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

“People who meet in airports are seventy-two percent more likely to fall for each other than people who meet anywhere else.”

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy Hachette Little Brown and Company
Number of pages: 236
Published: January 2, 2012
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

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.

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“In the end, it’s not the changes that will break your heart; it’s that tug of familiarity.”

My heart was so full the moment I finished this book. It’s light, romantic, and an easy read. The perfect book for anyone who has no problem with insta-love (since the title pretty much gave that info away) and who looks for something to read when travelling. Plus, the whole story happened in just 24 hours so it has been easy to grasp everything.

There is nothing special about the plot. I have read many insta-love stories not different from this one but it’s my first airport romance novel. It’s cliché and not much of a page-turner but I found myself enjoying the story because of the writing. The characters are all likeable and it helped making me fall in love more with the book. Some parts have made me emotional especially the scenes between Hadley and his father. Their reconciliation towards the end was taken one step at a time and it made the story more believable.

“You know what they say, if you love something, set it free.”
“What if he doesn’t come back?”
“Some things do, some things don’t. I’ll always come back to you anyway.”

I honestly have nothing much to say about it. I had doubts before I even picked up this book. But now I think I’ll be reading Jennifer Smith’s other novels if it will be as cheesy as this one. It makes my hopeless romantic heart happy.