Hey everyone this is Meghan from Coffee & Wizards. Today I’d like to talk to you about this book: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. The Statistical Probability of Love at First is about a young girl who is off to London, England to go to her father’s second wedding. She has yet to meet the bride and she’s still seriously pissed off at her father for leaving not only her mother but for leaving her. And whether by fate or on purpose she misses her flight by four minutes. Because of this, she’s forced to catch another flight. On that flight the girl, Hadley, meets Oliver who is also on his way to London, England for a family gathering of his own, and they have a little flirt connection thing. It is probably one of my favourite contemporaries out there up there with Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and Purity by Jackson Pearce.
The plot was a lot more engrossing than I was expecting it to be. Generally, you read a love story and you’re like, “Yeah, yeah this is super cute.” And then you can close it, and you can go do something else. Not so much with The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. About halfway through the book I found that there was no way in hell I was going to put it down.
The great thing about this book is that there are layers to the characters. So Hadley and Oliver both have their own side stories and things that are going on. For Hadley it’s her stuff with her father, and you get a great conflict there and a great story arc with that.
I want to take a second to talk about how perfect the title is because love at first sight is not only a thing that is shown through Hadley and Oliver’s interaction, but there are two other cases of love at first sight that play a huge role in the book, and I think that as much as the main story is about Hadley and Oliver, Smith does a really good job of balancing that out with a couple other story lines and showing that love isn’t just for teenagers. Just because you don’t fall in love at first sight at an airport when you’re sixteen doesn’t mean it’s not ever going to happen somewhere else.
The dialogue between Oliver and Hadley actually reminds me quite a bit of Anna and Étienne from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I super, super love when characters can banter in really comfortable and intelligent ways because I can’t do it myself.
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“I hope that the other contemporary read I read this year are just as engaging, excellent, multilayered and swoony of a read…” – April @ Good Books and Good Wine
“Smart, funny, clever, romantic.” – Christa @ Hooked on Books
“My only complaint? That the book had to end.” – Jen @ Almost Grown-Up
“Everyone should definitely read THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!” – Alexa Loves Books
“GO FIGURE that the one book that’s actually BASED on insta-love manages to make love at first sight seem genuine, real, meaningful, sweet, and perfectly swoony.” – Amy @ Tripping Over Books
“I laughed, I cried and I fell in love many many times over the course of this novel.” – Angel @ Mermaid Visions
“…this book will make you feel all warm and fuzzy and happy inside.” – Lisa is Busy Nerding