The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

In YA Book Reviews on August 26, 2014 at 3:59 am


 by Jennifer E. Smith
YA Contemporary/©2012/236 Pages/Recommended for 7th Grade and Above

Publisher’s Comments (Goodreads):
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 Thoughts:

This book is a fun, enjoyable read that I zipped through in a matter of hours. I just couldn’t put it down.  I was immediately drawn into Hadley’s story with the Charles Dickens’s quote that preceded the start of the book, and I appreciated every literary reference interspersed throughout. I liked the writing style (well paced and descriptive), the characters (likable but not perfect), and the plot set over just one day. I appreciated that the romance part was seamlessly intertwined with Hadley struggling to come to terms with her parents’ divorce and her father remarrying. This is not just another mindless romance; this one has some substance to it, giving you some serious things to think about.  All in all, it was a heartwarming and endearing story from beginning to end (with the part explaining the title of the book). Don’t be surprised if you find yourself hugging it when you  finish reading it.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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