The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
by Jennifer E. Smith
When Hadley misses her flight to her father’s wedding, she meets a boy on the next flight named Oliver, and they form an instant connection.
As someone who doesn’t believe in love at first sight and thoroughly hates the insta-love trope, I really liked this story. Hadley and Oliver feel a connection to one another and build on it through their conversations and actions. They have an uncertain feeling that could be something more, and fate makes them work for it.
In an eventful twenty-four hours, Hadley and Oliver strengthen their bond while dealing with their complicated-in-different-ways family situations, find ways to forgive, and Hadley learns to make her own fate. In a short time period, the characters all interact and grow in realistic ways. This story has the improbability of life working out like a rom-com, and the plausibility that, if you try for it, it just might.