Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on January 2nd 2012
Genres: Family, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Marriage & Divorce, Young Adult
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother 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 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?Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
“’People who meet in airports are seventy-two percent more likely to fall for each other than people who meet anywhere else.”
After everything that could go wrong does, Hadley Sullivan misses her flight to a wedding she doesn’t want to attend—her father’s wedding. Since she’s been forced to attend the wedding, she secures a seat on the next flight out, which will get her into London and at the church just in time. What she didn’t expect was to actually meet someone on the plane who she didn’t want to say goodbye to after going through customs. Is their meeting by chance or fate? And are they destined to cross each others’ paths once again?
I can vouch for myself that the idea of love at first sight is an intriguing, exhilarating idea—experiencing that inescapable moment when meeting someone’s eyes across a room full of people and inexplicably knowing there is no turning back. Is the possibility even out there? Is that initial spark really love or just the possibility of it?
“Just that a discussion about the definition of true love is usually something you talk about after three months, not three hours.”
This book takes place over the span of twenty-four hours and gives the reader the ability to come up with his or her own conclusion on whether or not what Hadley and Oliver have is love at first sight. What better place to have an encounter such as this happen than at the airport? With the hustle and bustle of everyday people milling around, the likelihood of meeting the one person you’re destined to be with, while worrying about losing your luggage, is exhilarating.
Whether or not you believe in fate, this book is a reminder that we are in control of our own decisions based off of the circumstances that are thrown our way. Not only does Hadley struggle with her feelings for Oliver, but she has someone else new in her life that she has to worry about—the soon-to-be stepmother she’s never met. Even though to some her feelings toward her father and the situations he has put her family through may seem mediocre, his decisions destroyed the world as she knew it. Coming to the realization of what is more important to her and if she is willing to try and understand something that was beyond anyone’s control, develop her character in ways that some books spanning over months cannot manage. She is not seen as the stubborn, headstrong girl with daddy issues, but a warrior with wounds that have yet to have been mended.
Oliver, the snarky British stranger, reminds her of the things she has come to hate about her father—the fact that he moved to London and left her and her mother alone. However, Oliver carries more baggage than just a simple carry-on on their trip, and while his character’s personality comes more from the surface at the beginning, he helps Hadley learn that mending with unresolved conflict leaves more scars than the original wounds.
“After all, it’s one thing to run away when someone’s chasing you.
It’s entirely another to be running all alone.”
Together, these characters help each other get over their past decisions and mistakes and move towards a brighter future. Even though this is a story on up-and-coming love, it digs deeper and evaluates what is needed to build a relationship with someone—but not only someone who has a romantic involvement.
“The idea that their paths might have just as easily not crossed leaves her breathless, like a near-miss accident on a highway, and she can’t help marveling at the sheer randomness of it all.”
This is the second book by Jennifer E. Smith that I’ve read, and I loved it as much as the first one I read. I read it quickly because of the fast paced story and the intoxicating plot that didn’t allow me to set it down for too long.
“Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world.”