Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 86% or BBuy It: Amazon
My Thoughts::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.
If you're a frequent reader of my reviews, you'll find this book choice a bit out of the ordinary. I don't mind books that include romance in them because I enjoy swoon worthy guys, but I barely ever lean towards novels whose main focus IS the romance. And sure, other things happen, but the relationship is always in the forefront. But after seeing really good reviews, I decided to give it a shot.
So this novel definitely made me rethink my stance on romance centric books. There was just so much GOOD and AWESOME and SWEET! Even though they only knew each other for 24 hours, their relationship was built up in such a way that their strong feelings for each other felt very real and genuine. I love love love Oliver, and his name, and his accent. It was interesting to see both of the characters develop, change, and discover so many things about themselves and each other in such a short span of time.
Though the book kept the romance running the entire time, it didn't become boring or slow. Actually, the romance was so good, that when other things were going on I kept thinking just get back to Oliver already! The surrounding conflicts of their families give their characters room to grow and change.
Overall I think that this was a cute book that I can see myself recommending for its great characters and adorable premise.