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 sitting in her row.
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.
"A gorgeous, heartwarming reminder of the power of fate... an endearing and lushly written account of how it feels to fall in love, the unique heartbreak of parental disappointment and what it means to forgive those who've hurt us deeply."
The New York Times Book Review
sweet, character-driven, romantic comedy with plenty of twists to keep readers
engaged and is sure to delight teens from beginning to end. Young adult readers
will enjoy reading about Hadley and Oliver, two characters who are familiar,
witty, and have terrific chemistry together. This book is highly recommended
and would be a great addition to any library serving teens who enjoy romance
and realistic fiction. Be prepared to have this book fly of the shelves."
VOYA (starred review)
Jennifer E. Smith is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here and The Comeback Season. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City.