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

I'm going to guess the probability is 1,000,000 to 1.

Plot:
Hadley’s day is not going well. She’s on her way to London to be a bridesmaid in a wedding she wants to pretend isn’t even happening. It’s her father’s, and he’s marrying a woman she’s never met. And then her day gets worse: she misses her flight. By four minutes. While Hadley is waiting for the next flight to London, she meets Oliver, a strikingly handsome young man from England. As fate would have it, he happens to be sitting two seats over from her on the flight. Maybe the timing isn’t so bad after all… who knew four little minutes could change your life?

Characters:
Normally I have a hard time liking the characters in these types of stories. The girls are too girly, the guys are too dreamboaty, and all the extra characters are just dull, lifeless filler to build dramatic tension. But this one was different. I liked Hadley. I could sympathize with her, and any girl with daddy issues would be able to identify with Hadley’s anger towards her father and his impending wedding. Oliver was cute, too. Granted, he’s the stereotypical “perfect” guy (he’s cute, funny, and OMG BRITISH! BOYS WITH ACCENTS ARE ALWAYS DESIRABLE AND AWESOME!), but he’s not without his issues, which are revealed later in the story (no spoilers here, promise). To me, those little flaws/issues/drama/whatever you want to call it just make him even more likeable as a character. Oddly, I didn’t hate Hadley’s father, either. I was expecting Sir Douchebag to bless us with his presence, but he actually seemed pretty genuine and I appreciated that.

Extra Goodies:

  • BRITISH GUYS!  Have I mentioned the accents? (Yes, I am aware that when you read the book you can’t actually HEAR the accent, but I can pretend!)
  • The all-important valuable lesson comes through crystal clear. Would you choose family or the hot guy you spent a few hours with? Yea. I’d pick hot guy, too.
  • A conversation comprised entirely of Charles Dickens puns.  

Opinion:
Funnily enough, it wasn’t the romanticalness that I enjoyed the most… it was the tension between Hadley and her father. I’m no daddy’s girl, so I related to Hadley’s hard feelings. And, I’ll admit, at one point I shed a tear or two because some of the conversations hit a little close to home. But I digress. Hopeless romantics everywhere will lurve the budding friendship/relationship and growing tension between Hadley and Oliver, and all the ups and downs that lead us to the ending. My only gripe is that I thought there would be more focus on the romantic relationships. A decent portion of the story centered on Hadley dealing with her daddy drama, and that’s not what I was expecting with this book.

Jennifer E. Smith is a good author. She’s not a great author (yet), but she’s good. With a little more polishing and experience under her belt, she can (and probably will) be a great author. I read The Statistical Probability in one sitting, mainly because it was a quick, relatively easy read (which will be perfect for reluctant readers) and because it was very well paced and I was eager to see it to the end. I liked Smith’s writing and I’ll be excited to see what she can deliver in the future.  I wouldn’t mind a sequel or companion to The Statistical Probability (HINT! HINT!)

OFFICIAL RATING: 7/10

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