Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

The last place Hadley wants to be is on an airplane. If her fear of enclosed spaces wasn't reason enough, she is also on her way to London to attend her father's a woman she's never met. Even worse, she was four minutes late for her flight and had to take the next one, which will mean she might be late for the wedding she didn't want to go to in the first place. But this change in plans means that she meets Oliver, the friendly British guy who's sitting in seat 18-C. She's in 18-A. The next few hours are going to be very interesting.

This is an engaging book that balances heavy family dynamics with an incredible meet-cute between two teens. Set over a twenty-four hour period, the storyline jumps around enough to keep it interesting but not so much that it gets confusing. Hadley and Oliver are both strong characters; either of them could easily carry their own book. There's a lot going on with these two in terms of their families; both of them are kind of messed up in terms of relationships, and they could probably benefit from some therapy, yet it's hard not to root for them from the get-go. I don't want to give away too much of the ending, but let's just say that when I set down the book after finishing it, I was very satisfied.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Party by Tom Leveen
You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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