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

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.


I read this one awhile ago, but I loaned it out to a friend and, unfortunately, that person never returned it. 😦 Boooo.

Honestly, you can just tell that this is going to be a cute book when you look at the cover. I wondered how a 24-hour airplane ride could be entertaining enough to hold readers’ attention, but Smith pulls it off effortlessly.

Hadley and Oliver are both quirky, fun characters. I absolutely loved the wit of Oliver (found myself laughing/smiling throughout the novel at his sense of humor). Heck, I want to be on a long airplane ride with Oliver. He’s hilarious! The tension between the two of them and their individual family problems really left an impact on me. Although Hadley was a little bit attitudinal towards her father for a remarrying (though it wasn’t exaggerated), I really felt for her. Same for Oliver. Both are dealing with tough problems and, only by their friendship/relationship, are they able to let go and appreciate the people in their lives.

This book was an emotional roller coaster, but the ending was great. Everything pulled together in a believable fashion. I’d recommend this to everyone… I just really wish I still had my copy of this book. 😦

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