Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: January 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 236 Pages
ISBN-10: 0316122386 (Poppy/Little Brown)
ISBN-13: 978-0316122382 (Poppy/Little Brown)
Reviewed by: Bridget
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother 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 sitting in her row.
A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?
Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.
Quick & Dirty: This is definitely one of my all time favorite YA Contemporary reads. It’s filled with heart wrenching moments, and an adorable romance.
Opening Sentence: There are so many ways it could have all turned out differently.
Hadley Sullivan has never really been a person that believed in fate. But when she misses her plane flight to her father’s wedding by only four minutes, she starts to wonder. She didn’t want to go to the wedding in the first place and now she has to take a redeye to London and she will be lucky if she makes it to the ceremony on time. She hasn’t seen her father in over a year and she has never met his fiancé. A few years ago her father got an offer to teach at Oxford for a semester and this was a dream come true for him. Hadley was just starting her sophomore year in high school so her mom decided to stay with Hadley while her dad goes to London, and he never comes back home. Hadley has never forgiven her father for what he did and now she has to go to his wedding to the woman he left them for. So suffice to say — she is not looking forward to a long plane ride to a place she doesn’t want to go.
While she is waiting to board her plane she meets a boy and he ends up sitting next to her on the plane. His name is Oliver and he is from London, but he goes to school at Yale University. He is heading home for the weekend and they instantly connect. Oliver is so easy to talk to and he makes the plane ride so much more bearable. She has just barely met him but it feels like she has known him forever. Hadley has never believed in fate but after meeting Oliver she just might believe in love at first sight.
Hadley has obviously been hurt by people she cares about and it has left her idea of love and marriage tinted. Her father is starting a whole new life, and she’s not a part of it. As you see into her thoughts you feel all the emotions that she is going through. How she is so angry and hurt, but she really does love her father. Then she meets Oliver and he is a bright spot that takes away some of the hurt. She is able to open up to him easily and she feels like he understands her. I really like Hadley and what she goes through makes her an easy character to connect with.
Oliver is an adorable British boy that you can’t help but love. He is funny and is always trying to lighten the moment with humor. He is drawn to Hadley and finds that he can be open and very honest with her, which has always been a problem for him before. The chemistry between Hadley and Oliver is so cute and it felt so real. You get to see a bunch of different sides to Oliver through Hadley’s eyes and I totally fell for him right along with her.
This is a really fast, cute read. It is a wonderful love story that takes place in just 24 hours. You know that feeling you get when you watch a really good chick flick, well that’s how I felt reading this book. I got total butterflies at the cute parts, and my heart broke for Hadley at the sad parts. I will admit that you do go on a slight emotional roller coaster reading this, but it was so sweet and honest. I have read this book a couple times now and I have to say that it is defiantly one of my all time favorite YA Contemporary books. I would highly recommend this to anyone that wants a light read that really pulls on your heart strings.
The occupied lights are on above both bathroom doors, so Hadley and Oliver stand in the small square of space just outside. They’re close enough that she can smell the fabric of his shirt, the whiskey still on his breath; not so close that they’re touching, exactly, but she can feel the hair on his arm tickle hers, and she’s again seized by a sudden longing to reach for his hand.
She lifts her chin to find that he’s looking down at her with the same expression she saw on his face earlier, when she woke up with her head on his shoulder. Neither of them moves and neither speaks; they just stand there watching each other in the darkness, the engines whirring beneath their feet. It occurs to her that-impossibly, improbably-he might be about to kiss her, and she inches just the tiniest bit closer, her heart skidding around in her chest. His hand brushes against hers, and Hadley feels it like a bolt of electricity, the shock of it moving straight up her spine. To her surprise, Oliver doesn’t pull away; instead, he fits his hand into hers as if anchoring her there, then tugs gently, moving her closer.
It almost feels as if they’re completely alone-no captain or crew, no rows of dozing passengers stretching the length of the plane-and Hadley takes a deep breath and tips her head to look up at him.
FTC Advisory: Poppy/Little Brown/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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