Standalone Sunday | The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight


Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @ bookslayerReads that features a standalone novel that you loved or would recommend. Be sure to check out her blog and original post by clicking on the above link! 😊

10798416.jpgWho 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.

– Goodreads Synopsis (x)

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is literally a book that questions if fate is real, how likely you are to meet someone again, and above all else if love at first sight exists. It’s also set over a twenty-four hour period. Sound a bit instalovey? It never felt that way once to me. I’m not big on the trope but the way in which this book was done never broached the cliches of the trope because the character’s never professed their undying love for each other. It was more the development of an attraction in a very cute and unique way.

Hadley and Oliver both meet by coincidence (or is it fate) when Hadley misses her flight to London. He offers to watch her luggage but instead they end up walking together and talking a lot. Somewhere along the way they end up separated again only to find themselves seated together on the plane. They spend the majority of the flight, again, talking. It’s been a while since I read it but I remember their interactions throughout this being so cute. I couldn’t get over it! At the airport in London, Hadley loses track of Oliver and feels sad about it because in a way between the flight and before that they had become friends. She realizes she doesn’t even know his last name, however, and that there’s a big chance she’ll never see him again. Given the fact that she’s rushing to her father’s wedding she kind of puts it to the back of her mind after a while. Does she see Oliver again though? In a city so big is there possibility for them to stumble upon each other again? You’ll have to read to find out.

I love how the author played on fate and the question of love at first sight. And although the book was set in such a short span of time it felt like it was longer, which I attribute to fantastic characters and the author’s writing. There’s great character development in this book. Not as fine tuned as a longer one would be but perfect for what it was. It’s just an all around cute, fluffy, quick read for anyone who needs a pick me up. I highly recommend it! 

Also, it’s being made into a movie and I heard that Robert Sheehan is playing Oliver. You have no idea how excited I am for that because I love this book and Robert is one of my favorite actors. 😍


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29 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday | The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

    • Yep! I heard about it a while back. Last year, I think. I’m not sure when it’s supposed to be released but they have both of the main characters casted.
      I haven’t yet but I really want to. I need to add her books to list of contemporaries I want to get to next year. 😊

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  1. This sounds so CUTE! I love premises like this 😀 I don’t read many contemporaries but this one sounds like the perfect little fluffy read for when I’m in a good mood. Thanks for the recommendation, Melissa! ❤

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  2. OMG, that’s such exciting news about it being made into a movie! I remember loving this book when I read it a few years ago, especially the fact that it’s set in only 24 hours. Great review! 🙂


  3. This sounds like an amazing book Melissa, and definitely one I am adding to my to-read list right this second as well! I feel like I’ve seen this book around before, I had no clue it was becoming a movie though but now I need to read it before the film is released (Robert Sheehan is one of my favourite actors too!)
    I’m also glad to hear this isn’t an insta-love book, it’s always a worry with two characters in a YA contemporary book, especially one that’s set in such a short amount of time as well. I’m not a massive fan of insta-love; though I have read some books that did it really well for the most part it’s a trope I avoid.
    Great pick Melissa, I can’t wait to get started on this book, I hope I enjoy it as much as you have! 😀

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    • It really is a great book. Especially for when you’re look for something really light and cute to read. The film is still in development, I think. At least according to IMBD. I know both of the main characters were cast forever ago but beyond that I haven’t seen much. So, hopefully they have news on it soon!
      YAY! Someone else who loves Robert Sheehan. Thinking about him has me wanting to finally finish Misfits along with rewatching what I have seen. I start that show years ago but never got around to finishing it. 😂
      Definitely not. I think if done differently it could have fallen into the instalove category but the author handled it so well that it never felt that way.
      Thanks, Beth! I really do hope you enjoy it whenever you do read it. 😊

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      • I think at some point when I am looking for something light and fluffy again this will be the first book I reach for. Hopefully there will be news, it’s always horrible waiting for news on a developing film if it’s one you’re looking forwards too.
        Oh I loved Misfits. I got into that series kind of late but it was an amazing one. I liked Nathan but I think Simon was my favourite character. Forever not over what happened to him and Alisha! 😦
        That’s good to hear, in certain circumstances insta-love can work well but it’s a hard thing to write and pull off I think.
        That’s all right! ❤ I hope so too. 😀

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      • Well I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it when you do. 😊
        It really is! I think it’s been in development for a while but I’m still hopeful.
        I got into it kind of late too and didn’t finish it but what I did see I loved so much. I need to see if Amazon has it so I can finish it. I adored Simon. I don’t remember much beyond the first season though.
        It definitely is. But I do love when an author can take a trope I don’t like and make their book an exception haha. 😊

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      • Hopefully there’ll be some new news someday, and I guess if it’s in development and there’s already cast members then it’s a promising start. I guess some movies take longer to come to something than others do. 🙂
        It’s a great series but after season three some of the original members started leaving and I just don’t think the show was the same. I still haven’t watched the fifth season myself and I don’t know if I will at this point.

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      • Yeah, I remember seeing stuff about that when I first started watching. I think that might have been why I never continued it. I didn’t want to see any of my favorites leave lol. I might just be ready to finish it now. Although, I started this Norwegian (I think) show yesterday after having seen it on Instagram. It’s really good! It sort of reminds me of Skins, in a way. It’s called Skam. 😊

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      • It was never the same after Nathan left (Robert Sheehan’s character) and then after season four they lost everyone but Curtis (can’t remember the actor who played him) and it was too different comparing season five to season one, and not in a good way.
        I’ve actually heard of Skam, it seems to be all over Tumblr at the moment which is admittedly how I find most of my shows. Maybe I should check that out too if you say it’s good! 🙂

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      • I heard about Robert’s character but not all of the others. That sucks! It’s kind of like with Glee how they brought in new characters twice and whereas it worked the first time for me during the last season I just didn’t connect with any of the new characters. Though the familiar faces from past seasons helped.
        It really is! I’m already on season three and dreading having to wait for four once I finish it. 😂

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      • Yeah Robert’s character left after season three. Then Simon, Alisha and Kelly (can’t remember all the actors names) left after season four. Curtis was the only one who stayed until the end but it just felt like a completely different show you know?
        In that case it’s on my to-watch list for next year! 😀

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  4. Ooooh, for an insta-love-hater, this book sounds promising! I believe that instant connection and attraction exist, but it feels very sketchy to me when a character starts professing their love to someone they had just literally met. Like, it just doesn’t sit so well!

    I’ve read only one of Smith’s books, Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between, and unfortunately didn’t like it, but I hope I’d like this one if/when I get the chance to check it out. It sounds cute. 🙂

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    • It’s really good. Especially if you’re in the mood for a book that’s pretty much fluff haha.
      I feel the same way. I believe in a connection or attraction but characters who just met suddenly being in love. Nope. I was glad this book didn’t do that because it wouldn’t have been as good.
      I haven’t read any of her other books, yet, but that sucks about not liking that one. I do hope you give this one a chance one day and that it works out better than the other one you read by her. 😊♥


  5. This book sounds so interesting & cute to read. I like that time pressure to find love. I will definitely have to look up this book. Thanks for the recommendation Melissa! I can’t wait to read!

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  6. I loved this book! It was very cute and light, and the ending is great! I’ve also read This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith and was pleased. Her covers are also so adorable 🙂

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