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Are you in the mood for a quick contemporary YA romance? Well, I have just the book for you! You should look into The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (TSPoLaFS from now on) by Jennifer E. Smith.
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. She’s stuck at JFK, late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s in seat 18C. Hadley’s in 18A.
Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it
Although, I also enjoy other genres, I always welcome a good contemporary romance – especially one that’s Young Adult. Now, obviously there are other themes at play, like family relationships, but yes the romance is at the helm of this story. Duh!
First let me start by saying, that although there is “instalove” in this story, it’s not the “I’m gonna die without you” kind. I guess the better term would be “instacrush”. The other aspects of their lives take precedence over this potential chemistry, and the chemistry isn’t actually realized until the real life issues are dealt with in a healthy way. Plus, even if it is instalove, I don’t really care. I know its fiction, so it makes for a wonderful story and a fabulous escape from reality for a little while.
Also, the love interest is British. Need I say more?!?!
I must say that I’m pretty sure Jennifer E. Smith wrote me into the main character of Hadley. Hadley is American —me too. Not too impressive you say? Well, how about this: Hadley is afraid of mayonnaise — me too! Wait. What? Afraid of mayonnaise?! Yes. I love that Smith threw this in here as one of Hadley’s main fears. I hate mayonnaise, but it’s not a strong dislike type of hate, it’s an “OMG! Get it away from me!” fear driven hate. After years of people looking strangely at me when I explain this phobia, I thought I was the only one. But I’m vindicated and I’m not alone! (Hadley also is afraid of the dentist and spiders…hello! Me too!) Hadley also mentions at one point that someone told her she has “no filter”. I may or may not have been told that many times in my life….
Speaking of Hadley, she’s a pretty lifelike character. She has been deeply hurt by her father leaving her and her mother behind. This is pain that Hadley never really dealt with in a healthy way. So far, all she’s done is ignore the strong emotional reaction she has to missing her family and the life they lived before her father left. I think the ultimate decision that Hadley makes will lead her on a more open and less bitter path in life.
Hadley’s father. Hmmm… Well, I both completely disagree with him and sympathize with him. I will say that although I think Hadley’s father ultimately made the right choice in ending his marriage before things got horrible, unlike another character (no spoilers here!), I don’t agree with his explanation that love excuses his behavior and actions. What he did to Hadley and her mother is inexcusable, but I think the most important thing is that he still loves his daughter and wants to have a relationship with her, despite the painful past.
The second I saw this cover and read the summary I knew it would be a book I’d really enjoy and TSPoLaFS did not disappoint! It was a very quick and enthralling read; I finished it in a little over one day. Lovers of romance, middle grades and up, will find this a fun and very enjoyable read!
Check out the book trailer here.
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy (January 2, 2012)
Length: 256 pages
Buy the Book: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight