Published: Little Brown (1/2/12)
GR Summary: Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.
Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
My Thoughts: OH, this book. Anna had told me how this one was quite possibly her favorite read of 2011 (yeah, yeah, there's a 2012 release date, I know) and I was ELATED to get my hands on a pretty finished copy. It was a quick read and I figured it'd be a fabulous way to kick start the new year. It was. Statistical Probability was so subtlely beautiful. There was actually kind of a lull in the middle, which upset me at the time, but hey! Absence DOES make the heart grow fonder!
I loved Hadley and I completely understand why she was so heinous at times. I would be too if I were in her situation. In fact, I think it's pretty freaking big of her to agree to stand up in her father's wedding to some younger little tart. I don't want a tart for a stepmom. But I'm also crazy and Hadley is a bit more level-headed. HOW LUCKY was it that she missed her flight? Because if she didn't, we wouldn't all have been enticed and romanced by Oliver. Um, he's British. And he's funny. And he makes me feel like airplane rides are the new biology class of matchmaking.
I love how the author made the smallest gesture feel huge. His hand on her knee to comfort her. Oliver simply making an observation of what Hadley was wearing. STANDING IN LINE FOR THE BATHROOM, FOR PETE'S SAKE. I feel like these are all pivotal moments. So much was said with so little. And the word "Wait" has never meant SO much or made my heart swell up to 50 times its size like it did in this book. (Oh, you'll know when you get there.)
So much feeling and sadness and revelations and acceptance wrapped into this pretty little package. Read this book if you want to FEEL.