by Jennifer E. Smith
Publication Date: January 2nd 2012
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Challenges: Standalone, Contemporary
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?<3 I love books completely devoted to being a Young Adult romance, and this one is an amazing example. This book shows how just a few minutes can send your entire fate either falling to the floor or make your future infinitely better. Hadley was four minutes late. And then she met Oliver.
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.
Oliver was just... amazing. In the beginning he just pops into the story and I couldn't help but love him. And he's British. That's always good.
Hadley was a very strong main character who had an interesting story to tell, though there is a point in the book that she's a little bit of a stalker, and it's a little bit creepy I have to admit.
I know a big concern for many people was that this would be an insta-love book. I don't think the love is real obvious, but because I read the book in one day the book seemed really rushed and it seemed like there wasn't enough about the plane ride in the story, and that is where the characters get to know each other.
This is a very well written story that I recommend to Stephanie Perkins & contemporary romance fans.