Authors: Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House)
Date published: February 6, 2018
A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Flynn: At first we were almost strangers. But ever since I moved to New York, Amos was the one person I could count on. And together we were there for Poppy. (I mean, what kind of parents leave their kid to be raised by a nanny?) I just didn’t expect to fall for him—and I never expected him to leave us.
Amos: I thought I was the only one who felt it. I told myself it was because we were spending so much time together—taking care of Poppy and all. But that night, I could tell she felt it, too. And I freaked out—you’re not supposed to fall for your stepsister. So I ran away to boarding school. I should have told her why I was leaving, but every time I tried, it felt like a lie.
One missed flight was about to change their lives forever….
– My Review –
Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer’s Layover was a quick read that definitely awakened the wanderlust in me! Airports stress me out, but dealing with that stress is normally worth it because my being in an airport either means that I’m leaving on a trip, that I’m returning home from a trip, or that I’m picking up someone that I love! While airports definitely made an appearance in this book, though, they definitely weren’t the main focus. As you could tell from the synopsis, the main story is about Flynn and Amos who are step siblings … that have feelings for each other. They are not related by blood in any way, but they do have a little sister born from the marriage of Flynn’s father and Amos’ mother. So, that definitely complicates things for them even further!
I really rooted for Flynn and Amos to get together in this book, and the entire time that I was reading Layover definitely analyzed ever one of their obstacles. This book definitely explores the importance of family and familial relationships, while also examining what happens when two individuals have to handle feelings that our society discourages. I also found it interesting that Flynn and Amos’ little sister, Poppy, also got some of her own chapters in the book (meaning chapters from her perspective). While I enjoyed the above aspects of the book, sadly, I found that I didn’t click with any of the characters. They felt a little flat to me, or it could be that I simply couldn’t relate to any of them (or their individual situations). Overall, Layover was enjoyable though. It was a quick read, and I think it can also be read at any time of the year.
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