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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
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Timing is everything 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 found in unexpected places.
Today should be one of the worst days of Hadley Sullivan's life. Having just missed her flight, she's stuck at the airport and late to her father's wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she happens upon 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.
"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
"A 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." —PW
"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." —Kirkus
"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." —SLJ
"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." —Booklist
"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
"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)
"Sparkly dialogue and a great setting make this a Nora Ephron-esque treat."
—Elle Magazine (UK edition)
"This irresistible novel seems set to become one of the most talked about books of the year - think David Nicholls' One Day meets TV's 24... a brilliantly conceived read."
—Glamour Magazine (UK Edition)
"Romantic, witty and real - it is a statistical certainty that you will love this book." —Margaret Stohl, bestselling author of theBeautiful Creatures novels
"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