The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

by Jennifer E. Smith
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precious_seraph More than 1 year ago
I¿ll start by saying this quote from Sea by Heidi Kling: I wanted to tell him that you can meet someone and they can change your life forever, even if you have only known him for a short while¿ That quote was exactly what was manifested in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. But when Hadley met Oliver, she wasn¿t really thinking about that. She was thinking that it was all because of the flight. Midair, people meet people, share stories with them and maybe even share a few secrets with them. But upon landing, they just wave goodbye and walk away forever. Somehow, that was what happened to Hadley and Oliver. They met at the airport, left the airport and went their separate ways. It should¿ve stayed that way for them, like for most people, but in 24 hours time, they managed to develop a connection that was sudden, startling and life-changing. Hadley went to the airport with annoyance, dread and unwillingness building up inside of her. Her father was going to get married to a British woman she¿s never even met, the same British woman that caused her parents¿ divorce. She was one of the bridesmaids. I love Hadley¿s character. She was honest but considerate and unsure in so many ways but determined. She seemed so real. This girl could be me if I were in that position. For this, it was very easy to like her and to feel for her. Oliver was an English gentleman. Tall, lanky, handsome with good humor, he was absolutely adorable. Throughout the time he spent with Hadley while waiting for their flight and during the flight, he was pleasing, entertaining and amusing. He was the kind of guy that makes a good impression and that is hard to forget. But I could sense that there was something dark about him, like something was weighing down on his shoulders, occasionally making him hunched, distant and silent. In London, Hadley went through the motions of preparing for the wedding. She met Charlotte, the British woman who captured her Dad¿s heart. There, she realized the truth about her Dad¿s new phase, the changes in her own life and Oliver. The novel was a grand mixture of musings and flashbacks that brought me closer and closer to Hadley. The flashbacks were vivid and painted with emotion. They were honest and real from the memory of a child. It helped me in connecting the dots and seeing the bigger picture. The writing was breathtaking. I loved it! I loved how the author transformed that most mundane thing into something beautiful and how she injected little bits of realizations about daily life into the novel. It was like looking at life through a different pair of eyes. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is an extraordinary contemporary romance born from an extraordinary circumstance. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is brimming with humor, curiosity, love, changes and regrets that will fly readers to the world of possibility, fresh starts and second chances. I highly recommend this to readers of contemporary romance!
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
There are some books that are so perfectly perfect that they make the reader swoon along with them. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is one of those books. It’s romantic and heartfelt and so much more than just that – focusing on more than just the romance and allowing the reader to see true love in more ways than one. There’s still plenty of romance. And it’s magnificently done, invoking butterflies and blushes and longing. Brit boy Oliver is sexy (he’s British, so obviously he’s sexy) and intelligent and quirky and funny and absolutely adorable in his randomness. He makes Hadley’s heart race and will do the same to the reader. Considering that a third of the book takes place in an airport/airplane, these two need to have some serious chemistry to keep the reader hooked. On top of a romance that feels epic, there’s the backstory to both Hadley and Oliver. Hadley’s family dynamic is so well-crafted that I was there with her, the entire way, partially hating her father, while hoping the two of them could work everything out. The father/daughter relationship has just the right amount of angst and bitterness, then Smith throws in flashbacks of tenderness and undeniable love. Hadley is everything readers could want her to be. She’s young and angry at her father, angry at her mother, but vulnerable and not jaded enough to have a complete disbelief in love. This book had me smiling from that very first page. Jennifer E. Smith knows how to write characters that the reader will feel an instant attachment to, and give us a story that is impossible to put down. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight will sway even the most reluctant romantics with its delightful humor, heartfelt characters, and the idea that maybe love at first sight is possible. Smith’s collection of fate, coincidence, and love made me smile, it made me laugh, and it even made me tear up – it’s that good. As far as contemporary YA goes, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is one of the best and a definite must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)best book ever there are soooooo many emotions it makes u want to go to the airport to fall in love
BookGirl222 More than 1 year ago
This is a light sweet romance story with a little family drama thrown in for good measure. It's somewhat predictable but not in the ways you might expect. The author's ability to describe a scene is solid and her attention to detail is amazing. If you're looking for a more in-depth character study or a meaty plot, then this book isn't for you. But if you find yourself wanting to remember those first stirrings of new love, then read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a cute, sweetly romantic story that allows you to really emotionally connect with the characters. And you get to travel abroad with Hadley and Oliver to England :) There are a few kisses, but it's a refreshingly clean teen romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally didn't like this book, but the characters were cute and the daddy daughter relationship was also sweet, but it was way underdeveloped. That is just my feeling. I read tons of books where I love them and people hate them, so preference is everything! I think the idea of writing a book based on a 24-hour period is hard, and she did a great job trying! I am glad I read it, but would not read it again! Please dont let my opinion detour you from reading it... I think everyone should try it for themselves!!!!
MaisieD More than 1 year ago
Hadley is four minutes late for the flight that will take her to the wedding of her father to a woman she has never met. On the next flight she meets Oliver, they connect, but there is this we've-only-just-met, is-he-feeling-what-I'm-feeling? thing about their relationship. When they arrive in London they are separated, and Hadley believes she will never see Oliver again. What I love most about this book is the seamless way Jennifer Smith weaves past to present so we understand exactly where Hadley is with her relationship with her father and everything else in her life. I also like that, even though this book is about Hadley and Oliver's relationship, it's even as importantly, about Hadley's relationship with her father and her new stepmother. I loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone thinking about reading it!
ShanonBanana More than 1 year ago
This book has done nothing but make me smile the whole way through! I've been on a contemporary kick lately and have heard so many great things about this story, so I had a feeling I would love it, and clearly I did. I just love the tone of the book and how it alternates between being light and witty, and then real and emotional. You can't help but get caught up in Hadley and Oliver's budding romance, and after a while it's hard to believe that everything they go through has only happened over the course of one day. The book starts off with Hadley missing her flight to London; where her dad is getting married to a woman she's never met. But missing her flight is pretty much the best thing that could ever happen to her, because it led to her meeting a very swoon-worthy boy named Oliver (who by the way has an English accent, which is always a plus!). The chemistry that these two have and the ease at which they get to know eachother is so delightful and believable, and I loved every second they were together. This is a couple I was rooting for from the very beginning, because it's so clear that they're meant to be together. With them the author does so well at covering all of the emotions that go along with falling in love: the uncertainty, excitement, shyness, longing, compulsive thoughts, and a fear that you're maybe misreading the signs--all of these are honest and accurate depictions. There were moments when the plot detours into specific memories that belong to Hadley, and I think that fit into the plot well and made Hadley more relatable. It's clear that Hadley and Oliver both have family issues that are weighing them down, which in a way solidifies their connection even more. They were there for eachother at a time when it seemed like no one else could bring them comfort. I absolutely loved the last chapter of the book because instead of feeling like an ending, it gives you the distinct impression of a wonderful beginning. I will definitely be re-reading this book whenever I need a heartfelt smile and laugh. So pick up this book if you're looking for a genuine, feel-good novel--one that is made up of first loves, self-discovery, the possibility of fate, and the journey and connection of two people getting to know eachother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The statistical probability of love at first sight was indeed an incredible book, that i will cherish everytime I travel. It was however a rapid short teen love story, that makes you wonder of all the possiblities that can or may occur. I would definitely recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely amazing!!!!I loved it so much I wanted to go to the airport , even though I didnt . Lol. I reccomend this book to anyone who likes a romance with a woderfully happy ending . Hope this helped :)
AlliCat_Strike More than 1 year ago
A cute book but a little too predictable. For all the hype about Hadley meeting Oliver on a plane, we don't actually see them on the plane that much, and instead read about flashbacks of it later. It was okay. 
Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Perks of Being a Bookworm! I picked it up. Started reading it. When I put it down again, it was finished. First sign of a really good book. By the time I was finished, my cheeks quite literally hurt. I was grinning through 95% of it. Second sign of a really good book. During the other 5% I was trying to fight back tears from all of the dysfunctions and problems going on within both Hadley and Oliver's families. I lost the fight by the way. *Sniffles* Third sign of a really good book. I'm sitting here in the middle of such a book high, still 24 hours later, finding it difficult to want to get into anything else. I'm still in a very Hadley and Oliver place. Last sign of a really good book. It was easy for me to connect to Hadley. We had a pretty similar story of our parents splitting at roughly the same age. Though I may have been a year or so younger. For her, her dad goes off to work in England for four months and just..doesn't come back. For me, it was my mother and sadly it wasn't England. That would have been bloody fantastic. (See I woulda fit in when I was on holiday..Yep I'm just full of Briticisms.) So every little thing she went through and talked about in regards to her relationship with her father...I got it and was able to connect to this book on a deeper level than most books I've read. Now, I know I say this quite a lot...but...I am in love with Oliver. I mean it, I would leave all my other book boyfriends for this guy. He was 99% of the reason I was grinning throughout the majority of this book. He was just so charming and witty and funny and completely adorable. I did get a bit annoyed with him for a short time though because it seemed that he was always asking about her life but whenever she would ask him something, some of the stuff he would talk about but other than that he would most of the time give sarcastic jokey answers or would just shoot questions down completely and I sat there thinking how unfair! And then soon after they land and get separated, the bomb drops and everything starts to make sense and I lost it. I think I literally said "Oh no, no, no!" out loud. So, Oliver...I'm sorry for doubting your perfection. It was only for a moment! But besides having two really great characters, behind them you have such a great love story. It's one of those stories you dream about having. Meet a gorgeous stranger at the airport. Ending up in the same row and most of the flight sharing stories and falling in love. [Insert girlish dreamy sigh here] Why couldn't my mother have run off to England? :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personaly didnt enjoy this book very much. It was a very cute story, but the charecters' conection was very romantically entertaining. The sarcasm was very funny i just thiught that even though it was set over a 24 hour period i thought it dragged a little
aleonell More than 1 year ago
Im unsure about this book, i found it nice but wanted so much more. it was hard to truly connect with the character seeing it was written in 3rd person. if first person we could of explored deeper thoughts of how she felt about Oliver. the story was nice tho.
pineappletop92 More than 1 year ago
I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for a couple of years now and I was definitely thinking of the challenge I am participating in (Beat The Backlist) when I picked it up this past week. I’m not even sure what made me interested in it in the first place, other than the hopes of a possibly cute love story. And while there was some cuteness to the love story, the romance aspect definitely took second fiddle to the actual storyline about Hadley and her strained relationship with her father, who is marrying a woman she has never met. Initially, I immediately disliked Hadley as a character. She is very self-centered, stubborn, and a little insensitive and assuming of things. Yes, I get that her father up and left her mother and her after four months in another country and falling in love with another woman, but I think she went a little far when she said that no one else’s family drama was as bad as hers. I’m sorry, but wow could you be any more insensitive? She did grow over the course of the book to realize this, and she did end up making a bit more of an effort to talk to her father about how she felt about things, but it also felt like the transition in character growth was very quick and kind of flat. Then there was the romance with Oliver, whom she meets at the airport and spends a flight next to, and afterwards seems all so totally in love with him. Okay, yeah, there were some cute moments and some heated exchanges between them, but most of the conversations of importance on the plane ride were actually shown afterwards in little flashbacks, leaving me feeling like she was moving a little too fast with this guy at first. Of course, looking at the title of the novel, I kept having to remind myself that this is exactly what is supposed to be happening to her. But, again, the whole romance thing just seemed to fall into the background often as the storyline with her father took much more precedence. Also, Oliver as a character felt a little flat to me, with very little to him except being a love interest with a very tiny personal character arc that actually serves more to influence Hadley (and her relationship with her father) than it does to actually affect him. Overall, not really impressed with this story. The characters did nothing for me, the story itself was predictable, and the love story was unimpressive for something that’s supposed to be a romance. Even the father-daughter relationship issue felt unoriginal to me. The writing was decent, though, so I will give it that.
SCHSReader1 More than 1 year ago
In The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, a girl named Hadley is soon going to a wedding for her dad and soon-to-be stepmother. It takes place in London and on a plane. Hadley does not want to go at all but her mom told her that she should go. Hadley can’t forgive her dad for breaking the family and leaving them. Hadley has to hop on a plane by herself and fly to London for a wedding she doesn’t even want to go to. On the way, she meets a boy named Oliver at the airport. He carries her bags for her. They are sitting right next to each other, on the same flight, possibly starting to like each other. Just one night and yet they might never see each other again. They aren’t ready to say goodbye just yet at the airport but they have to depart. They end up going separate ways. Hadley barely makes it in time for the wedding. Hadley is sad at first, but later she is happy because she realizes how happy her dad is. Hadley really wants to see Oliver again so she goes to get him. She finds out that Oliver is at a funeral so they talk a little, but then she leaves because she doesn’t feel like she is welcome. Oliver comes as a surprise and meets her at Hadley’s dad’s reception and they dance the night away. I recommend this book to anyone who likes love stories with ups and downs or a good read. I think anyone who enjoys reading books would like this. It isn’t a very lengthy book and it is interesting. This book will make you smile and makes you really want to keep reading. It has a fantastic plot and It it is full of detail. I am sure you will enjoy it if you like romance books.
terferj More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I thought it was an alright book. A quick read. Here's my bullet points. Likes: *I thought it was pleasant way to met someone. I, for one, avoid all eye contact and wouldn’t ask a stranger to watch my luggage. lol. *I liked the awkward tender moments on the plane. *I really started to like it after they arrived in London. It was one weirdly sweet meet up after another. *I liked the cheesiness of it. Dislikes: *A little slow start for me. *The epiphany that her dad and step-mom aren’t the bad horrible people she thought they were (but with me, it’s a bad thing that they did. That’s something I could get over easily). I would have liked if she realized things with them gradually and not in a snap of your fingers time frame. *While I thought the characters were okay, I wasn’t invested with them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic on all levels and i have already recommended to all of my friends!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorites! Everyone needs to read this book, and will easily fall in love with the comical story line and Hadley.
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Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this book by accident. I was looking for a light young adult book to read - something different than my usual fantasy, scifi or dystopian reads - and this was one of the books that popped up on my searches. I thought it looked like what I was looking for so I would give it a go. I was not disappointed! At first glance this seems to be a young adult romance story. Something light and fun to zip through quickly. But it didn't take more than a few pages for me to realize that this book was much more than that. While there is a romantic storyline, Smith is dealing with much deeper issues in this novel: death, divorce, parents, life changes and the pain of moving on. I highly recommend this to any teen, particularly those in their senior years at high school. This is an amazingly well written coming of age story. A cross between Laurie Halse Anderson and John Green, Jennifer E. Smith is a talented writer. The characters and the storyline are anything but predictable and will keep you turning the pages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And it didn't disappoint!
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Not bad, but not very good or original. A little boring but a quick simple read if that's what you're looking for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is honestly one of the best books ive read so far...and ive read quite a bit. I really do recommend it. Ive read a couple of her other books and can i just say, they dont dissapoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it. Something you would read at the beach or lazy day.