planes there in the airport but she was placed in that particular place. Then, of all of the thousands of people there in the airport, she got stuck with Oliver, who was also on the same flight. Of all of the seats Oliver could have, he was one seat apart from Hadley. These things go on until the end of the book.

One of the things I learned from taking Elementary Statistics last semester, is that probability is the study of “chance”. There I thought there was some kind of formula or equation to justify the book’s title but then the story justified it as a whole. And I loved it.

It’s true, what the movie “Now You See Me” constantly tells the viewers, “The closer you look, the less you see.”

So, if you happen to go to your local bookstores and look for that particular novel you want to buy. Take a second and look around the shelf. Maybe there’s this book that might teach you to look at things at a different perspective. (And by that I mean you should totally check this book out.)


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