That Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith is such a sweet, charming and romantic story that I can fully believe in its cross-over appeal. These characters are teenagers, but everyone with a heart can relate to their feelings of grief and confusion and also of first love. I fell for both Hadley and Oliver almost immediately. There's something so wonderful and likeable about them both. I'm a sucker for stories involving travel and can also relate very personally to a trans-atlantic relationship, so this book was a perfect fit for me!
Hadley is on her way to London to attend the wedding of her father to his new girlfriend, whom Hadley has never met. She's not particularly happy being part of this special ceremony as the relationship because the relationship between her and her father has been pretty rocky since he left to teach in England a few years back. The thing is, she misses her flight. By four minutes. And those four minutes, whilst inconsequential in so many other ways, change everything for Hadley.
She's now on the next flight to London, which will barely get Hadley to the wedding on time. But now she's sitting next to Oliver, the cute and adorable and funny guy, who is going through issues of his own. And before she knows it, the journey to London that Hadley has been dreading has now transformed into a 7 hour trip getting to know this incredible guy. And over the course of the story, as she becomes more excited and nervous about what this thing is between her and Oliver, she's better able to come to terms with her father's new relationship and also the problems Hadley has been having with her mother.
I absolutely loved this book. It's sweet and romantic and sad and beautiful all at once. This story is told with so much emotion, I felt like I was experiencing everything that Hadley and Oliver were going through - from the good, sweet stuff of new beginnings, to the problems and confusion of their lives aside from each other. It made me smile and laugh but it also brought me to tears. I love that wonderful mix of emotion. I really recommend this book!