The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Jennifer E. Smith
Hadley Sullivan is having a bad day. Not only has she missed her flight to England (where she is headed to her dad’s marriage to a woman she has never met) but she is terrified of flying and really wants nothing to do with the wedding at all. To top it all off, she meets a gorgeous boy in the waiting area and totally feels awkward about everything happening to her. Not only does she meet this gorgeous boy, but it turns out he is sitting on her row on the airplane. His name is Oliver and he is the reason that Hadley doesn’t have a melt-down while on the airplane. Hadley and Oliver click. But he is a perfect stranger and they both have places to be once they get to England. But life has a way of surprising Hadley. And Hadley decides that she is willing to go after a little bit of happiness as well. With such a crazy introduction, both Hadley and Oliver are left wondering about the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.
This is a great book. It feels real (which is great since it is realistic fiction). Hadley and Oliver both have flaws, and they are out there for both of them to see. Not only that but the emotions that they both are dealing with are true to life and probably very similar to those felt by teenagers all over the world. But nestled in with the frustrations and anxiety are the bits of trust and hope that this newly forged friendship can be the calm in a whirl-wind of a world. And if one chance friendship could bring so much strength to their lives, it begs the question of is there something deeper? Or is it all silly that one could even think of love after just meeting (and bearing your soul) to a perfect stranger?
Book Discussion Questions:
Do you believe in love at first sight? Why or why not?
Why did Hadley and Oliver hit it off so well?
Would you bear your soul to a perfect stranger? Have you? Why or why not?
Do you talk to strangers when taking various forms of transportation? If so was it a good experience?
What makes you close to someone? Why were Hadley and Oliver so close after just one day?
Did Hadley have a right to be angry with her dad? Why or why not? How about with her mom?
Why did Oliver hide what he was really going to do in England?
What is your definition of love?
Little, Brown and Company, 2012
AGES: Young Adult