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

statisticalprobThis is the first of two young-adult novels I read this month after buying them for kids. Emma read and recommended this short romantic novel, in which seventeen-year-old Hadley has to fly from the U.S. to London. Her father is marrying the woman for whom he left Hadley’s mother, and he wants Hadley to be in the wedding, although she’s reluctant. On the flight over, she meets Oliver, a British student going to university in the States, who’s also on his way across the Atlantic for an uncomfortable family event. Hadley and Oliver talk and bond during the night-long flight, and the story unfolds over just twenty-four hours — their flight across the Atlantic and Hadley’s day in London, trying to endure her father’s wedding and wondering if she’ll ever see Oliver again. Despite the title, the romance, sweet as it is, is really secondary here to Hadley’s discovery that you can love a parent who has hurt you, even if you can’t accept everything they’ve done. It’s a nice little coming of age story, very fast-paced, and Hadley is the kind of smart, quirky, neurotic narrator who’s very easy to relate to. While I’ve never been a big believer in love at first sight, I did enjoy this love story.

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