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

Hadley and Oliver fall in love on the flight from New York to London, but after a cinematic kiss they lose track of each other at the airport until fate brings them back together on a very momentous day.

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, The Geography of You and Me, This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. She currently lives in New York City.

Like many notable romances, this soft-edged meet-cute story centers upon a wedding. Seventeen-year-old Hadley's father is getting remarried in London, and her dread at meeting his new wife is compounded when she misses her overseas flight by four minutes. The upside is that she meets the adorably British Oliver on the next flight, and they spend the subsequent 10 hours doing all the stuff that flirty teenagers do: drink alcohol, chitchat about their families, divulge secrets, and crack wise. Smith makes the most of the cramped quarters, even managing to make the aisle outside the lavatories a convincing spot for romance (seriously!). The second half of the book, which involves a lot of running around in London, is more boilerplate, but Smith doesn't intend her book to be any sort of revelatory experience. It is a falling-in-love story as comfortable as an old sofa, and those looking for pages that turn easily will find a good candidate here. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

A smartly observed novel rises above its apparently easy structure. Although her mother has made peace with the situation, Hadley is still angry and hurt that her father left them for an Englishwoman. Rebooked on the next flight after missing her plane to London, where she's to be a bridesmaid in their wedding, Hadley is seated next to the English boy who helped her in the terminal. He comes to her rescue again after she confesses she suffers from claustrophobia. A good-looking Yale student, Oliver is smart, funny and thoughtful, though evasive about the purpose of his trip. Their mutual attraction is heightened by the limbo of air travel, but on arrival, they're separated. With just minutes to get to the wedding, Hadley-resentful, anxious, missing Oliver and above all jetlagged-makes her way to the church and the father she's avoided seeing for a year. Narrative hooks and "meet cutes" often seem designed to distract from less-than-compelling content. Here, the opposite pertains. Its one-day time frame and "what are the odds?" conceit bookend a closely observed, ultimately moving tale of love, family and otherwise. Yes, many teens face more compelling problems than those of a smart, attractive daughter of affluent and loving, if estranged, parents; but Smith's acute insights make Hadley's heartache and loss as real as the magical unfurling of new love. (Fiction. 12 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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