Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Little Brown
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.I bought the book, read it, enjoyed it, put it back on the bookshelf, and that was it. It was a really cute read, but that was all it was, cute. I didn’t give it much thought until I sat down to write this review.
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. -Summary from goodreads.com
I’m a hopeless romantic, and let me tell you that the romance in this one wasn’t all that great. Sure we had our fun, meaningful, and even thoughtful moments, but it didn’t leave a lasting impression. I thought maybe the dialogue would save this one for me, Oliver is quite the charmer, but I just wasn’t feeling it.
I am always quick to fall for the main guy lead, but there was something about Oliver I just didn’t like. SPOILER!* The way he acts with Hadley when she finally finds him… ugh. He was so indifferent! I mean I am aware of the situations and they are at a funeral, but still. This chick just spent the last few hours searching for you, the least you can do is give her some attention. He totally makes up for it later, but still! END* I always thought I was a fan/believer of the whole insta-love (don’t judge me) but this book proved me otherwise.
Now, the book wasn’t completely bad, we had our funny moments that had me smiling from ear to ear. Not to mention all the family drama, very good back story. Very deep and real. I’ve seen what a divorce does to a family, and this book seemed to really touch home. It was enough to have me keep reading till the end just to see how things would work out.
Overall, I went in anticipating this awesome contemporary YA book, but instead I had a cute light quirky read, which all in all wasn’t bad. If you’re a fan of cute, feel good novels, you should definitely give it a try :)