Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on January 2nd 2012
Genres: Family, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Marriage & Divorce, Young Adult
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange honest review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
So this isn’t normally my type of book, but there was a lot of good press going around about it when it came out and so when NetGalley was offering up copies earlier this month I decided to go for it.
It’s not a bad little novel. I think it’s probably a nice read for middle grade/early YA readers. Weddings, funerals, love at first sight. It’s never going to be required reading and it’s not as meaningful or as important as Eleanor and Park but it was a fun little Sunday afternoon read.
I had a few fluttery moments in this book but the best part was the sub-story of Hadley and her father. The reminders that parents are human too. Maybe that’s age talking.
The part of this that bothered me the most was the tardiness of the characters to their events. Seriously, your dad is getting remarried and you leave the night before? On a trans-Atlantic flight? Okay, maybe I forget the energy that I had at seventeen, but that’s just the worst planning ever.
If this is a genre that you generally enjoy, definitely pick it up.