Friday, June 1, 2012

TEENS: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Hadley is on her way to London for her father's wedding to the woman he met and fell in love with when he taught for a semester abroad... while his wife and daughter stayed behind in the States. At 17, Hadley's a little too old to throw a kicking-and-screaming tantrum, but on the inside, that's exactly what she's doing. The stress and tension she's had since the divorce has led to panic attacks. When one starts to build at the airport while waiting for her flight, Hadley meets Oliver, a Brit studying in America, but heading back to London on the same flight. He provides a great distraction to Hadley with his funny comments and questions. Something starts to stir between them, but before they can really examine that, their plane lands, they get separated at customs, and Hadley is forced to face her father and his new life alone. But a passing comment at the wedding gives Hadley new insight into Oliver's reasons for being in London. Is what they had together on the plane reason enough for Hadley to track Oliver down in a strange city by herself?

REVIEW : This was a great love story. I first read about this book in a review magazine, and I was completely captivted by the plot line. While I couldn't remember the title, I kept scouting shelves in the teen section of book stores hoping something would ring a bell. It was worth it - I read it in one sitting, even staying up late in a school night because I wanted to know how it worked out. Hadley's angst is well conveyed without getting old for the reader. The whole story takes place in a 24 hour-ish period, with flashbacks to fill in the back story.

4.5 out of 5 stars. I'd recommend this to teens who are ready for a romantic tale. I only noticed one swear word, and the European teen (18 years old) drinks alcohol.

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