Jennifer E. Smith
Publish Date: January 2, 2012
Genre: Young Adult
Buy the Book: Amazon
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?What drew me to this book was the fact that it was set over a 24-hour time frame. I was intrigued to see how the characters could possibly form a connection in such a short amount of time. Not to mention how the reader would connect to them. But I enjoyed their story from the start.
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.
Both Hadley and Oliver are great, well-written characters. I felt like I knew them both better than some characters in novels that are set over the span of years.
Hadley’s struggle with her parents’ divorce was extremely real. She not only felt that her father abandoned her mother when he chose to remain in London, but abandoned her as well.
As for Oliver, his struggle with his own father and the childhood he had, helped Hadley put her relationship with her father in perspective. Oliver was a great guy who genuinely cared about Hadley from the start.
I truly loved this book; I only wish it didn’t end. I would have loved to see what became of Hadley and Oliver when they returned to the states. Or if her mother ever remarried. Or if her relationship with her father truly mended. That is how invested in their story I became.
But even with all that, I still loved every second of it. I look forward to reading more from this author.