Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Published: January 2, 2012 by Poppy
Challenge: 2012 Completely Contemp Challenge, 2012 Standalone Challenge
Summary: 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.
Review: This was such a cute and fun book! I've tried to read both of Jennifer E. Smith's previous books and could never get into them enough to finish. But the title on this book alone had me hooked!
Although the title did have me hooked I was still worried that the story would have too much "insta-love." But fear not! I was really quite surprised by how much development was in both the relationship and the characters. Especially since the story takes place over a 24-hour period.
Hadley was such an awesome girl! She was full of sarcasm and humor and overall greatness. Oliver was also just as funny and wonderful. It was nice to see that each of them also had issues that went deeper than just missing a flight or going somewhere they didn't want to be.
The ending was left open but I like to imagine my own happy ending for the characters. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, and I was even more surprised by how much development was put into the characters and relationship. The characters felt real and the relationship wasn't forced or insta-love-ish.
This was a great book that everyone who like a quick and fun book should read!