The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Hardcover)
[This novel] is light and sweet and a little something more. It’s the story of seventeen year old Hadley Sullivan and how four minutes changed everything in her life. She’s late for the flight to London for her estranged father’s wedding, which starts off a series of improbable events, beginning with meeting a wonderful but secretive boy and ending with a new understanding of family and forgiveness. So no, this isn’t an exciting do-or-die adventure, nor is it a dystopian love triangle, or full of angsty vampires, but it is a surprisingly good story, well-told, replete with first love and second chances.— From Emily's Picks
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“Fate -- or the simple fact that she misses her plane -- brings teenage Hadley and Oliver together in JFK Airport and has them seated next to each other for an eight-hour flight to London. In London, they lose track of each other, but fate again intervenes. This feel-good story of love and family left me believing that 'happily ever after' might actually be possible. A delightful read!”
— Carla Ketner, Chapters Books & Gifts, Seward, NE
About the Author
Jennifer E. Smith is the author of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, The Geography of You and Me, This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. She currently lives in New York City.
"A gorgeous, heartwarming reminder of the power of fate... an endearing and lushly written account of how it feels to fall in love, the unique heartbreak of parental disappointment and what it means to forgive those who've hurt us deeply."—The New York Times Book Review
sweet, character-driven, romantic comedy with plenty of twists to keep readers
engaged and is sure to delight teens from beginning to end. Young adult readers
will enjoy reading about Hadley and Oliver, two characters who are familiar,
witty, and have terrific chemistry together. This book is highly recommended
and would be a great addition to any library serving teens who enjoy romance
and realistic fiction. Be prepared to have this book fly of the shelves."
—VOYA (starred review)
"A fast-paced and entertaining novel with a superlatively
romantic premise...readers will be as caught up as Hadley is by the physical and
emotional distances she traverses."
"A closely observed, ultimately moving tale of love, family
and otherwise....Smith's acute insights make Hadley's heartache and loss as real
as the magical unfurling of new love."
"The teens are realistic and empathetic
characters, and their story unfolds effortlessly, quickly capturing readers'
interest. Fans of Sarah Dessen will enjoy this enchanting novel of family
quandaries and love at first sight."
"A falling-in-love story as comfortable as an old sofa, and
those looking for pages that turn easily will find a good candidate here."
"The elegant, poignant story is written primarily in present
tense, giving the novel a cinematic effect and intensifying Hadley's
roller-coaster emotions over the twenty-four-hour period. Hadley is a
determined, thoughtful protagonist who, given little bits of luck, isn't afraid
to create her own destiny. She anchors this bittersweet-mostly
sweet-consideration of loss, marriage, fate, and love."
—The Horn Book
extraordinary look at chance, connections, and the power of family and love, The Statistical Probability of Love at First
Sight will make your heart sing."
—Elizabeth Scott, author of Between Here and Forever and Something, Maybe
"This phenomenal depiction of an instant
connection shows that everything happens for a reason. Smith's unique story
will make you contemplate the magic of fate. I've been waiting for a love story
like this forever."—Susane Colasanti, bestselling author of So Much Closer and When It Happens
"Romantic and wise, The
Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a must-read. And the
second you meet Oliver, you're going to pray you miss your next flight."
—Sarah Mlynowski, author of Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
"Romantic, witty and real - it is a
statistical certainty that you will love this book." —Margaret Stohl, bestselling author of the Beautiful Creatures novels