Today should be one of the worst days of 17-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK and 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 18B. Hadley's in 18A.
In the tradition of great romantic movies, Hadley and Oliver fall in love on the flight from New York to London. After a cinematic kiss outside customs in Heathrow, Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos, and Hadley realizes that she doesn't even know his last name. Later, after her father's wedding ceremony, fate intervenes and sends Hadley through the streets of London, to another church and another ceremony: Oliver's father's funeral. Much to Hadley's shock, today should be one of the worst days of Oliver's life, too. And yet, today is the day that he met Hadley.
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.
Praise for The Comeback Season (S&S Childrens, May 2008): "Smith deftly twines strands of grief, romance, baseball, family and friendships lost...the present tense narrative has an immediacy that will engage readers and the supporting case is unusually vivid."
"But even though Smith's clean, uncomplicated prose and gently told story are more Sarah Dessen than Chris Crutcher, both romantics and sports fans alike will find something here to like."
Jennifer E. Smith is the author of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, The Geography of You and Me, This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. She currently lives in New York City.