Kid Konnection: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Seventeen year old Hadley is flying from New York to London and she’s none to happy about it. First of all, she’s not a fan of flying and, second of all, she’s not too thrilled to be going to her dad’s wedding. She’s never even met “that British woman,” doesn’t really care to, and she’s angry with her mother for forcing her to go. She misses her flight by minutes and finds herself with hours to kill before the next flight takes off. While she’s waiting for her flight she meets Oliver, who happens to be going to London as well, and the sparks fly – until they land in London. Hadley can’t get Oliver off her mind but doesn’t know if she’ll ever see him again.
If The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, by Jennifer E. Smith, was a movie, I’d probably call it a romantic comedy, so I’m not really sure what genre it is – maybe YA chick lit? It doesn’t really matter what genre it is, though, because I was totally charmed by it! This book is fun, funny, and just a little bit sassy and I loved it.
Hadley’s parents have been divorced for a little while but she still holds out hope that they’ll get back together. She’s avoided meeting her dad’s girlfriend, hoping that she’ll just go away. When she’s invited to their wedding, she balks at going but her mother insists, so she’s going under duress. Meeting Oliver makes things easier until they get to London and part ways.
Since he’s so charming, Hadley doesn’t realize Oliver has problems of his own. He’s trying to hold it all together and having Hadley to chat with on the flight makes things easier for him.
Even though the story is predictable, I adored The Statistical Probability of Love. I think the thing that made it so special for me was the banter between Hadley and Oliver. Smith did a wonderful job writing the dialogue – it’s clever, witty, and charmingly funny! I also appreciated the fact that this book can be enjoyed by young YA readers on up – there’s no foul language or sexual innuendos so the young ones can read it and it’s romantic enough for the older ones to enjoy. This book is a winner!
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