Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

By Jennifer E. Smith

Rating: 4/5 Gnomes

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. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that 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 in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. 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.

~Amazon Description~

If I were the type of person to say “OMG” (Oh! My! Goodness!)  I would totally use the phrase to describe my infatuation with this book.  What single girl hasn’t imagined the serendipitous meeting of an attractive, thoughtful, intelligent young man with an accent while traveling!

Hadley is hostile.  Her father is getting remarried leaving her feeling abandoned and bitter.  Oliver is mysterious and harboring his own inner angst, but the two make a connection in the airport that starts a whirlwind of a day.  Smith does an amazing job of setting the scene.  She is an all-knowing narrator, following the pair around the airport, observing the witty conversations from a distance, and letting the reader get to know each character’s  pain and frustration.  The story unfolds in real time with smartly placed flashbacks to give the story context and substance.  Both Hadley and Oliver are likable throughout, which isn’t always a trait in similar stories.

I read Jessica E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight in a day, and by the end I was blubbering like a fool.  Definitely a tearjerker, but a sincere love story filled with forgiveness and the promise of hope.  Readers who enjoy sweet love stories, great dialogue, and chance meetings in airports will really enjoy this selection.

You might also like:

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (YA DES)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (YA GRE)
Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott (YA SCO)

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