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Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

When I answered the QOTW this week, I totally forgot about one of my other favorite books set partially in London - The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Here's a review of that lovely book.

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Pages: 236
Publisher: Poppy
ISBN: 9780316122382
Publication Date: January 2, 2012
AR Levels: Interest Level: 9th-12th, Book Level: 6.1, Points: 8.0

In a nutshell: Hadley Sullivan is less than thrilled about having to fly to London for her father's wedding to her new stepmom, whom she hasn't even met, and to make matters worse, she's four minutes late for her flight and is bumped to the next one which will barely get her there in time for the wedding. Fortunately for Hadley, those missed four minutes will end up changing her life because if she hadn't missed her flight, she never would have met swoon-worthy, adorkable Brit boy Oliver, who's traveling home to London for an equally difficult family affair. If you've ever thought there was something terribly romantic about airports and secretly wished you'd meet the love of your life on a routine flight, this is the book for you.

I'd recommend it for grades: 8 to 12+ (This may be a romance, but it gets pretty deep/philosophical about life in general too, and some younger middle schoolers may just find that boring. Some may love it though!)

I'd recommend it for: fans of sweet non-sappy romances, people who like to travel, and fans of Stephanie Perkins' books (Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door) and the movies Serendipity and When Harry Met Sally.

What I liked most about this book: The characters are so realistic and multifaceted. It's incredible how quickly you fall in love with them yourself as the reader. This book also has some really laugh-out-loud funny parts too! Plus, it occurs over a 24-hour period, so it almost feels like it's real time and that you're right there in the thick of the action. Finally, the language and writing style are GORGEOUS!

Single favorite moment (without getting spoiler-y): Oh, I can't pick! Anything and everything they talk about on the plane is fabulously Nora-Ephron-like and wonderful. Please, please, please make this into a movie! Too bad Nora herself can't do it.

Star rating (where 5 stars is awesome and 0 stars is atrocious): 5 stars


  1. Nice review! Here's mine if you don't mind: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-statistical-probability-of-love-at.html

    They're turning this one into a movie. I'm so excited!

    Thanks and have a nice day! :)

  2. Thanks, Loraine! I'll check out yours too. I hadn't realized they were making it into a movie. That is exciting! Hope you have a great week, and thanks again for stopping by our blog!