I came across this meme and thought it sounded like a lot of fun. I like the idea of YOU choosing a book for me! It’s hosted by Because Reading is better than real life and you can click on the button to get all the deets. This month you choose The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith and to fulfil my end of the bargain, this is my review.
It’s a cute one, there is no denying that! But just a little lacking in substance for me. And (sorry to all those who adored it, don’t stone me!), I just didn’t feel that it delivered ALL the fluffy romantic vibes that I expected.The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Hachette Book Group on 2nd Jan 2012
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, YA Contemporary
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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?
First Line of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith:
“There are so many ways it could all have turned out differently.”
My Thoughts on The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith:
This book takes place over a single 24 hour period and it’s about the connection that two people can make when they are total strangers who end up travelling together. I loved the concept of this as I think it’s one we can all relate to. I can remember one train journey years and years ago, where I got chatting to a guy and we had a really intense conversation. There is just something about a stranger that you’ll never meet again that can sometimes prompt this and when fate puts just the right person beside you for x amount of time. So thumbs up for the cute theme.
And there are lots of other good things about The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. You have two interesting, well developed characters who you can’t help but like as they are cute and quirky. They have a snappy, feisty chemistry going on and little by little they talk. Hadley is going to her father’s wedding and I really felt her hurt and mixed emotions over this. Oliver is more tight lipped but you know something huge is going on in his life too. Ohh and the London setting is fab, it is really well described and it was one of my favourite parts of the book.
But while I enjoyed all the above, it just didn’t stand out. It wasn’t substantial enough to make a big impression on me. I know it’s meant to be ultra romantic but to me it’s just cute. I can’t say how well matched these characters are together as I don’t see enough of them together. I get that it’s all first kisses and warm feels right now and they are helping each other with huge issues but after that? When everyday life hits?
Plus I had a huge issue with something that Hadley did at one stage in the book. I thought it was rude and drama queenish and somewhat unrealistic. Would someone actually do that..and would her father let her? In addition, it’s character heavy and plot thin which isn’t a huge negative for me as I love character driven books. I’m glad I read it but I know it isn’t one that I’ll be begging everyone to read. And I don’t really get the hype about it to be honest. For me it’s good, just not great.
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Who should read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith?
I’d recommend this to folks that like YA contemporary books with well developed characters and with a mood that is cute and funny. Think rom-com feel. But you must be ok with the 24 hour period setting which caused issues for me as I wanted a longer arc to make it more meaningful. And I didn’t flat out love it but I know others did.