Wednesday, March 07, 2012

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. She's stuck at JFK, 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 18C. Hadley's in 18A.

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.


This is the first time that I will only blog about one book. I'm glad that I stayed up very late until 4 in the morning to finish this book. I wasn't disappointed. I find a lot of humor between Hadley and Oliver, and in every conversation they emerged. They fit very well together. This line towards the end got me smiling whenever I read it again, "“I can't believe you're here," she says, her voice soft. "I can't believe you found me"; "You found me first," he says, and when he leans to kiss her, it's slow and sweet and she knows that this will be the one she always remembers. Because while the other two kisses felt like endings, this one is unquestionably a beginning.” Awwwww ♥ And the unexpected kiss at the airport? It was very romantic. I wouldn't want it any other way. ♥

So after I finished reading, my heart kind of leaped out of my chest on it's own. It always amaze me how love at first sight works. Imagine, you are living in a world with billions of people in it and yet suddenly you meet the right person and your whole world stops. Definitely, true love is just around the corner. ♥

Anyway, I got too emotional with the book mainly because I kind of relate myself to both protagonist's family issues. I love how Hadley handled her issues one step at a time and I get to witness how she grew up slowly and accept everything. She really underwent the five stages of grief. She's brave and I admired her a lot. And for Oliver, I can tell that you can easily get along with him. He also have family issues on his own, but he managed to stay strong and be happy in front of other people. I learned a lot of lessons here and there's also one thing that I proved to be true, "Be gentle to people you meet. Everyone is fighting a hard battle."

I really wonder if I get to the point like Hadley where I will have to witness one of my parents get married again to another person. I had mentioned on one of my previous post that I want out of this misery. Now I thought that escaping doesn't solve anything. It just gives you a temporary relief and you'll only suffer alone and I wouldn't want to go through with it. Yes the pain will always be there, you just have to make room for it and give yourself enough time to heal. I know I'm a part of my parent's life and whatever happens, I still want to be a part of their life/new life in any ways. I realized that I shouldn't be too hard to the both of them. I should quit blaming and give them a chance. I just really wish that whatever they decide, I hope they're happy. And I wish for myself that I will be strong enough to accept things and move on and be happy as well.

So I stayed up almost until 6 in the morning jotting this review on my phone's notepad. Ha! Sorry but the words/sentences keep on popping out of my head every time I feel giddy about a certain thing especially books. :)
"Not everyone makes it fifty-two years, and if you do, it doesn't matter that you once stood in front of all those people and said that you would. The important part is that you had someone to stick by you all that time. Even when everything sucked." - Jennifer E. Smith

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