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Saturday, March 31, 2012

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

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
ISBN: 9781611130744
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Released: January 2, 2012
Page #: 7.5 hour audio

Source: Playaway from my library

"Today should be one of the worst days 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 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."
First Lines:

"There are so many ways it could have turned out differently. Imagine if she hadn't forgotten the book. She wouldn't have had to run back into the house while Mom waited outside with the car running, the engine setting loose a cloud of exhaust in the late-day heat."
Page 1

To tell the truth, I had this fantasy when I was younger about sitting next to some hot guy on the plane to somewhere... Yeah. And this book totally brought that to life. I may be a little jealous of the characters in this book. No, maybe not. But it definitely made for a good story!

Hadley and Oliver meet in the airport after Hadley missed her first flight. She's a bit skiddish about small spaces, so she's more worried about the impending flight to London than the people around her. But Oliver becomes a focus for her - someone who can help her through the flight... and much more. It's a fast friendship and the two of them don't know if this is a strangers-being-nice thing or more.

This book takes place within the span of 24 hours... and most of it on an airplane. Hadley is heading to her father's wedding to a woman she's never met. There's lots of angst about that, but Oliver proves to be a very good listener. They also find themselves revealing things that they would not have done otherwise. I can sort of imagine the magic of sitting on a dark airplane, spilling your secrets.

I loved both of these characters. They both seemed very grounded and realistic - which I think is what made it such a good story. Or maybe it just made the story more believable... and makes me sort of wish that it had happened for real. But anyway, I thought they were really well done and hope to hear more about these characters in future stories. I'm sure that won't happen though :). It's not a series-type story.

I will definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves romance. I think it falls in the same vein as Stephanie Perkins books - and I loved those too. So, really, the author is in good company. I did listen to this book and I really thought the audio was well done. The reader did a good job making the British accent of Oliver believable. At least, to my ears :). All in all, it was a well done book and I can't wait to read more from this author!
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