Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, ISBN 9780316192866, January 2012

Hadley Sullivan, seventeen years old, is at JFK airport, having just missed by four minutes her flight to London to attend her father's wedding. She's not happy about going anyway; she'd prefer to skip it, and is going only because her mother has insisted, saying that she'll regret it later if she doesn't. She's even less happy now that she's going to be spending hours waiting at the airport for the next flight, which will get her to Heathrow just in time to take a cab directly to the church.

And then she meets Oliver, an eighteen-year-old Yale freshman headed home to England for his own family event. First he helps her with her bags as they go in search of food, and then they start to talk.

They talk through the night, as Hadley works through her complicated feelings about her parents' divorce and her mother's remarriage, and Oliver tells silly stories about the "research" he's doing at Yale and distracts her from her claustrophobia and stress.

The next twenty-four hours, on the plane and after they separate to go to their separate family events, are exciting, frightening, confusing, filled with emotional ups and downs for Hadley, her father, her new stepmother, and for Oliver. It's a pleasant, engaging read.

Recommended.

I received a free electronic galley from the publisher via NetGalley.