The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Paperback)

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Just when it seems like things couldn't get worse, 17-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life is delayed by eight hours in Kennedy Airport, putting her arrival time dangerously close to the start of her dad's wedding. Will she make it? She prepares, once again, for disappointment. But sitting next to her on the plane is the arrestingly handsome Oliver, whose own family troubles and disarming wit may be exactly what she needs to make it through the long flight. Simple and sweet, this is a book about love -- that of family, of friends, and of strangers.

— Sarah

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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


Quirks of timing feature in this romantic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver find that true love can be unexpected.

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having just 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 even 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?

About the Author

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here and The Comeback Season. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City.

Praise For…

"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
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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316122399
ISBN-10: 0316122394
Publisher: Poppy
Publication Date: January 1st, 2013
Pages: 272
Language: English