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


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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight


Pgs: 236

Genre: Young adult contemporary

Rating: 3.5


I had no idea before reading this book that I was in the mood for a quick, light young adult story. It's been awhile since I had read something like that, months in fact, so this came as quite the surprise when I ended up liking it. Going in, I wasn't entirely sure I'd want to actually read it-not because it's bad or anything-but because I've been in a weird almost-book-slump-slump and it's annoying. 

“Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world.”


This story follows our main character, Hadley, as she goes through the ups and downs of having divorced parents. She's trying to get to her father's wedding when she misses her flight, and at first it nothing but a nightmare-a welcomed one, almost. She doesn't care for this wedding and would rather skip it all-together, but thanks to the constant pushing from her mom, she's stuck waiting at the airport until the next flight to London is ready. This is where she runs into Oliver, a charming young man who is quick to make her worry less and maybe-possibly-develop a crush over. 

The Good:

I loved this story far more than I wouldn't have thought possible. I wasn't going in with high expectations, I never do with YA. It took 2 or 3 chapters before it really caught my attention, and after that, I couldn't set it down. I finish it in two hours (not a hard feat, considering it's short), but I haven't done that in so long, it felt good. 

“It's one thing to run away when someone's chasing you. It's entirely another to be running all alone.” 

Hadley is adorable. She's down to earth, and is realistic. She's a teenager who is devastated and confused over her parents divorcing, she's not happy about her dad re-marrying, and isn't sure how she feels about the boy who's wriggled his way on her radar. Sometimes when characters face real problems, it can get annoying. They'll go overboard and sound too whiny, bratty, and even selfish, but Hadley was real about it. I felt her pain and confusion, and had a need for her to learn what she needed to. 

Oliver is adorable. I love how chill and funny he is, especially helping Hadley with her claustrophobia during the long plane ride. He came off a bit mysterious and not forth coming, but it all made sense and I really liked that part about him. It was a short story, but we didn't learn everything up front. 

I love how short this story is and how it feels long at the same time. It was light and airy, but with a depth that kept me enthralled. It's hard to find those kinds of books, and maybe this isn't small compared to some peoples opinion but it was too me. 

“There’s always a gap between the burn and the sting of it, the pain and the realization.” 

The Bad:

To believe it or not (I'm still wowed) I have nothing bad to say about this. The writing was suburb, the characters were well written and thought out. It felt realistic with the situation Hadley was in. Still, I feel like something was missing, which is why it has 4 stars instead of 5. 

This really was a light, sweet read. If you're looking for something like that with some depth, you've found the right book. Let me know if you plan on reading it, or if you have, what did you think?

-The Avid Reader-