by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by: Poppy
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Big Themes: Love, Travel, Divorce, Fate
Hadley is on her way to her father's second wedding, and she's not happy about it. But then she meets Oliver, completely by chance, because she missed her flight. Their chance meeting might make you believe in fate... and love at first sight.
Love the Cover:
Very rarely do I bring up covers in my reviews. But I adore this cover. I love the black and white with red accents. I love the font choice. I love the couple kissing as the rest of the world seems to fly by them. I wish I could give a bonus to the person who designed this cover because they probably pushed me to pick up this contemporary read.
Hadley and Oliver's Chance Romance:
I love that they met as a result of a missed flight. I love the setting being in a busy airport. I love their hushed conversations on the plane ride. I love everything about their 24 hour romance. Probably because I'm a sucker for the idea of fate, and I'd love to meet someone in this way. Being out and about and suddenly being blindsided by love at first sight. I could totally go for more contemporary books in this vein.
Hadley's Parents and Family Issues:
On the one hand, I liked that Hadley had this inner conflict going on. It gave her character depth and provided an emotional journey that I'm sure a lot of teens can connect with. However, I found myself being frustrated by the frequency of flashbacks and emphasis on family drama because I really just wanted to read about Oliver and Hadley's romance. So my frustration was entirely selfish in nature because I just wanted to read the happy mushy stuff. So the pacing felt slow when I was reading about the family drama, but I recognize that this content added depth to the story.
I gave this book three stars. Keep in mind that I don't really enjoy contemporary fiction, especially books that deal with real life problems (such as divorce and split families). But the premise of meeting someone in an airport and the romance was lovely. Most people adore this book, and I did enjoy it, but not enough to bump it to four stars.