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Kid Konnection: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

April 14, 2012

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!

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
18 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2012 7:48 am

    Glad to see you really liked this one because it’s on my TBR list!

  2. bookingmama permalink
    April 14, 2012 8:33 am

    I need a book like this right now after the past two that I’ve read! Maybe I can get around to it early next week.

  3. April 14, 2012 9:12 am

    I think that is a new one to me and it sounds good! I like a little romantic comedy types 🙂

  4. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    April 14, 2012 9:15 am

    Not only does this sound like one I would love, I know a whole slew of girls that would adore it too!! I loved your review!

  5. April 14, 2012 9:42 am

    I enjoyed this as well.

  6. April 14, 2012 9:57 am

    Now, this sounds like my kinda book! Thanks for the review.

  7. April 14, 2012 10:36 am

    So glad to read you loved it too. It is a quick read but good fun.

  8. April 14, 2012 11:10 am

    This does sound like a charming book, and one that I bet both Melissa and I would appreciate. I need to see if I can grab this one when I can. Great review today!

  9. April 14, 2012 12:52 pm

    This is the second great review I read of this book and one was written by a guy! I appreciate you mentioning the content. This one is going on my list of fun books to read.

  10. April 14, 2012 1:31 pm

    This sounds like a perfect book for me. It’s on my TBR!

  11. talesofwhimsy permalink
    April 14, 2012 7:50 pm

    So glad to hear it’s not only good but it holds the readers attention. Great review.

  12. April 14, 2012 10:30 pm

    Sounds like something I will like too! Thanks for enabling…lol

  13. April 15, 2012 6:50 am

    I think the title is great. Nice to hear you enjoyed it.

  14. April 15, 2012 7:43 pm

    Sounds like a gateway book to chick lit!

  15. April 17, 2012 2:16 am

    I’m so happy you enjoyed this one too! It was definitely cute, and I think romantic comedy is the perfect way to describe it.

  16. escapingjourney permalink
    April 17, 2012 1:26 pm

    It sounds like a wonderful read, thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  17. April 17, 2012 11:26 pm

    This looks like a YA book I would like. And I find the title fun.

  18. April 18, 2012 2:28 pm

    I’m a sucker for a good romance. I’m glad it charmed you. I’m off to see if my library has it.

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