During this last trip, she ends up working it with Jack Stone, a hot flight attendant. She apparently hates him. And therein lies my problem with the “enemies to lovers” trope. Most of the time, stories that follow this trope are so mild with the reasoning as to why they’re enemies, and it’s almost always one sided. Like for me, to make “enemies to lovers” a legit thing, it needs to be something so awful that you end up hating them too.
Common Themes + My Opinion:
The common theme in Ava’s story is the sense of stability, but also settling. Ava was willing to settle with Alexander given that he was offering her a version of stability she wasn’t sure was for her. She realizes that in accepting Alexander’s stability, it’s at the sacrifice of her own self and who she is at her core. She’s made herself small to fit into Alexander’s world, who we learn didn’t sacrifice much to be with Ava despite her willingness to sacrifice herself.
Final Thoughts + Rating:
Overall, “The Layover” was a cute read. It gave me a bit of wanderlust as we followed Ava’s adventures on her last trip. I love the airport and the hustle and bustle of traveling, despite not doing it often, and reading this book reminded me of that. It also reminded me that what you seek may not come in the way you think you want it, but the way you need it. That, and never settle for controlling and demanding men who want to subdue you in exchange for something (money, stability, etc).
Did you read “The Layover?” Let me know in the comments!