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THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult
YA fans may find, as this reviewer did, Smith’s justification of Oliver’s half-truths and evasiveness unacceptable. Smith has created a female character who thinks it is OK to be deceived and not fully respected by her boyfriend – a poor role model for young girls.
Dreading her father’s remarriage, Hadley’s being forced to fly to London for the wedding. She’ll meet “That British Woman,” and see her dad for the first time in over a year. Angry and hurt that he left her behind, Hadley is mutinous — and late. She misses her flight by four minutes and has to wait for the next plane in three hours. Instead of arriving well before the wedding, she’ll barely get there on time.
But then she meets Oliver, she asks him to watch her suitcase, they get dinner and end up sitting next to each other on the plane. After seven hours pressed together in a crowded plane there is something between them. That carries Hadley through the wedding … until she realizes exactly why Oliver was coming to London too. In 24 hours, Hadley and Oliver will change each others’ lives, all because of a plane that left exactly on time. (POPPY, Jan., 248 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780316122382, HC, 12 & Up)
Reviewed By: Raven Haller
Published: January 2012