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

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This was the book that won my February TBR poll. I was supposed to post my review on the last Saturday of the month, but I didn’t start it until that Thursday and I didn’t have any reading time on Friday. So the review is a few days late, but that’s okay.

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

Four minutes changes everything. Hadley Sullivan 17 misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her father’s second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British, sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink, but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring them together again?

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Source: Gifted
Publication date: January 2, 2012

Hadley and Oliver meet in an airport waiting for their flight. Hadley’s already missed her first flight and has been rebooked on another, although she would rather not go at all. Fate places them two seats apart, and with a little luck they manage to switch with an elderly woman so they can sit next to each other and continue the conversations they began in the airport.

The title of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a little misleading. There is no love at first sight. I’m not even convinced that Hadley and Oliver are in love by the end of the book. I mean, I don’t even believe in love at first sight anyway, but I’m willing to suspend that disbelief for fiction and these two characters just don’t have any chemistry. They’re both flat and underdeveloped, at least until later in the book after they’ve parted upon reaching London. I don’t feel any connection to them, nor do I feel that they have any connection to each other. They’re strangers who meet in an airport and…not much happens. They talk. They sleep. They “fall in love” apparently while I wasn’t looking. They get to London and go their separate ways, Hadley to her father’s wedding and Oliver to whatever he has to do. (He’s vague about it.)

The important and most interesting part of this book happens after the wedding. The reception is conveniently hours later, so Hadley has some time to go seek out Oliver in London, a very large city she’s never been to, with only a few clues to where he’s going to be, and very little money. She does find him, of course, and it’s partly because of this second meeting with Oliver that Hadley finally grows up and realizes that her father is a person and not just her dad. I don’t condone his behavior in going off to England for a few months, falling in love (at first sight?) with another woman while he’s still married to Hadley’s mother, and deciding not to return to the US, but that’s in the past. Hadley’s mom has moved on and is dating a dentist (no love at first sight in that relationship, at least not on her side), but Hadley’s been holding onto her anger. He’s not a perfect person and he’s certainly not a perfect father. It is inexcusable that his wedding to Charlotte — a wedding that Hadley is in is the first time Hadley meets her. He hasn’t seen Hadley in a year. Why not? Part of it is Hadley, but he’s the adult. Has he forgotten and does Charlotte not know the way to the airport to travel to the US?

The concept of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is better than the execution. This is my first Jennifer E. Smith book and if I hadn’t heard so many good things about her, I probably wouldn’t be interested in reading more. I do own a few though, so I will start with those and hopefully they will interest me more.

3 stars



  1. I love this book. I’ll find it interesting to hear what you think of the author’s other books, if you get around to them, since I thought this one was by far the best. That being said, I don’t think are tastes completely mesh, so it could be that you really like her second book (which is my least favorite).

    • I probably should have known I wouldn’t love this book because I didn’t really care for the movie Before Sunrise. I guess I just like a little more action in my books and movies. Her covers are always so cute that I hope I like at least some of her books.
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