Published by Poppy
Date Published: January 2, 2012
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?First off, it's tough to put into words my love for this book. When I picked it up at BEA, I thought the cover was cute and the summary sounded good so I was glad to have gotten a copy. After coming home and going through my books, this one kept catching my eye and I really wanted to see what it was about. So I read the first chapter. I finished the book that night.
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 18B. 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 was seriously not expecting to love this book so much. Not that I expected bad things but I just had never heard of it before or any of Jennifer's other books. But I was way pleasantly surprised as I sat down and tore through this book. One of my favorite things about it? The timeline. This book takes place over a period of 24 hours. It's tough to get anything done in that amount of time let alone fall in love but wow. Jennifer made it happen. Ever since reading Gayle Forman's books, which both take place over the course of 24 hours, I knew I would love that aspect of it. She did wonders in that time limit. I can only hope I find true love so quickly.
The two main characters, Hadley (love that name) and Oliver (another awesome name), meet in an airport terminal after Hadley missed her initial flight to London for her dad's wedding. But luckily for her, Oliver is on the same flight to London and happens to be sitting beside her on the flight. How fortunate. And how can you not fall in love on a plane? Have you ridden on one? So romantic and cozy! But really, it works. After they land, it only becomes much more of a journey of finding what they loved most. Each other.
This book seriously knocked me off my feet the entire time I was reading it and made me want to find a girl just like Hadley to fall in love with. And for the ladies in the room, you will adore Oliver and his Britishness. He's actually quite smooth with his words. I could only wish to be as smooth. I highly recommend this book to readers and lovers (like myself) of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins! It has a lot of the same feel and definitely the sweet, "awww" scenes.
I can't wait for this book to finally release so I can promote a book that I loved with all my heart. Seriously. Remember this book. It will be big.