Published by Poppy on January 2, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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
What I thought…
- I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but I love books with time limits. 1 year, 6 months, 1 day whatever I just love the feeling of knowing that X has to happen by a certain time. Even though TSPOLAFS doesn’t have a time limit in the traditional sense there is still a time crunch.
- This is going to sound strange, but the prologue was my favorite chapter in the book. I loved the way it was written, setting the book up with all the little minute things that went wrong to lead to the 4 minute difference between making her flight and missing it. I was completely sold on this book by page 3.
- TSPOLAFS was less about romance and more about Hadley and what she learns about herself and her relationship with her parents. She struggles with both her mom and her dad for very different reasons. The scenes (good and bad) with her dad were heartbreaking.
- Hadley and Oliver’s romance was really sweet, filled with “almost” and “maybe” moments. I liked that it was not insta-love between the two of them. They liked each other and they connected but it wasn’t over the top.
- I liked both Hadley and Oliver. Oliver was nerdy, funny and British. Hadley was real. Not over the top teenage angst like and not all perfect, but real. Hadley’s not happy with a lot of these (her parents divorce, the second wedding) and Oliver helps her work through some of that, but not in an obvious way.
- I enjoyed Hadley’s flashbacks and the insight they gave you. They weren’t in any kind of chronological order, but they fit with what she was feeling, in the present. It was much better than “this is what happened in the past, so now here’s the present.”
Overall I enjoyed the book, but not as much as Lola and the Boy Next Door.