Friday, April 20, 2012

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Night - Jennifer E. Smith

Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown
Release Date: January 2, 2012
Pages: 236
Read in: 1 day

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that 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 in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

A Teenager's Perspective:

Ah, Love. It's a tricky concept, isn't it? No one can truly explain what it is to be in love, because if you are, you'll know it. One thing anyone who's been in love can explain are the things love makes you do. Those stupid, embarrassing moments, that you wish to erase, but just don't seem to have an eraser that's large enough. That moment when you snort while laughing, or trip over your own feet (trying to get a better look at those amazing eyes ...), or maybe when you attempt that one cliché, that looked so easy in the movie you watched.

The point is, that these moments are the moments that define a hugely complex idea that even science can't explain. However, Jennifer E. Smith, does an amazing job portraying all these feelings and moments in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. This book, was a work of perfection, and we WILL all do a Book Chat on it, once we can form our thoughts into words.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight begins with our damsel in distress, Hadley. Practically forced against her will, she is going to London for her dad's and her stepmother's wedding. Hadley is constantly on edge, but while she tries to be happy for her father; she still blames him for tearing apart their family. To make matters worse, she misses her first plane ride, and has to settle for the next plane ride. On this plane , she meets a cute, helpful, english guy; that ultimately becomes her new "best friend," in a matter of two hours. As Hadley takes one of the best plane rides of her life, she'll learn what it means to love, forgive, and maybe even forget.

"One of the best Chick-Lits we've ever read!" is something we might use to describe The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. We laughed, hugged, teared-a-bit, and got all-tingly inside. This is usually the mission of all Chick-Lits, however, not all authors are able to accomplish this. Fortunately, for Jennifer Smith, she was able to achieve this goal with a precise, detail-by-detail description. Every awkward stare, or awkward touch, or mouth/eye twitch, had us rolling around with laughter, and asking ourselves "What is WRONG with them?!"

In contrast to other Chick-lit novels we've read, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight ACTUALLY DID MAKE US LAUGH. Not an "lol," that made our lips twitch upward, but a sincere, and wholey laugh. And if an author can make you laugh, then they might as well tattoo, "Best Author of 2012" on their forehead. How about you guys, what did you think of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight?



  1. of-course love is so weird .. and yet fascinating .. whatnot .. no words!!

    The title of the book is quite cool in-itself !!

    thanks for visiting my blog!!
    Another Author

  2. YAAAY collaborative blogs!! Following you back from Book Blogs! Thanks for following us :)
    Great review by the way. I keep seeing this one at the library and I'm in the mood for some light hearted fun.
    Happy Reading!
    -Zhanna @ A Match Made in YA Fiction

  3. Abhishek : Yes, love is confusing lol. Trying to explain it, is the most difficult thing in the world (: We thought the title was cool too. Thank you, and no problem.

    Zhanna: Lol, right? Yay, friends! No problem, we loved your blog! Thank you. Yes, read it! It's a quick, and easy ready. We finished it in 1 day, and we thought it was a really cute book.

    Happy Reading!
    -Anastasia, Demitra, & Persephone

  4. I've been wanting to read this book because I ALWAYS fall in love at first sight :-)

  5. Reaaaally want to read this! Plus, being British, I'm uber excited about this "cute, helpful English guy" ;)