Genre: YA, Contemporary
My rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis from goodreads:
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.
This book has done nothing but make me smile the whole way through! I've been on a contemporary kick lately and have heard so many great things about this story, so I had a feeling I would love it, and clearly I did. I just love the tone of the book and how it alternates between being light and witty, and then real and emotional. You can't help but get caught up in Hadley and Oliver's budding romance, and after a while it's hard to believe that everything they go through has only happened over the course of one day.
The book starts off with Hadley missing her flight to London; where her dad is getting married to a woman she's never met. But missing her flight is pretty much the best thing that could ever happen to her, because it led to her meeting a very swoon-worthy boy named Oliver (who by the way has an English accent, which is always a plus!). The chemistry that these two have and the ease at which they get to know eachother is so delightful and believable, and I loved every second they were together. This is a couple I was rooting for from the very beginning, because it's so clear that they're meant to be together. With them the author does so well at covering all of the emotions that go along with falling in love: the uncertainty, excitement, shyness, longing, compulsive thoughts, and a fear that you're maybe misreading the signs--all of these are honest and accurate depictions.
There were moments when the plot detours into specific memories that belong to Hadley, and I think that fit into the plot well and made Hadley more relatable. It's clear that Hadley and Oliver both have family issues that are weighing them down, which in a way solidifies their connection even more. They were there for eachother at a time when it seemed like no one else could bring them comfort.
I absolutely loved the last chapter of the book because instead of feeling like an ending, it gives you the distinct impression of a wonderful beginning. I will definitely be re-reading this book whenever I need a heartfelt smile and laugh.
So pick up this book if you're looking for a genuine, feel-good novel--one that is made up of first loves, self-discovery, the possibility of fate, and the journey and connection of two people getting to know eachother.