Owen lives in the basement. Lucy lives on the 24th floor. But when the power goes out in the midst of a New York heatwave, they find themselves together for the first time: stuck in a lift between the 10th and 11th floors. As they await help, they start talking...
The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland they can't shake the memory of the time they shared. Postcards cross the globe when they themselves can't, as Owen and Lucy experience the joy - and pain - of first love.
And as they make their separate journeys in search of home, they discover that sometimes it is a person rather than a place that anchors you most in the world.
Timing is everything and little do Owen and Lucy know that one moment will change their lives forever. That moment, a blackout that causes them to be stuck in an elevator together between the 10th and 11th floor of their apartment block.
But for that moment it's unlikely that they would ever have spoken to each each other as their backgrounds are completely different, Lucy lives with her wealthy family on the 24th floor whereas Owen lives with his caretaker dad in the basement.
Their experience, albeit brief, creates a lasting bond with them that will keep them connected even when personal circumstances take them further apart from each other.
I loved the concept of how one moment can change your life forever. Told from a dual viewpoint, we follow Lucy and Owen's respective travels with their families which takes them further apart and leaves you wondering whether they are ever likely to meet again.
If I'm honest I have to admit that I'm definitely not the target audience for YA novels as it's been many years since I could consider myself one! But that being said I am able to enjoy them for what they are, in this case a sweet tale of first love although I did find myself wanting a little more at times.
I received a copy of this book to review from the publisher via NetGalley.