My TBR List Book Review : The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

January 31, 2015 Book review 21 ★★★

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.

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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.

My TBR List Book Review : The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E SmithThe 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
Pages: 254
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


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.




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21 Responses to “My TBR List Book Review : The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith”

    • trish

      The book did deliver on what the premise suggested, I think I just personally prefer books set over a longer time span.

    • trish

      Well I know lots of people adore this one! So hopefully you’ll be one of those rather than feeling so-so about it like I did.

  1. Lola

    I always find it interesting when books take palce over a short time period and how authors make that work. It sounds like a cute theme indeed. I am glad you enjoyed it, although it wasn’t as good as you hoped. Some books are just okay and just lack it to be anything more. Oh and I love it when settings are well described, so that sounds well done! Great review!
    Lola recently posted…Review: Walking Shadow by Emma L Adams

    • trish

      Yes the London setting was fab, it was really atmospheric and I felt like I was there. And the characters are cute so it was fine just not great. And like you said, some books are just like that.

  2. Sheri @ Tangled Up In Books

    Although I’m one of those people who adored this one don’t worry there won’t be any stoning from me lol! I think this one is just doomed to be one of those hit or miss for everyone. I don’t know maybe I was blinded by the fact that Oliver is British so at that point I just drooled and everything else just didn’t matter haha! I can see your point though about there not being enough substance to really judge these two because you’re right it all kind of just happens in what was it a day? Two? I can’t remember it’s been a long time since I finished it.

    Oh well maybe the next pick will be a winner for you 🙂
    Sheri @ Tangled Up In Books recently posted…Monthly Recap #01: January 2015

    • trish

      Thanks Sheri for not making me duck! I just don’t love Jennifer E Smith as much as other people. I love her settings, like her characters but her plots leave me wanting something more. Oh well you can’t love them all and at least I liked this one!

  3. Dee @ Dee's Reads

    See, I’m so glad you reviewed this because it tells me what i need to know. I need to just pass on it. It seems really cute, and i’m sure it is. thing is, i saw all the type and it did look super cute, so much so that I almost bought it last year. I’m glad I didn’t because knowing how picky I am with contemporaries, I feel like I’d be disappointed. Hype can do that sometimes.
    But hey, at least it was a cute book that you enjoyed. and at least you helped me decide to take it off my wishlist hahaha <3
    and this reminds me I need to send you a DM! *goes to twitter*
    Dee @ Dee’s Reads recently posted…Book Blast & Giveaway: A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

    • trish

      I don’t think I’m enjoying YA contemporaries as much as I used to. The are all starting to feel a bit the same and I’m only reading the odd one here and there now. This one is different though, I have to say that but it’s just not one I fell in love with like so many others seemed to.

      Have you dm’d me? I don’t think I’ve gotten it.

  4. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m sorry this wasn’t a standout for you, Trish. But I’m glad there were elements that you enjoyed. I’ll still read it – since it’s on my shelf – but it’s good to know it may not *wow* me. 🙂
    Bookworm Brandee recently posted…Teaser Tuesday ~ #55

  5. Rachel

    I’ve had this review open in my browser for ages as I was reading this last week and wanted to comment on your review! Lol I agree largely with everything you’ve said – this is my second Smith book, and I find they really do fall into the category of “cute”. There was plenty of rom-com-y feels (i.e. not realistic and I guess if you’re in the mood for that, then it’s OK), and as much as I enjoyed it, the 24 hour setting just didn’t match up to these characters’ feelings for each other. Personal opinion. I would have loved to have seen where this could have gone once they were back in the States. Sweet, sticky and pretty delicious, but ultimately not that nutritional or beneficial. R x

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