The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

 Summary from Goodreads:

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 airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

Don’t you think that book cover’s kind of cute? I love the font style above all. Although I am not a huge fan of book covers, there are covers that still pique my interest and, coupled with the blurbs and reviews on Goodreads, I may read the book based on such criteria alone. Yes, I am not a very picky reader. 😉

If I have not seen the cover or have not seen the reviews and ratings on my Goodreads feed, I might not have read this book. The title does not really interest me because it speaks about two things I don’t have any particular liking at all: 1) mathematics (statistics? probability? no, thanks), and 2) love at first sight (why I don’t like this I have already expressed in a previous post).

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a story about seventeen year-old Hadley who is going to London to attend the wedding of her father to a woman she has never even met. She misses her flight by four minutes so she has to take wait for the next flight, and in the process, meets supposedly swoon-worthy Oliver and, by chance (or luck?) has to sit beside him during the entire flight from the US to London.

Okay, so based on that short summary, we already have a pretty good idea what is going to happen next because the plot is very predictable. Hadley and Oliver are supposed to fall in love and live happily ever after. The “fall in love” part is easy to detect, but the “happily ever after”, I will just leave alone for speculation.

The story is told in Hadley’s perspective and there is a lot of flashback. This is understandable because the flashbacks are necessary to stretch the story as the actual/main event takes place only in 24 hours. There is nothing new to this kind of story-telling and there are really no instances that caught me off-guard or gave me a “whoa!” moment. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a cute story, all right, but it is also very predictable.

What strikes me the most about the story is not the romance aspect but the relationship of Hadley with her father. I love how their relationship centers on books and how they try to strengthen their ties despite the misunderstandings, the differences, the distance. There are no loose ends, the finale is just right, you feel good about the ending, you close the book and no longer think about it afterwards.


2 stars.

My copy: ebook


  1. Yes, this was a tad predictable. And no big moments to speak of. And I also have the tendency to huff and puff at the so called “love at first sight.” But sometimes I do find the idea of having long, and somewhat meaningful, conversations with a stranger (who happens to also be good looking) from the airport, quite romantic. Hihi.

    And yes, I loved the relationship of Hadley and her father. It was a complex and from which issued most of the heart warming moments in the story. But you know, I lately find myself straying away from romantic contemporary YAs because it makes me feel ancient. Haha! Maybe I’ll get the groove back for this genre someday.

    1. LOL to the “feel ancient” comment. :)) Yes, I’m wary with YA romance reads too. I have learned to do this after I read Anna and the French Kiss haha. As to love at first sight, I am not a big fan of such either. Maybe like at first sight? But not love. 😉

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