Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
by Jennifer E. Smith (Poppy, 2012)
Summary from publisher:
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK 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 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 twenty-four-hour period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
This was a sweet love story... fairly predictable, yes, but still a sweet and enjoyable read. Smith could have made the story far sappier than she did, but thankfully she showed some restraint and instead gave us a story that felt like it could really happen. I believed Hadley was truly angry at her father for leaving their family to start another. I believed she wanted to pick a fight with her mother, even though her mother wasn't wrong about anything. I even believe Hadley's change of heart between the wedding and the reception.
This is definitely a girly book. It's one that junior high and high school girls will pick up and read again and again, falling in love with Oliver just a little bit more each and every time. I have no qualms about recommending this one to my seventh grade readers. Check it out!