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
ISBN: 0316122386
Publication: January 12th 2012 by Poppy
Received: Bought on Kindle
Links: Goodreads
Rating: 3 out of 5

Short Blurb: Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

My Thoughts: I’m really not sure where to put this book. I bought it because of the fantastic reviews I had seen on other sites, the title and well because I was in need of a good contemporary.

I don’t know that I got that with this book. I’m not a huge fan of weddings and so when this book revolved around a wedding, it became a turn off. What kept me going through this book was the satirical prose of Jennifer E. Smith. As the other reviews pointed out, this book was written rather well and that was true. I liked how detailed every small moment was and how I could feel myself in a situation like this.

I would have preferred it if the book had stayed in the airport and on the plane to London. I think where Jennifer E. Smith took the plot after they departed the airport was a hit and miss situation. For me it was borderlining on cheesy romantic comedy. Also, there’s a danger factor here that I don’t think Jennifer vetted out. What teenage girl would go off on her own in a city she’s never been in to find a boy she only met on a plane hours ago? I commend Hadley for being able to find her way to the funeral but if that were one of my kids and they said they were going to go off on their own in a big city, you can bet I’d say no way.

Weirdest thing about this book is that it seems like every time the characters are together, they kiss. I didn’t mind it, it’s what the book was all about after all, but I still found that first and second kiss a little too much. The third one made sense.

All in all I enjoyed the characters, both Hadley and Oliver were down to earth, a little rough around the edges, compassionate and brave. The plot was simple but effective, the pacing was right on and the writing drew me in. I finished this book in less than five hours because it’s a short afternoon read.

I’d say pick it up if you’re a sucker for weddings and insta-love relationships.


Comments ( 1 )

  • Adriana says:

    The title and the cover instantly drew me in, but after reading your review, I think I'll pass. I can't stand lack of believability in plots, and you're right–no girl nowadays would just take off with a stranger in a new city. :-/

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