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


Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publication Date: 2nd January 2012 (Headline)
Pages: 215
Genre: Romance
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Waterstones| |Amazon UK|  |Book Depository|

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Imagine if she hadn’t forgotten the book. Or if there hadn’t been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn’t fumbled the coins for the toll. What if she’d run just that little bit faster and caught the flight she was supposed to be on. Would it have been something else – the weather over the Atlantic or a fault with the plane?

Hadley isn’t sure if she believes in destiny or fate but, on what is potentially the worst day of each of their lives, it’s the quirks of timing and chance events that mean Hadley meets Oliver…

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. [Goodreads]

I was looking for something short, fun and cute to allow my mind to drift elsewhere and this was definitely a great pick. I have read This Is What Happy Looks Like by the same author and I have to say that I preferred The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight far more! 

The book follows Hadley, who manages to miss her flight to London by 4 tiny minutes. Oliver, who she later meets, is also making his way to London. In the short span of 24 hours they build a friendship and share honest thoughts with one another, making the trip a little more bearable for both of them.

There is, of course, given from the title, the feeling of insta-love in this book. But this one totally worked! Even with the short time span, there was something about the pacing that was just right. There were moments of “oh, what a coincidence” but it didn’t bother me too much because I knew that the book is short and there needs to be a simple push forward.

The style of writing did hit me a bit and some of the narration and dialogue used also annoyed me. This is me getting really picky with what I read but since it’s about what us Brits say, I can’t help but have an opinion on it. Minor points really, firstly the whole “Brits” lingo, with the use of “grand.” No one says that here. Well, maybe people do but it is very rare and it popped up twice – which is apparently enough to make me annoyed by it. There was also another phrase that Oliver used whilst on the plane (unfortunately I didn’t note it down so can’t pinpoint the specific word). Then there was the kiss and the word ‘surprisingly.’ TWICE it happened! TWICE SURPRISED! That really did seem like an overused word. Or there was too much telling in it and not enough showing.

This book also reminded me of Maureen Johnson’s 13 Little Blue Envelopes, with the whole UK theme and travelling, and if you liked that book definitely pick this one up! 

My Rating:

I really liked it

4 cup


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