“I hate airports.”
“Really?” Oliver says. “I love them.”
She’s convinced, for a moment, that he’s still teasing her, but then realizes he’s serious.
“I like how you’re neither here nor there. And how there’s nowhere else you’re meant to be while waiting. You’re just sort of… suspended.”
This is just one of many insightful moments by two teenagers in this lovely book. That’s really the only way to describe this novel; it’s just… lovely.
Oliver and Hadley meet in an airport. Hadley has just missed her flight to London, where she’s expected to see her dad marry a woman who is not her mother. Oliver is on his way home to London for a family affair. The two end up dozing on one another’s shoulders for the duration of the overseas flight. Separated at customs after a tantalizing kiss, Hadley isn’t sure she’ll ever see Oliver again. They exchanged no contact information, and she’s now running late–very late–to the ceremony. Will she ever see Oliver again?
“People who meet in airports are seventy-two percent more likely to fall for each other than people who meet anywhere else.”
“You’re ridiculous,” she says…
“Did you know that people who meet at least three different times within a twenty-four hour period are ninety-eight percent more likely to meet again?”
This time she doesn’t bother correcting him. Just this once, she’d like to believe that he’s right.
The entire novel takes place in a 24-hour period. Not only does it feature a “meet cute”, but the storyline ends up being much less predictable than you might think at the get-go. Through flashbacks, we learn about Hadley’s relationship with her parents, and the complexities of this weekend in London. Oliver’s situation turns out to be more complicated than we originally believe, and the two teenagers are able to support each other much more than your average airplane seatmate.
I would highly suggest this quick read for before-bed or pool-side light reading. It took me about three evenings to finish–and I tend to fall asleep quickly when I start reading at night.
In concordance with the many young adult blogs I read, I’d give this book lots of stars–if I gave books stars.
Jennifer E. Smith has written three other novels–You Are Here, The Storm Makers, and The Comeback Season–all of which are now on my TBR list.
Oh, and let’s add this to my Books I’d Like To See Made into Movies list.