The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 144 x 23 x 224mm | 352g
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0755392175
  • 9780755392179
  • 180,540

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'I gulped down this book like a glass of ice-cold water on a scorching hot day. If you don't read this book in one sitting there may well be something wrong with you... An absolute treat!' -- Cat Clarke 'The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a cracking read full of heart and humour. Hadley is a witty and charming protagonist and Smith's fantastic writing makes you believe that first love really can blossom in just 24 hours, even at 40,000 feet' -- The Bookseller 'I absolutely loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I read it in one sitting and when I finally put it down I was beaming and a bit tearful...A sweet, charming, romantic book, it's begging to be turned into a film' -- Keris Stainton 'The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is sweet, tender and uplifting - everything you could want' -- The Bookette
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About Jennifer E. Smith

Jennifer E. Smith grew up outside of Chicago and graduated from Colgate University. She earned her master's in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently lives in New York City. Smith is an editor at Random House, and she previously worked at ICM.
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4 33% (37,956)
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2 8% (9,132)
1 3% (3,420)

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Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. ( Before starting this book, I had a lot of trouble getting into a book and finishing it. I think I started about five books and never finished them. I was in a serious reading slump. But as soon as I saw this at the library, I grabbed it and new I'd be reading it when I got home. I started it, fell in love, and finished it. And voila, I'm nearly done with another book now! I'd heard a lot of great things about this book for months and I'd been dying to read it. I'm glad I was FINALLY able to. It's short, but so much happens! It's definitely a VERY enjoyable quick read. If you get into a reading rut, pick up this contemporary and it will most likely snap you out of it. This book takes place within a span of 24 hours. Girl misses plane, has to wait for another flight, meets boy. They stay up nearly the whole LONG plane ride and talk. They start falling for each other. VIOLA! =D Yes, most of the time I hate insta-love, but this wasn't the case. Yes, they start falling for each other very quickly. But you'll just have to read it to understand how amazing this "love at first sight" is. It works. It's VERY romantic. They talk, have REAL conversations. I guess there is something about knowing that you will most likely never see a person again so you think it's fine to let them in. Something comforting sometimes about it, if that makes sense. Hadley and Oliver work so well together, I loved their scenes together. They were so different at times, but at the same time it was like they were the same person. They got each other. When I first read the summary for this book, I admit, I though it sounded "fluffy and cute". It is cute, and fun, but also there were a lot of moments that were serious and sad. Overall, there isn't much I can really say about this book. When I think about it, I smile. Everything was great, I don't think I can really complain about it, other than the fact that I want MORE. Though it worked SO well with how short it was. If you're looking for a great quick read to get you out of your slump, read it. Or if you just want to, READ IT. You won't regret it. =) I will definitely be buying and re-reading this in the more
by Amanda
Hadley Sullivan wished she hadn't done a few things that had gotten her to her current state of one missed flight in an over crowded airport. Hadley's four minutes late for her flight to London for her Dads wedding and she wished she didn't care but she does (somewhat). She manages to get a ticket to a later flight but now, she has to wait in an extremely crowded airport that immediately triggers her claustrophobia. But then, a handsome, clever British boy helps her through it by distracting her completely from it with his nonsense talk about clouds and ducks. Hadley and Oliver are an absolute treat to read about. They keep your hands busy with turning pages, while you catch up with their breezy, funny conversations about everything and anything. I found them extremely cute together. He was exactly what she needed to keep her grounded. They're perfect. Hadley and her dad have a complex relationship. Especially, now that he's marrying another woman she has never met. She feels a whole mix feelings towards him and watching their relationship grow and fall and grow again just adds value to the entire book. It gives the book a stern pillar for the rest of the book to unfold. Smith's writing style is extremely clean, light and very flowy. Its been a complete treat reading each page. Instantly, Smith has me in her net of fans. I can't wait to read more from her. I haven't felt like this about a book in a long time. Its something about how the characters are so real and heart-warming that really grabs you into the story. The book made me smile and cry all at the same time. It was sweet, romantic, and sad all together. To sum it all up, I adore this book. Its the kind that will make you feel to the point where you're an emotional mush (If that makes sense). This being my first Jennifer Smith book. I'm impressed and simply love her writing style and characters. This is definitely an unputdownable book that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy more
by Najla Qamber
I'll start by saying this quote from Sea by Heidi Kling: I wanted to tell him that you can meet someone and they can change your life forever, even if you have only known him for a short while... That quote was exactly what was manifested in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. But when Hadley met Oliver, she wasn't really thinking about that. She was thinking that it was all because of the flight. Midair, people meet people, share stories with them and maybe even share a few secrets with them. But upon landing, they just wave goodbye and walk away forever. Somehow, that was what happened to Hadley and Oliver. They met at the airport, left the airport and went their separate ways. It should've stayed that way for them, like for most people, but in 24 hours time, they managed to develop a connection that was sudden, startling and life-changing. Hadley went to the airport with annoyance, dread and unwillingness building up inside of her. Her father was going to get married to a British woman she's never even met, the same British woman that caused her parents' divorce. She was one of the bridesmaids. I love Hadley's character. She was honest but considerate and unsure in so many ways but determined. She seemed so real. This girl could be me if I were in that position. For this, it was very easy to like her and to feel for her. Oliver was an English gentleman. Tall, lanky, handsome with good humor, he was absolutely adorable. Throughout the time he spent with Hadley while waiting for their flight and during the flight, he was pleasing, entertaining and amusing. He was the kind of guy that makes a good impression and that is hard to forget. But I could sense that there was something dark about him, like something was weighing down on his shoulders, occasionally making him hunched, distant and silent. In London, Hadley went through the motions of preparing for the wedding. She met Charlotte, the British woman who captured her Dad's heart. There, she realized the truth about her Dad's new phase, the changes in her own life and Oliver. The novel was a grand mixture of musings and flashbacks that brought me closer and closer to Hadley. The flashbacks were vivid and painted with emotion. They were honest and real from the memory of a child. It helped me in connecting the dots and seeing the bigger picture. The writing was breathtaking. I loved it! I loved how the author transformed that most mundane thing into something beautiful and how she injected little bits of realizations about daily life into the novel. It was like looking at life through a different pair of eyes. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is an extraordinary contemporary romance born from an extraordinary circumstance. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is brimming with humor, curiosity, love, changes and regrets that will fly readers to the world of possibility, fresh starts and second chances. I highly recommend this to readers of contemporary romance!show more
by Precious
I expected a lot from this book, since I'd heard it compared to Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (which is AMAZING). It was well written and thoughtful and well paced. It was a solid Victoria sponge, but it wasn't lemon cake. It wasn't sharp and spunky and bowl me over delicious. It was good though, good enough that I read it in a single day. I think I would have been more attracted to the story if I had ever had similar parental problems to the main characters, or if I was American. I liked her writing style though and the character's motivations were well explained, so the story was easy to follow and felt 'authentic' throughout. What I really enjoyed were the protagonist's flashbacks - Hadley's memories always come at just the right moments to bring a touch of sentimentality and clarity to the novel. Ms Smith makes her main character likeable - the friendly blonde - and Ollie was an interesting character too. Obviously, there's much that isn't explored here (their age differences, for one), but for a twenty-four hour romance a surprising amount of interaction and information crowds the storyline. The romance wasn't fireworks, fizz bam, but a slower beast that grew over the course of the novel. If you're looking for a slow paced YA romance, with a side salad of parental angst and a smudge of trans-continental travel, this is the book for you! - Annieshow more
by Annette Shaw
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