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Published October 4th 2013
Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight Author: Jennifer E. Smith Publisher: Little Brown Publication Date: January 2nd, 2012 Genre: YA, Romance
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight starts off with the main character Hadley just missing her flight to London by four minutes. The frustrated teen is put onto the next plane and the story proceeds in a well-paced fashion. Luckily for American girl Hadley, she meets Oliver after a disgruntled old lady won't watch her bag for her. Oliver is British, he's cute, charming, and the 'type' Hadley likes.
What I probably loved most about this novel is the fact majority of the time is spent on the plane. I personally love flying, I love airports, I love foreign countries, and the idea of planes just makes me happy. Also, this was refreshing as I have never read a book with the characters on the plane.
Of course, like any romance, the lovers part ways (though in truth I would say it's more accurate to say they're potential lovers). They separate at customs with a kiss and Hadley believes she will never see Oliver again. After this, it's all about what Hadley should really be doing - getting to her father's wedding. There is a momentary sensation of feeling rushed and like she won't make it in time but of course she does. She's prepped for the wedding and it goes off without a hitch, even if Hadley doesn't like it.
The novel continues with her leaving the wedding to find Oliver, the attempt to meet one's love again. She has troubles doing so but eventually finds him - at a funeral. It's not exactly the romantic reunion that Hadley pictures. From then on she returns to her father's reception where she finds herself having a good time. That good time ends up being followed by a good cry as she tells her father about Oliver and actually comes to realize that her new stepmother isn't all that bad.
The story of course ends happily, most romance novels tend to, but I won't spoil it for you. This book is great for a bus or train read or for your pre-teen daughters/sisters/cousins/etc as there is absolutely no profanity (I believe only one 'damn'). The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is the perfect light fluffy read for those who love sweet, innocent romance. Even with its predictable story line, I would pick this novel up again; it's a fantastic young adult novel.