Monday, March 5, 2012

Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
By Jennifer E. Smith
Little, Brown and Company, 2012. 248 pgs. Teen fiction (I read the ARC)

Hadley Sullivan misses her flight to England by a matter of minutes, and as she waits for a new flight, she meets Oliver, who is also on his way to England and just happens to sit next to her on the plane. Even as Hadley is lamenting her trip to England--since she is about to attend her father's wedding to a woman she's never met (a woman who broke up her parents' marriage)--Hadley can't help but enjoy her time with Oliver, and can't help wishing that fate will bring them together again once they've landed in England and departed for their separate destinations.

This is a satisfying teen romance, interesting in the fact that it takes place in a 24-hour period. Hadley is likable and slightly stubborn about her father's new relationship (which is completely realistic but not overdone), and teen girls will be wishing they could find an Oliver of their own. One small complaint: there are approximately two instances when the "h-word" is used, and Oliver sneaks some alcohol from the flight attendant, which means this book isn't quite, at least according to my very conservative community's standards, a clean read...which, as a librarian is said conservative community is a little frustrating. With it being soooo close to being clean, I wish the author and publisher had decided to leave out those little details and make it a 100% clean read. Overall, though, most readers probably won't bat an eye.

3.5 stars. Almost, so close, to being squeaky clean.

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