I actually read this book all the way back in September, but I just realized I never reviewed it! Actually, I didn’t have a review planned for today because I haven’t finished anything lately. So the fact that I read a very large number of books in September – click here to see them all – is totally saving my ass right now. Ok, on to the actual book review:
I’ve actually been seeing quite a few of Jennifer E. Smith’s books around the book blogging community, and picked this one up on a whim because it was on sale on iBooks (don’t get me started on the number of books I’ve purchased for this reason – I can’t resist books under $2, it’s impossible). It was a cute, quick read and I really enjoyed it.
Hadley Sullivan has missed her flight from JFK to London. Which means she’s probably going to miss her father’s second wedding to a woman she’s never met. It isn’t all that bad considering she doesn’t want to go to London in the first place. Then she meets the perfect boy. Oliver is smart, cute, and British. And sitting right next to her on her replacement flight. But when they land at Heathrow, chaos at customs separates them. Hadley’s forced to leave the airport without Oliver, or any way of contacting him. Fate brought them together once, maybe it will a second time.
Like I said, this book is cute. It was the perfect short, contemporary YA novel, and I’m pretty sure I read it in a single sitting. I really enjoyed the characters, and there was a depth to the book that I wasn’t expecting. To be honest, I can’t tell you why I picked this up, because, normally, I can’t stand the whole love-at-first-sight/Romeo & Juliet YA trope. But, somehow, this one worked for me. The characters were just the right amount of quirky, and I liked that the love story and humor were balanced out with a bit of real family drama.
I gave this book 3/3.5 stars. If you’re looking for a new contemporary YA read, I would definitely recommend it! It wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but it was just what I was looking for when I picked it up. I will definitely be reading more of Jennifer E. Smith’s books next time I’m in the mood for this genre.
If you’ve read this book, let me know what you think in the comments! And since Jennifer E. Smith has quite a few other books out, I’d love to hear which one is your favorite/which one you think I should read next.