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?Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.
Hadley’s parents are divorced and she lives with her mother while her father moves to England. Now seventeen years old, Hadley is invited to her father’s second wedding in London and if it hadn’t been her mother who forced her to go, she wouldn’t have left at all. However, Hadley misses her first flight and she gets stuck in the airport for a few hours until her next flight. Seems like fate is messing up with her…no? But there’s always a bright side in every unfortunate event, isn’t it? There she meets a boy who also happens to sit in the same row as she’s in the plane.
I admit that the title screams insta-love and there were few unrealistic coincidences but I wasn’t annoyed at all. In fact, I don’t think the romance in the book is insta-love. Jennifer E. Smith wove the story nicely and subtly that it actually felt like they had known each other for longer than mere 24 hours.
I really enjoyed this book and it did satisfy my contemporary needs. This book doesn’t only touch the subject of romantic love, but there’s also a second theme that I didn’t expect before: love between parents and children. There was so much more in this book than romance, there were also forgiveness and second chances. And I just have to give applause to the author for Hadley’s subtle change. The book isn’t thick – I devoured it quickly and what a satisfying experience it was. It made me smile and want to hug the book for how sweet it is.
TSPOLAFS was a light read with serious undertones – I couldn’t help but to shed a tear once. I have no other words but one: SWEET.