Bought from my local Independent Bookstore
Published December 21, 2011
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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.
I immediately fell in love with the main character, Hayden. She was independent, really caring and quirky! It was endearing that she was afraid of small spaces and that Oliver, the leading guy, had to comfort her while they were on the plane. I loved that they talked about anything and everything, from deep conversations about their family to the different cloud types.
Before I started the book, I thought the entire story was going to take place while the two were stuck in the airport or on a plane, but thankfully I was wrong. I was able to get a glimpse of London too, thanks to Smith's amazingly detailed descriptions of the scenery. I felt like I was walking the streets with Hadley and seeing the sights through her eyes.
I absolutely adored the relationship between Hadley and Oliver, it was perfect. I thought that it would feel fake since the story is told over a twenty-four hour period (which was so awesome and totally unique) but it never felt rushed or insincere. These two are the definition of love at first sight.
I also really enjoyed the complexity of Hadley and her dad's relationship. Her thoughts and actions towards him were realistic. I loved how I felt mixed emotions about Hadley's father. One minute I felt sympathy for him and then I'd think he was just a selfish jerk.
The ending was just oh so perfect. Since the book is a little on the short side, page wise, I was worried that the ending would have arrived too suddenly, but it happened at just the right time. I loved the ups and downs of their newly budded 'maybe-relationship' and thought the ending was definitely my cup of tea... err coffee since I don't drink tea, but you get my point!
(Talking about marriage...)
"Not everyone makes it fifty-two years, and if you do, it doesn't matter that you once stood in front of all those people and said that you would. The important part is that you had someone to stick by you all that time. Even when everything sucked."
TSPoLaFS is a fast paced read that I definitely recommend to any fan of young adult contemporary books. I really enjoyed the realistic main characters and the connection they had with one another. It also was a great experience to read a book that takes place in real time where you get to follow Hadley on her twenty-four hour adventure.