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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

by Jennifer E. Smith

Poppy Books

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I don’t think I’ve read a young adult novel since the Harry Potter series, but this one managed to suck me in.  Jennifer E. Smith works as an editor in New York, and this, her third novel, proves that she knows how to spin a tale and give it a fantastic title.  “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight” follows 24 hours in the life of Hadley Sullivan, a 17 year-old girl who has just missed her flight from JFK to London to watch her father get married for the second time.

Though it’s not the cutest of situations, Hadley gets what every young lady wants on a five hour flight: a handsome young fellow in the seat next to her.  Oliver’s a charming Brit on his way home for a few days, and proves to be great company for Hadley as she begrudgingly prepares to watch her father begin a new life.  There may be some magic in the stars during their red-eye journey, but Hadley and Oliver lose one another in the chaos of Heathrow.  The next day as family engagements loom for both of them, these two young folks will chase fate and public transportation to find one another again.

This is a tight and simple story, which makes it all the more wonderful.  It’s a terrific intersection of characters, circumstance and a good, old-fashioned love story.  And who doesn’t like a love story?