Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Edition: Headline eBook
Released: January 2nd 2012
Series: No (standalone)
Pages: n/a

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.

When I first came across this book, I barely batted an eyelash. To me it was simply a contemporary. Nothing more, nothing less. Not a very interesting genre I would usually read. But then all the great reviews started turning up around the blogosphere and I just knew I had to check it out for myself. Lo and behold, I loved it!

I was mostly intrigued about the 24 hour time period for some reason and I'm glad to report back that I really did enjoy this aspect of it. I thought that it might seem a bit rushed but I actually enjoyed the pace. Not slow but not fast either. Something well-balanced in between. We still got to know the characters really well and the storyline didn't disappoint.

The romance between Hadley and Oliver was so sweet and cute. Seriously. So cute! It was definitely what they both needed considering all the stress they both had in their lives. It didn't really feel like an insta-love. Instead (and this might sound strange) it just felt right. Like they were destined to be together in some way. They just fit each other that well!

Hadley was a really great main character and even though the story is told through third person, I still felt like she was the real narrator. True, I was a little skeptical about it not being in first person at first but I settled into it really quickly and I couldn't stop turning the pages afterwards! Anyway, back to Hadley. She was quite a strong, stubborn character and I adored her right from the word go. Oliver also. He was the perfect english gentleman. So sweet and so kind! The part of the book where Hadley was with her dad and not Oliver, I couldn't help myself, I missed him terribly!

Overall, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was a great read and I don't really have any faults. The storyline was good. The characters were good. The writing style was good. Everything was good! Better, even! For some reason, all I've wanted to do since I finished reading this, is get my hands on more contemporary romances! Yup, can you believe it? TSPOLAFS has changed me into a contemporary fanatic!

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

PS: Any recommendations for contemporary romances? ;)


  1. I'm so glad you enjoy it! I have this on my kindle and I really must read it soon! I love contemporary romance! Lol! A few I would suggest would be if you tried Sarah Dessen's books and a book called Loving Summer! :)

  2. There's been so many bad reviews on goodreads I was put off of reading this, but reading your review, it sounds awesome :D

    Definatley have to read it!

  3. This was such an awesome book, I loved ! Oliver was just ASDFGHJKL.<333
    I was just let down by the end. ):

    Amazing review, Rachel.(:

  4. I'm so glad it's turned you into a contemp fan, Rachel!!! I agree with a lot of what you said in your review: the pace was perfect and the romance felt right despite being very similar to 'insta-love'. I was sceptical too at first that it wasn't in first person but I'm glad the narrative worked in the end!

    Fabby review, Rachel <3

  5. I bought this one a while ago, and finally will read it next week (going camping & taking a pile of books...yay!). Glad to hear you liked it! I love contemp, although I'm not really a romance fan. I usually steer clear of the obviously romantic storylines, but this one appealed to me. :)

  6. Thanks for the amazing review!! :) I'm so glad you enjoyed this book! :) I recommend The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg, it was a really awesome, cute, funny read! ;)

    I loved all the characters in this book- especially Oliver!! ;)

    Thanks for the brilliant review!! :)
    Beth xx

  7. I loved this book! And I really like the UK cover. Jennifer Echols is an amazing contemp author. You should check out her books!

  8. I've been wanting to read this for ages, but now I'm definitely going to get this ASAP! I've never seen this version of the cover before, it's so nice XD thanks for posting this great review :)


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