Posted in Romance, YA

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – 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. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother 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 sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.


My Review

Love at first sight has always intrigued me. Can people actually fall in love with a glance to each other or is that just classified as lust?

Hadley is off to London for her dad’s second marriage to a woman who she has never met and will also be seeing her father for the first time in a year – minus telephone calls. She’s not exactly ecstatic to be going and would rather stay home than fly across the pond to be a bridesmaid.

4 minutes late for her flight and Hadley is stuck in JFK for another 3 hours, to wait for the next flight to London. As a claustrophobic, this is her idea of hell, being around people and in cramp spaces, but then she meets Oliver, a British boy studying in America and they begin to talk. More excitingly, he’s sat in her row on the plane.

After a long night on the plane, all different topics of conversation floating between the two, moments of sleeping on each other’s shoulder, fleeting looks, and Oliver keeping Hadley’s mind off being confined in a tiny space, the time has passed and it’s time to land and part ways after a perfect flight of being together.

As Hadley and Oliver are forced to go separate ways through customs, reaching the other side with the chaos of people everywhere, she waits for Oliver but she loses him and she has no more time to wait as she’s already going to be late for her Dad’s wedding. Will they ever meet again?

It’s set over a period of 24 hours, but my god, it seems so much longer, probably because so much is happening in this book and so many emotions are conveyed by all the characters. It really is a story with ups and downs, with a few tears included on some parts – from me of course.

It’s about family’s coming together again, a simple meeting turning into someone more for both Oliver and Hadley and both joy and sadness wrapped in both their stories.

It was such a nice little love story to read and especially as over the course of the book, Oliver hadn’t told Hadley what he was studying and researchng and he kept giving her false answers, but when you find out, you can’t help but laugh as its completely adapted into the story.

A totally fluffy love story that you wish would happen to you someday.


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