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Jennifer E. Smith
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Jan 2013

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Imagine if she hadn't forgotten the book. Or if there hadn't been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn't fumbled the coins for the toll. What if she'd run just that little bit faster and caught the flight she was supposed to be on. Would it have been something else - the weather over the Atlantic or a fault with the plane?

Hadley isn't sure if she believes in destiny or fate but, on what is potentially the worst day of each of their lives, it's the quirks of timing and chance events that mean Hadley meets Oliver...

Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy Books; Reprint edition (Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316122394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316122399
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,002,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I gulped down this book like a glass of ice-cold water on a scorching hot day. If you don't read this book in one sitting there may well be something wrong with you... An absolute treat! (Cat Clarke)

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a cracking read full of heart and humour. Hadley is a witty and charming protagonist and Smith's fantastic writing makes you believe that first love really can blossom in just 24 hours, even at 40,000 feet (The Bookseller)

I absolutely loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I read it in one sitting and when I finally put it down I was beaming and a bit tearful...A sweet, charming, romantic book, it's begging to be turned into a film (Keris Stainton)

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is sweet, tender and uplifting - everything you could want (The Bookette) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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In the tradition of great romantic films such as BEFORE SUNSET and BRIEF ENCOUNTER, readers will be captivated by this winning combination of warmth, humour, heartbreak and romance --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In my case, highly unlikely 20 Feb 2012
By O. Lisa
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 flight. Rescheduled for the next one three hours later, which will make her arrive barely on time, she meets Oliver, a British student at Yale, on his way to London for some other wedding. Sparks ensue. Will Hadley make it to the wedding? Will she see Oliver again?

At first, I thought that the problem I had with this book had to do with the narrative technique. The third-person limited didn't work well for me, I didn't get invested in the story that much. I couldn't connect to Hadley and even though there were some cute moments, the role I felt I was playing was just that of a polite observer. I guess I am a first-person type as far as these romantic stories are concerned, which makes total sense to me since it's not like the focal point is the world-building here but rather the characters and my involvement in the story.

But then, as the story developed, I realized that wasn't it - or rather, only marginally so.
What really disturbed me was my inability to like any of the main characters and the message they conveyed through their actions.

Let's start with Hadley's dad, a college professor. It's not spoilery if I tell you that he went to teach to Oxford for a semester, met someone else, dumped his wife and daughter and never came back.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that you will not forget about... 15 Mar 2012
By Sam
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is an entertaining and light read that anyone can enjoy. It covers issues like divorce, re-marrying, friendships, etc. All in all this book has it all. It might not be a paranormal romance, but who cares? This is a kick-ass book that will have you believing in fate and meeting your true love at an airport!

The characters were delightful, they were real and definitely realistic. Some authors make their characters TOO perfect. Everyone needs flaws, and that counts for the boys as well! Jennifer is not one of them authors. The girl wasn't perfect and neither was the boy, which I loved. I loved how the boy had crumbs down his shirt when the girl first saw him. I loved how the girl was unique in her own way. And damn, they are just perfect for each other.

Hadley is late for her plane, only 4 minutes. But those 4 minutes changed everything. If she hadn't missed her place she would have looked better at her father's wedding, she wouldn't have had to sit at the airport for an extra 3 hours. If she hadn't missed her plane, she wouldn't have met Oliver. Oliver, a charming British boy who studies at Yale. He has Hadley forgetting about her fears and ready to face the wedding that she has been dreading. I completely fell for Oliver's likable personality and easy smile. He is just so amazing. I wish a boy could be that funny, that nice and that stunning. He's like a light that burns too bright. He's not perfect, like I said, he has his flaws, but he just feels so real!

I got lost in the pages of this wonderful adventure. Who knew sitting on a plane for 6 hours could be so exciting? And fun? And who would have ever thought that you'd find your true love? On a plane of all places! Hadley was a great young girl to read about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really cute, quick and fun read 15 July 2014
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There is a lot more to this book than meets the eye. After reading many reviews on this book I was expecting it to be a cutesy and romantic love story, and while it is this, it is also so much more. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight follows Hadley and her travels to London to attend her Dad's wedding. When she misses her flight she meets Oliver and que the cutesy cheesy love story. But what I didn't expect was that the book deals with much more than just purely romance. Instead readers delve into a world where the characters are dealing with much more complex issues than just missing a flight by four minutes.

Hadley starts this book as being a love skeptic as she has been hurt by her parents seperation and in turn does not feel that marriage holds any value and love is not as true and final as people are lead to believe. So when Hadley was first introduced I could not help but feel a little sorry for her. But by the end of the book the character growth Hadley goes through is astronomical. After a long flight with ultimately a friendly stranger she goes from being closed off and skeptical to the Hadley that you are being shown before her parent's divorce. Which is just brilliant because how she gets there is so romantic and sweet that it just brought a smile to my face, as all fluffy contemporary stories do.

I have to admit that even the book was short in length I did have trouble getting into it because I did feel slightly that it dragged a little in the beginning, but that might just be because I am impatient when it comes to these stories and I just want the romance to begin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CUTENESS!
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith is so filled with sweetness and cuteness, I felt like I’d been munching on Easter Eggs whilst wrapped in the... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
i really liked this book. the whole book takes place in just one day but you still get attached to the characters. i really enjoyed reading this book.
Published 3 months ago by Rajany
4.0 out of 5 stars A riveting beautiful love story
What a beautifully written love story this book is. It had me riveted from the start and I read it in just two sittings. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars good title
An easy, predictable read. I would recommend it to young teenagers but it's a bit too bland for adults, not worth the money I paid for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CUTE!!!
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