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Casting Call [4] – The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Welcome to the very first ever edition of Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.

First up this week, we’re casting for The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith! If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads and a link to my original review:

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.

My original review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight from 9/3/12

This week, we’ll all be casting the complete collection of characters since there are so few characters to choose from. I’ve got a total of five characters I’m casting: Hadley, Oliver, Andrew Sullivan (Hadley’s dad), Charlotte (step-mom-to-be), and Charlotte’s bridesmaid friend:

Bridgit Mendler as Hadley Sullivan

Hadley: Okay, so I know Hadley is supposed to have blue eyes, but when I was reading this book, I pictured a girl like Bridgit Mendler. Sort of a darker blonde, wavy-ish hair, and not a drop-dead gorgeous but more of a girl-next-door look. I thought she would be the perfect Hadley for my cast and okay, maybe we can give her some blue contact lenses if you really want to stick with the exact character description (whatever, I still think Daniel Radcliffe should have had green contacts… that was kind of a big part of story and I’m sorry if I’m still a little sour about that!)

Dennis Quaid as Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan (Hadley’s father): I’ve been hoping to use Dennis Quaid as a dad in one of these Casting Calls for a while now and once I picked Bridgit as my Hadley, I was like, “Wow, they actually kind of look alike too!” I did some age checking and yep, that’s about right! Plus, he already knows how to play a dad who marries another woman after divorce (The Parent Trap). Ha!

Alex Pettyfer as Oliver

Oliver: Okay, so this one was tough for me. I needed a cute British guy who was young enough to play Oliver. I barely know many British actors much less young much less cute! So I had to go back and do a little research and the more I thought about it, the less I could avoid casting Alex Pettyfer. I mean, look at him! A little bit scruffy, darkish blonde hair, and for some reason I always pictured him in one of those knit caps that are fashionable nowadays. Hm. Anyway…

Sophia Myles as Charlotte

Charlotte (Stepmom): Shame on me for not remembering since I just read this book a month ago, but I can’t really remember the details about Charlotte. I pictured her blonde, somewhat younger than Hadley’s dad (maybe in her 30s) and of course, British. So I came up with Sophia Myles (best known from Tristan & Isolde and Underworld). I actually had a picture more like Christina Cole (the evil stepsister from What a Girl Wants with Amanda Bynes) but she was still a bit too young to be Hadley’s stepmom for me, so Sophia Myles was my next choice!

Sarah Parish as Violet

Violet: I love Sarah Parish! She’s the perfect best friend/supporting actress, she’s got great comedic timing and I absolutely pictured Charlotte’s friend as Sarah Parish. Although I think if we cast her in the movie, she might be a scene-stealer! Violet is Charlotte’s bridesmaid who seems to be some good support for Hadley even though she doesn’t know her and really, just a nice person in a time when Hadley feels alone and needs a helping hand, but refuses to ask for it. I think Sarah Parish would be great for this role!

Now I want to hear your thoughts! 

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA
Tee @ YA Crush
Dixie @ Gone Pecan

And don’t miss us next Friday when we cast one of my favorite reads, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins!

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in  format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E SmithTitle: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Publishing Info: January 2, 2012 by Little, Brown
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: September 3, 2012

Four minutes changes everything. Hadley Sullivan 17 misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her father's second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British, sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink, but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring them together again?


This story was so cute! I love love-at-first-sight stories as long as they’re done right, and Jennifer E Smith definitely hit the nail on the head with this one. I felt like the story flowed seamlessly from beginning to end. I definitely fell into Hadley’s story immediately and I really enjoyed her connection with Oliver. Even though it was love at first sight, I actually didn’t feel like it was insta-love. They had an instant attraction and they started building a relationship through Hadley’s incessant teasing about Oliver’s British references and Oliver’s quirky sense of humor and sarcasm.

I really liked how Hadley’s story with her father and her soon-to-be stepmom developed as well. I was a little unsure about that storyline when it started because there seemed to be quite a bit of animosity from Hadley towards her father. I really did like the way everything was resolved and came together in the end.

I also really liked that the book was nice and concise. I’ve been reading tons of books that are in the high 300 to 400 page range so it was refreshing to pick up a book that fit perfectly in the span of 236 pages. I think any longer and it would have been too long and it was great to be able to finish so quickly and not feel overwhelmed with the size of the book since that does happen on occasion.

Also, I really love the cover! I just think it’s super cute and really catches the eye!


Hadley: Even though the book really took place over the span of 24 hours or so, I was really able to see how she grew and how she matured in such a short time span.
Oliver: Oliver was adorable. I really liked his character and how perfect he seemed for Hadley.  His sense of humor was fun, sarcastic, and quirky and it was just adorable! We also find out more about his past later which really helps add some depth to him as well.
Hadley’s father: I think I totally took a turn with him in the book. At first I was totally on Hadley’s side, criminalizing and hating him. As the story goes on, we really get to learn more about him and I really warmed up to him!

Another note I wanted to make is that I enjoyed how we weren’t bogged down with characters. Smith kept it nice and clean with just the core of main characters and couple secondary characters and it just felt really refreshing not to add too many people into the story.

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Oh, this book was just so cute! I wasn’t toooootally head over heels but it was such a great, adorable story and I definitely recommend it!