Book Mini-Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
“He’s like a song that she can’t get out of her head. Hard as she tries, the melody of their meeting runs through her mind on an endless loop, each time as surprisingly sweet as the last, like a lullaby, like a hymn, and she doesn’t think she could ever get tired of hearing it.”
I have long been a fan of Jennifer E. Smith’s young adult novels, especially Windfall. I absolutely adored that book. I have had The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight on my Kindle for a while, and since I’m trying to be better about reading books I already own, I picked it up and finished it in one sitting on Sunday. It was such a cute premise, and I enjoyed every second of the book. Hadley has missed her flight to London for her dad’s wedding to a British woman she’s never met, and she has no interest in even attending this wedding. She’s very much still hurting from her parents’ divorce, but things start to look up when she meets Oliver, a super cute British boy who ends up sitting next to her on their flight. They spend the flight talking and getting to know each other, and don’t want to leave each other once they get to customs.
This whole book happens in just a little more than 24 hours, but heavens, does it pack a punch. Hadley and Oliver’s chemistry is so wonderful, and I loved how two strangers came to find out so much about themselves in such a short amount of time. Hadley and Oliver spend the flight talking, but once they get to the customs line, Hadley has to go through the US line, while Oliver has to go through the EU line. And once Hadley gets through, she has to rush to make it to her father’s wedding. I don’t want to give too much away, but Hadley and Oliver do meet up again in unexpected circumstances.
Hadley and Oliver both are going through some family things; Hadley is still very bitter about her father taking a job in England and then subsequently leaving her mom. Oliver doesn’t say much regarding his family situation, but points out that he is not a big fan of his dad either right now. I have never been on a flight and had a truly interesting conversation with the person next to me (or shared this much of my life with a stranger), but I do love this trope, especially in a young adult novel. Hadley and Oliver are delightful, Oliver with his swooniness, and Hadley with all her insecurities and anxiety. But that’s what I love about Jennifer E. Smith’s novels; she writes such compelling, complex teenage characters whom you can’t help but root for.
If you are looking for a fun and quick read, give The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight a try. Really you can’t go wrong with any of Jennifer E. Smith’s books, but this one was truly fun. I give it 4 stars.
What other fun and quick young adult novels do you recommend?