Length: 236 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
From the publisher:
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. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother 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 sitting in her row.
A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?
Here’s what I thought:
I got an email right before Valentine’s Day offering me the chance to read this “romantic” book for the holiday, which sounded like fun. I actually ended up reading it towards the end of February, but then I promptly forgot about it and never posted my review. Thus I’m playing catch up with this one, while the story has pretty much faded from my memory (so please bear with me.)
The plot revolves around the characters of Hadley and Oliver, who meet on a red-eye flight to London and become friends. Hadley is on her way to her Dad’s wedding while Oliver is on his way to…something. Oliver is actually British, although he attends university in the U.S., so he is of course attractive to high-school senior Hadley (cute: check, older: check, accent: check check check).
So far so good, right? Except not so much. Even though all the elements were there for a sweet YA love story, this one did absolutely nothing for me. Both Oliver and Hadley come across as pretty bland, and Hadley is immature in a way that is annoying rather than charming. I also found it vaguely creepy that Oliver is into a 17-year-old girl (although admittedly I dated a guy in college while still in high school, so this is probably a sign that I’m officially an old fart.)
The aspects of the story that deal with family issues, particularly Hadley’s relationship with her dad, were probably the most interesting part of the book to me. The writing is not bad, but overall this one just fell flat for me. I didn’t feel any connection to the characters or spark in the romance, which for me was not even a love-at-first-sight scenario, regardless of the book’s title. I have to give this one a ‘meh’.
Ranty P.S. As someone who travels across the Atlantic on a bi-annual basis, there is NO WAY that Hadley is planning to fly to England, stay for one day, then return to the U.S. This makes absolutely no sense. It takes at least a week to get over the jet lag going in this direction, and why would she pay all that money to stay for one day? Seriously?
Non-Ranty P.P.S. I have said it before, but it bears repeating that I am picky about YA. This book wasn’t my thing, but it might be someone else’s. Grain of salt and all that.
Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for providing me with a copy of this book.
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