Layover

Layover

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 be...

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Title:Layover
Author:Amy Andelson
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Layover Reviews

  • Julie

    This one looks phenomenal! Can't wait to read it!

  • Sophie

    An ARC has been kindly given by Random House Children via Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion

    4 stars

    What a super cute book!

    It really was kids against adult.

    And what kids!

    You have little Poppy around ten yea

    An ARC has been kindly given by Random House Children via Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion

    4 stars

    What a super cute book!

    It really was kids against adult.

    And what kids!

    You have little Poppy around ten years old. She is the kid gluing her older siblings together as they were from two different families. Poppy is just adorable. She has a special condition that will never be named but that makes her the odd kid at school. The one the other children are mocking as kids can be mean. The one all alone at lunch. The one with an old soul and an irresistible smile.

    Poppy has two fantastic siblings. Flynn her dad’s daughter and Amos her mom’s son. I swear I’ve rarely read about brother and sisters as united as these were. I guess when your parents work so much and travel all the time leaving you with the nanny/cook you learn to fend for yourself and create your own family unit.

    Flynn will very soon be sixteen and has always felt different from the other girls. She is authentic. She has never had a boyfriend just for the sake of it as she wants more than make out sessions. She wants feelings too. But being the girl that “has never done it” can feel awkward too.

    We all know what Flynn is going through as we experienced it in our youth. Peer pressure. Wanting “in” and yet keeping your own personality. Not just being a copycat but remaining our own person while fitting in the teenage crowd.

    Amos. Handsome and aloof Amos. Seventeen and confident Amos. Amos who left for boarding school without warning Flynn because he was falling for his stepsister. Amos who is feeling adrift without Flynn and yet can’t tell her everything. Now he is back for winter break things are awkward.

    They used to be so close together but now Flynn can barely look at Amos.

    He can tell she is changed.

    The kids were supposed to join their parents on a trip but when learning what was waiting for them the three siblings decided to run while waiting for their layover plane in LA.

    It will be two days to reconnect. Two days to celebrate “us”. Two days to let the adults know that they matter. They are a family unit and can’t be disposed of as it pleases the parents.

    I really had a wonderful time reading this uncomplicated but well executed story. I loved the kids loyalty. They have each other’s back and it was really heart warming to read especially when my own children fight to much!

    Told from three POV this book broaches many topics about teenage years in a realistic way:

    -how you try to fit in and should you fit in;

    -what it feels to be different and mocked;

    -first love, first kiss, first…;

    -making mistakes at parties and regretting it;

    -finding oneself. Find your own way and fight for it;

    -experimenting grief and surviving it;

    -…

    Parents read this book. Kids notice. Kids have feelings. They want your love your support and no money can compensate for this.

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  • Morris

    “Layover” is a family drama that tugs at the heartstrings and features a sweet romance. While the plot is somewhat implausible, the family dynamics are something many of us can identify with on at least some level. Recommended for the romance lovers out there looking for a story with bite.

    This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

  • Flavia

    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 Fl

    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.

  • Jemima

    Just like the book, I'll keep this review rather 'simple'. I relatively use the word 'simple' because it was a simple book to read- no unnecessary hoo-ha. It was a fun, quick book. Exactly something you'd pick on a layover :)

    It's 'almost' a coming of age book... maybe?

    It's told in the POV of three people- Flynn, Amos and Poppy.

    I enjoyed this book but there was just something missing. I a

    Just like the book, I'll keep this review rather 'simple'. I relatively use the word 'simple' because it was a simple book to read- no unnecessary hoo-ha. It was a fun, quick book. Exactly something you'd pick on a layover :)

    It's 'almost' a coming of age book... maybe?

    It's told in the POV of three people- Flynn, Amos and Poppy.

    I enjoyed this book but there was just something missing. I am not sure what that is but I do know that there was something missing...something that would make me go "WOW".

    This book is an adventure- a moment of rebellious desires for these three young adults before their foundation is torn apart.

    Layover is a feel good, fun filled book with just the right amount of excitement and hope.

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  • Michelle

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:

    **Layover is a young adult contemporary novel by authors Amy Andelson & Emily Meyer. I love a great sibling story, which is exactly what I got with Layover. Layover follows three step-siblings- Amos, Flynn & Poppy. Layover felt refreshing and delightfully "not canned". I really enjoyed the emotional themes explored as well as the dynamic between the characters. There is a romance as well, but it didn't take ove

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:

    **Layover is a young adult contemporary novel by authors Amy Andelson & Emily Meyer. I love a great sibling story, which is exactly what I got with Layover. Layover follows three step-siblings- Amos, Flynn & Poppy. Layover felt refreshing and delightfully "not canned". I really enjoyed the emotional themes explored as well as the dynamic between the characters. There is a romance as well, but it didn't take over the story and best of all, it didn't take anything away for our three main characters and the other things they are going through. 

    Layover is told in the point of views of Poppy, Amos and Flynn. I really liked this multiple perspective format. It was great to see the rotating chapters because we got to delve deeper into what each of the siblings were going through. Let's start with Flynn. Flynn's mom has just passed away, so she goes to live with her father and step-mom, which is Amos and Poppy's mother. Then we have Amos, who escaped to boarding school to run away from his budding feelings for Flynn. Amos definetly had a certain brooding quality about him, so if you are a fan of that, Amos will be your guy! I actually really liked Amos. And finally, we have little Poppy, who is the youngest, and who suffers from severe anxiety. It is Poppy who finds out what her parents plan to tell the three of them in Bora Bora. 

    The story picks up with the siblings missing their flight, because they know bad news is waiting for them when they get to their parents. Instead they decide to go off on an adventure of sorts, just the three of them. I think I loved Poppy most of all. I thought her issues at school made her seem very relateable and I loved that her voice felt very age appropriate. I enjoyed Flynn and Amos' chapters as well, but there were times that Flynn got on my nerves a bit. Nothing big though. 

    For me the shining part of the book was just watching the three characters interact and be there for one another. I loved how both Flynn and Amos were there for Poppy. You can tell the three of them genuinely care about one another. Plus, the ending was excellent. I thought it was wrapped up perfectly. Totally satisfying. If you like books that are heavily character driven and focus on the relationships between the characters, Layover is a book I think you should check out. I liked this one. It was good quick read for me. Also, isn't the cover just fabulous?! I am completely in love with it. 

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  • Kelley

    I really wanted to like this book, but I guess you don’t always get what you want. I found this book on Goodreads awhile ago and wanted to see where this story was going to go. I didn’t connect with any of the characters and the story just didn’t seem realistic to me. Through the entire novel I just didn’t feel connected with any of character and I just wanted to know more about all of them. Parts of the story had me interested but I was never as invested in the characters or the story as I shou

    I really wanted to like this book, but I guess you don’t always get what you want. I found this book on Goodreads awhile ago and wanted to see where this story was going to go. I didn’t connect with any of the characters and the story just didn’t seem realistic to me. Through the entire novel I just didn’t feel connected with any of character and I just wanted to know more about all of them. Parts of the story had me interested but I was never as invested in the characters or the story as I should have been.

    Longer review to come soon!

  • alexis

    *Huge thanks to Crown Books for sending me a copy of the Layover*

    DNF @ 10%

    Normally, I don't DNF books I am sent for review, but

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    . In every POV, there were instances of it.

    *Huge thanks to Crown Books for sending me a copy of the Layover*

    DNF @ 10%

    Normally, I don't DNF books I am sent for review, but

    is one of the few exceptions because of its

    &

    . In every POV, there were instances of it.

    Because, of course, other girls who dance and want to have fun are desperate while not doing it makes you cool.

    Because, of course, girls who post selfies and want attention are inherently below other people.

    Because, of course, calling the dresses of other girls "dumb" while talking about how your love interest only wears sweaters is so not early 2000s YA content...

    That was the nail in the coffin. I truly have no desire to read books, especially Young Adult ones, that treat other girls like this. I want us to move past a point when being the "not like other girls" heroine is still lauded as cool. There's nothing wrong with posting selfies and wearing dresses just like there's also nothing wrong with not doing those things. However, making one better than the other & trying to belittle people for doing so is a solid "no" for me.

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