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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  112,643 ratings  ·  10,412 reviews
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published January 2nd 2012 by Poppy/Little Brown
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Evyn It's kind of cheesy, kind of cliche, and kind of predictable. But it is, without a doubt, one of my favorite books ever. I think we all pick a certain…moreIt's kind of cheesy, kind of cliche, and kind of predictable. But it is, without a doubt, one of my favorite books ever. I think we all pick a certain take on romance that we make our own, and this is mine. Hope you enjoy(ed)!(less)
Sarah I recommend '13 Little Blue Envelopes' and its sequel!! The protagonist travels through europe on a scavenger hunt. Her recently dead aunt left her 13…moreI recommend '13 Little Blue Envelopes' and its sequel!! The protagonist travels through europe on a scavenger hunt. Her recently dead aunt left her 13 letters in which she tells her to go to places and do certain things. The first book isnt quite as well written as the sequel, read both! Theyre easy reads, entertaining, and not very predictable! There is also romance along the way but the stories purpose is not the romance, more about the protagonist. (less)
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Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who are looking to meet Anna and the French Kiss's boring stepsister
Honestly, for having a name like The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and a synopsis promising a British boy named Oliver, this book is pretty damn disappointing. Although it does deliver on the British boy front (who, frankly, really isn't even that great), it doesn't deliver much else.

SPLFS starts off with Hadley Sullivan missing her flight to London at JFK. Granted, Hadley would rather see her dentist than attend her father's wedding to a woman she's never even met, but her fath
This is my second book of the year and the second I read during a sleepless night. The similarity ends there, unfortunately. While Split kept me up because it was so good I just HAD to finish it, this one... well, it was only insomnia. And to think I was so eager to read it. See, I'm all for vanilla romance, it's light, relaxing and cute.
But this book did not even remotely relax me.

The premise is interesting. Hadley, on her way to London to attend her much dreaded father's wedding, misses her f
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing

I think I fell in love.. at first sight.. with this book.
I finished reading it with happy tears in my eyes. It made me sad, it made me happy, it made my heart race even though there wasn’t too much action, but the amount of emotions per page were definitely too many for my heart to handle them properly.

This book went from the ‘must read’ shelf to the ‘most beautiful romances’ shelf in a blink of an eye. I was caught up in this story without knowing – one moment (around midnight) I started re
Emily May

This was a super-short read - 215 pages of pretty large print - but it was fun, heart-warming and I managed to finish it within a couple of hours. I didn't quite take enough from it to give it 4 stars, but then it was far better than some of the books I've rated 3 stars in the past, hence the rating. I confess that I would not have read this book if the publishers had not provided a free copy for review, I rarely like romance books and need something else to support the novel, a mystery for e
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This books is so utterly FABULOUS! It’s one my favorite love stories and it happens in a mere twenty four hour period. Don’t worry about the instalove thing happening here. That’s something that I can’t stand and TSPoLaFS (did you like how I shortened the titles there, whew it’s a long one) does not have instalove. It has a progressive, genuine building of a relationship that is sweet and endearing.

Both characters are very relatable and I loved their scenes together. They just play off of each o
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, own
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Now this is what I call a plain ol' romantic love story that has everything you want and more. It's definitely perfect for this time of year when you can cuddle up near a fire and just let your heart be filled. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight will leave you breathless and just when you think you can't take any more sweetness, you find out the reason behind this mouthful of a title and you're swept off your feet y
Jun 21, 2011 rated it liked it
*3.5 stars*

it's cute, it's fluffy, and if you go into it expecting anything else...joke's on you! really. it's true that from the summary you think there're gonna be a few more swoony moments and a little less of family drama, but all the same, it's a great relaxing read i would recommend to fans of freshly-written contemps.

and of course, i have to add--it really helped that i imagined oliver as this:

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suh-woon or what?!
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was so cute and was the perfect thing to read to get out of my slump! I was a little reluctant to read it as I've heard many negative reviews, but I really enjoyed it! I even liked the fact that it wasn't solely focused on romance, and I am a romance-junky. There was also a sprinkling of London, which of course I loved. ...more
Aj the Ravenous Reader

"Is it better to have had a good thing and lost it, or never to have had it?"

That the entire story takes place in only 24 hours gives perfect sense to the story and of course, to the title. It really is a quick and easy read like watching a cute romantic movie although I strongly don’t think that this is a story about love, perhaps more of a story of new beginnings or second chances or maybe even fate. Yes, fate is the better term.^^

By reading this book, you'll learn a lot about airports sin
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was just an alright book. It had the potential to be super cute and adorable but ended up just being pretty meh.
I didn't really love that it was written in present tense - it made the narration voice feel super weird at different points - and I feel like the relationship didn't develop at all which isn't surprising since it's extremely short and the main characters are going through their own stuff that they have to deal with.
I did like, though, that both the characters had things they nee
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I read this book for the Unapologetic Romance Readers' New Years 2017 Reading Challenge. For more info about what this is, click here.

Given my hatred of insta-love, picking up a book that literally has the words "Love at First Sight" in the title was probably unwise. How could I resist, though? You were all losing your shit when this book came out, calling it romantic and cute and feel-good. As much as I enjoy darker romances, we all ne
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable and endearing book!!! I'm looking forward to the movie which is due to come out this year. ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
The statistical probability of an unbiased, uncynical person falling in love with this diabetic-inducing sweet and fluffy story is quite high!
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 24-winter-books

and it was

lol, I have no idea how to explain yet. It was a simple story really, sweet, the beginning of a bigger one for Hadley and Oliver; but there were so many little details and things that just made the story so great and complete. I'm smiling like a fool right now, I seriously can't wait to re-read it. It's such a beautiful book that every time I glance at it I just get a bigger smile, and I'm sure it's going to be that way for a long time.

Oliver and Hadley were perfect. Not in a
A very light read indeed. I skipped bits here and there and finished it in record time. This is a book you might take on holiday with you. I wouldn't! Do I now believe in love at first sight? Well...I always did anyway, but then I am a romantic. ...more
Sep 14, 2011 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
After all, it’s one thing to run away when someone’s chasing you. It’s entirely another to be running all alone.
As something of a sceptic (well, okay, a romantic trapped in the body of a realist masquerading as a cynic), the title alone was enough to tell me that this book would be fighting an uphill battle with me. While I like the quirk factor of the phrase ”The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight”, I’ll admit that there’s a part of me that reads that line and scoffs. Zero
The Fermentation Process of Mayonnaise .That would have been one of several other possible title versions for the young adult novel by Jennifer E. Smith. Its connection to the plot would have been only slightly less tangible than that of the ultimately chosen one. For both are simply examples of the fake summer research topics Yale University student Oliver wittily invents on the spot to impress the girl in the airplane seat next to his.

The big difference between the saucy title and the lovey-
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've been dying to get my hands on this book from the moment I read the blurb on it. It does not disappoint. This is such a sweet and heartbreaking story at the same time. The story is sweet, in the scenes with Oliver, and heartbreaking in the ones with Hadley's dad and family drama.

Hadley is flying from Connecticut to London to attend her father's wedding. She ends up missing her flight by four minutes and is bumped to the next one. This makes things very tight, because now she'll be landing a
3.5 stars

“Hadley presses her forehead against the window
of the taxi and once again finds herself smiling at the
thought of him. He’s like a song she can’t get out of her
head. Hard as she tries the melody of their meeting runs
through her mind on an endless loop each time as surprisingly
sweet as the last, like a lullaby like a hymn and she
doesn’t think she could ever get tired of hearing it”

The statistical probability of love at first sight was one of my highly anticipated books of the year and
Mandy K
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ya
So, this book is a little unbelievable, but so is the idea of love at first sight. And in spite of that, The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight manages to be a cute read. The story takes place over the course of 24 hours during 4th of July weekend, but I can see this being a Hallmark channel Christmas movie with lots of cheese and feels and fluff. I usually don't like insta-love, but this was really sweet and more like insta-maybe, insta-possibilities. Hadley and Oliver spend 3 hours ...more
Chelsey Connor
This book was so beautiful. Oliver was so kind to Hadley.
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, covers-i-love
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a story that takes place entirely over a 24 hour period. Hadley is flying to London to attend her fathers wedding and misses her original flight by 4 minutes ~ which means she meets cute British boy, Oliver, instead (and spends the red-eye with him).

Despite the cover and title of the book, the main tension driving the story is not the (fall in love in one day) love story, but the story of Hadley and her father, presented through flashbacks an
Me while reading this book:

Stage 1:

Read the first page and I was like "It's going to be really cute and adorable! Yes, this is exactly what I need!"

Stage 2:

Stage 3:

I don't understand the point of this book.

It basically has nothing new or interesting.

It's just another cliched story.

Believe me, I do enjoy contemporary novels or I used to. I get easily annoyed if the story line is very trite and cliched. I mean, what's the point in having a different title, a different cover and different cha

After reading Anna and the French Kiss I was on the lookout for another "cute" and "easy" read. Well, I'm glad to say I found it with this book! And even though it was nowhere near as good as Anna and the French Kiss, it still held my interest in all the ways that are important.

What was great about this book was how it pulled me in from the first page. It's not that anything particularly interesting was going on in chapter one, nothing like that, I just connected with the character's voice
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, is a cute, fluffy fast read. It's short, sweet, bitter - all lovingly packaged into one.

Hadley is headed to her fathers wedding, but when she misses her flight, she finds herself face to face with gangly, shy, sweet Oliver, who offers to help with her suitcase. At that moment, she feels a familiar flutter at the pit of her stomach. And when their lock eyes, for some reason, she doesn't like the thought of them going their separate ways. As they
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Aww! I loved it!

This is a young adult book. There isn't any "steamy" scenes in it. There isn't a lot of cursing or anything like that.

This book was just such a sweet, fun, and all around enjoyable read. I honestly didn't realize how quickly I was flipping through the pages.

So not only is it a sweet read, it's a quick one!
Natalie (Never trust a duck)
One of the best books I've read in a long time.

Everything came together like magic - the plot, the emotion (so real some of the sad parts choked me), the raw realness of it and especially the '24 hour' countdown per chapter. It was a book unlike any other with characters that will stay with me forever.

Hadley and Oliver. I swear, the way they's every girl's dream to meet a guy like Oliver (and did I mention he's British?!) on an airplane trip to London. To be seat buddies. To confide in
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wow that was cute. i sort of went into this with lower expectations based on the mixed reviews, but i really like the jennifer e. smith's writing and the way she conveys emotion. i dig it. i'll definitely be reading more of her books. ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
...and that's why Lisa reads the vanillas and I stick with urban fantasy. This is such a Lisa book. My books have guns and bombs and spells gone wrong. Not airports and divorced parents. Yawn.

EDIT: Okay, so in the end, this was SO not a Lisa book. See? What do I know? If you want to read a real Lisa book, read Catching Jordan, but first make sure to check out her amazing review HERE.
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Jennifer E. Smith is the author of eight books for young adults, including WINDFALL and THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her writing has been translated into 33 languages. ...more

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