Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
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. 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.
I first saw this one when my sister brought it home from BEA last year (lucky girl!) and I knew immediately that if I read nothing else from her haul, I must read this. I loved how long the title was and that it took up most of the space on the cover. I loved that the image is black and white with red accents. Then, the buzz started. Every blog I read that reviewed this raved. And what isn't there to rave about? The book takes place in 24 hours, some of that time spent on a plane with a swoon-worthy English boy. Yum! But really, I loved Hadley and her impulsive craziness. I loved Oliver and his willingness to help this girl that he didn't know from Adam and sticks with her. Most of all, I loved them together. When this one ended, I kept flipping back to pages because I didn't want my time with them to be over. I know this is one I'll reread again and again.