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

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. 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.

Okay, firstly, title – big win. I remember seeing this at a bookstore (or possibly online, I don’t recall specifically) before I got the review copy and noting down the title as something I had to read.

And then, on like the last page, when the title of the book is actually said, I was all HOORAY because if you follow the lead-up to that, it’s pretty great.

24-hour period novels seem to be getting bigger and bigger lately, and I think this one nicely slots in with the others.

As well as the time physically moving forward deeper into the 24-hours, it moves between Hadley’s memories and the present, thus making sure the reader is never bored.

(Speaking of Hadley: interesting choice in name. I haven’t heard of it before, and therefore kept calling her Hailey in my mind :P)

I liked the major crazy thing that Hadley did, basically because I could see myself doing the same thing.

Something that struck me, though, was the point of view. It was odd: I couldn’t put my finger on it, but at times it was really jarring and hard to read. I couldn’t figure out why though. It was third person, at times limited, other times omniscient. It was just weird.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was a quick, easy read – but not easy as in fluff reading, just something that you could appreciate and move along with easily. It was a fun novel, a great concept, and parts of me wish it was longer than what it was because I want to see more of the past and the future.

But a larger part of me appreciates the magic that is something shoved into 24-hours.

It’s out now.

For more information,
Hachette Australia

2 thoughts on “Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

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  2. love your review!
    this sounds like a really good one, and i love when authors use the title in part of the book. i think i’d really like this.

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