Love and Other Train Wrecks
A twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet—and perhaps change their minds about love—on a train ride to Upstate New York in the middle of a snowstormOne train ride. Two strangers.Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s heading back home for one last chance with his first love, whom he broke up with when he went off to college.Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—her parents being prime examples. She’s escaping from a mom who can’t take care of her to a dad who may not even want her. That is, until one winter night when Noah and Ammy find themselves in the same Amtrak car heading to Upstate New York.After a train-wreck first encounter between the two of them, the Amtrak train suddenly breaks down due to a snowstorm. Desperate to make it to their destinations, Noah and Ammy have no other option but to travel together. What starts off as a minor detour turns into the whirlwind journey of a lifetime, and over the course of the night they fall in love. But come morning their adventure takes an unexpected turn for the worst. Can one night can really change how they feel about love...and the course of their lives forever?

Love and Other Train Wrecks Details

TitleLove and Other Train Wrecks
Author
ReleaseJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
ISBN-139780062402523
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Love and Other Train Wrecks Review

  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I do enjoy a story with a known and specific time frame to it, so I was pretty eager to get to it. I liked Noah. He’s sweet and maybe a bit nerdy, but pretty adorable. Ammy is smart and loyal and having a hard time with what’s going on in her life. Because of that, she lashes out. A lot. So much that I struggled to root for her. Plot wise, it was like a YA Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. I enjoyed all of the little mishaps and obstacles they had to deal with. There is a slight reveal that I was I do enjoy a story with a known and specific time frame to it, so I was pretty eager to get to it. I liked Noah. He’s sweet and maybe a bit nerdy, but pretty adorable. Ammy is smart and loyal and having a hard time with what’s going on in her life. Because of that, she lashes out. A lot. So much that I struggled to root for her. Plot wise, it was like a YA Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. I enjoyed all of the little mishaps and obstacles they had to deal with. There is a slight reveal that I wasn’t expecting and how that’s handled was frustrating and satisfying at the same time. Overall, I did want to love this book like crazy, but just couldn’t fully get behind Amy’s journey. **Huge thanks to Katherine Tegen Books for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    2.75 Stars "'Here goes,' I say, without turning to her.I slide the safety latch on the bottom. Then I grab the long handle in the middle. It turns under my weight, easier than it should be. The door opens, and there it is. The whole world in front of us.Our adventure, beckoning." This is a good winter season contemporary, but I only really connected with one half of the couple, so the entire story fell a bit flat for me. I love the meeting and sense of serendipitous adventure that Ammy and Noa 2.75 Stars "'Here goes,' I say, without turning to her.I slide the safety latch on the bottom. Then I grab the long handle in the middle. It turns under my weight, easier than it should be. The door opens, and there it is. The whole world in front of us.Our adventure, beckoning." This is a good winter season contemporary, but I only really connected with one half of the couple, so the entire story fell a bit flat for me. I love the meeting and sense of serendipitous adventure that Ammy and Noah find themselves in - even with the many snags, their journey is nice to see. And I did think the romance was sweet and fluffy, with a healthy dose of snarky and angst. Unfortunately, I wasn't the biggest fan of Ammy. I just didn't really connect with her, and our personalities didn't mesh well. Plus, I found her to be annoyingly indignant at times, and it kinda rubbed me the wrong way. Despite not loving Ammy, I though the story was nice and enjoyable for the most part.I received a copy of the book from Katherine Tegen Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sam Kozbial
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Konen's last book, The Romantics, and had high hopes for this book. I am happy to report, that Love and Other Train Wrecks delighted me in many of the same ways.•Pro: Noah was a sweet cupcake and I loved him. He was not perfect, as I found out, but he had a huge and beautiful, if slightly misguided, heart. •Pro: I loved the dynamic between Ammy and Noah. Eavesdropping on their conversations was quite a treat, and seeing them go from strangers to enemies to friends to more warmed I really enjoyed Konen's last book, The Romantics, and had high hopes for this book. I am happy to report, that Love and Other Train Wrecks delighted me in many of the same ways.•Pro: Noah was a sweet cupcake and I loved him. He was not perfect, as I found out, but he had a huge and beautiful, if slightly misguided, heart. •Pro: I loved the dynamic between Ammy and Noah. Eavesdropping on their conversations was quite a treat, and seeing them go from strangers to enemies to friends to more warmed my heart. •Pro: Both Ammy and Noah were nursing some serious guilt, and Konen's slow reveal really had quite an impact. •Pro: This was a physical and emotional journey for both Ammy and Noah. As they shared their stories with each other, they realized a lot of important things about themselves. •Pro: There is a lot of bookish love in this story, as both Ammy and Noah are book lovers. I have to award bonus points for that. •Pro: There were some humorous travel snafus a la Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. I felt bad to for Ammy and Noah, but I also couldn't hold back my laughter. •Pro: The duel point of view was used quite well, and I was especially fond of when Konen had those little overlaps. I love when we get to experience the same moment from both POVs. •Pro: I am going to give Konen a round of applause for that big speed bump she threw in there. I did NOT see that coming. •Pro: The ending is a big YES! from me. If you read this, you will understand a why I liked it so much. (hint: I got closure.)Overall: This was a trip worth taking! I really enjoyed making this journey with Ammy and Noah as each of them "unpacked" some of their emotional luggage and filled in those spaces with much better things.*I would like to thank the publisher for the review copy of this book. BLOG | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
    January 1, 1970
    *ARC Kindly provided by Katherine Tegen Books thru Edelweiss for review*A rather quick and fun story that spans a day. It sounds very J.E Smith at first but then the flow of the story was rather different.Full Review to follow.
  • Sara (sarabara081)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find more of my review at Forever 17 Books.I adore books with a romance steming from strangers meeting one night through extraordinary circumstances, especially when it comes to delayed traveling and crazy adventures. In Love and Other Train Wrecks we have two strangers who wound up next to each other on a train that breaks down. They decide to take a risk and embark on a crazy adventure to reach their destinations but didn’t plan on the feelings they would develop in the process.Noah wa You can find more of my review at Forever 17 Books.I adore books with a romance steming from strangers meeting one night through extraordinary circumstances, especially when it comes to delayed traveling and crazy adventures. In Love and Other Train Wrecks we have two strangers who wound up next to each other on a train that breaks down. They decide to take a risk and embark on a crazy adventure to reach their destinations but didn’t plan on the feelings they would develop in the process.Noah was my favorite of the two characters. He was a little nerdy but pretty adorable and sweet. He is on board the train with an elaborate romantic plan to try to win back his ex and the more we find out the circumstances of their relationship and the breakup, the more we discover it’s guilt driving him instead of love. It was like we are seeing all of the ways they didn’t work as he is realizing it and that just opened his eyes more and more to the girl he is having this adventure with. Ammy was heading to surprise her father at his wedding, burdened with her own guilt of leaving her mother behind in such a fragile state. Her family life is quite complicated and she was struggling with her place among it all. Ammy wasn’t quite as likable for me but I understood her motivations though maybe not so much how she went about it. The two of them sort of butt heads at first, and well on and off throughout their adventure, but they decide to work together to reach their destinations, even when fate seems to be throwing them off course at every turn.As far as the adventure went, I thought it was a lot of fun and I had to laugh at some of the predicaments they got themselves into. The romance felt a little flat to me though. I didn’t feel much chemistry between the two of them and perhaps that was because Ammy was a little prickly, especially with all that is going on in her life. The ending felt a little rushed as well and I wanted more from it. But the author was able to create a cute story about letting go and moving on with a little twist thrown in that made the book overall enjoyable.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Reminded me of whichever story in Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances where the teens are stranded on the train in the snow and then they have to leave the train and trek out into the snow and fall in love, etc. (It's been a while since I read Let It Snow, can you tell?)
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  • Dayla
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.This was an adorable read that spans the entirety of a day and then some. I loved how cheesy some of the lines were and the whole concept was something I ate up like candy. One of my only complaints revolved around Ammy’s constant reminder that Noah was acting too boy-ish in offering to carry her things or in the comments he made. I get what the intention was, but it just came off as a bit snobby. She is a hella ju I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.This was an adorable read that spans the entirety of a day and then some. I loved how cheesy some of the lines were and the whole concept was something I ate up like candy. One of my only complaints revolved around Ammy’s constant reminder that Noah was acting too boy-ish in offering to carry her things or in the comments he made. I get what the intention was, but it just came off as a bit snobby. She is a hella judgmental person who admittedly changes her ways, but wow, it was tough sometimes. Noah had his moments too where he played the role of “knows exactly what to say” guy. While some of their comments and attitudes frustrated me, the combination of her no-nonsense attitude and his naïve and romantic way of thinking was actually pretty entertaining. My second complaint is regarding Ammy’s familial situation and its resolution. It’s a mess and I kind of feel like it was a tangled mess that got untangled a little too easily/quickly? I’m horrible with grudges, so I always find it so difficult to believe that one can be dropped so quickly (in the span of a day?). Though there’s a comment thrown in there to let us know that not everything is resolved completely, it was all finished off with a pretty bow. It left me feeling kind of confused as to how such huge topics got resolved so quickly when they were so monumental during the whole book. I didn’t really mind the insta-love in this because considering the circumstances, it makes sense. Plus, it was inevitable. I’m a sucker for a one-day adventure romance. Despite my negative comments, I really did enjoy this book for what it was. It had humour, romance, adventure, and a quick pace. Once I truly started it (during the day and not minutes before falling asleep), it was hard to put it down. I will admit that I liked Noah a lot more than Ammy (if that’s not obvious), but the chemistry between the two was what made the book shine. Happy reading!
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusThis was rather fun, but it's more of a YA book due to language. Bonus points for including some adventure with the romance, and fantastic descriptions of riding on commuter trains on the east coast. Felt like a movie from the 1950s. Definitely investigate for high school.
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  • Sidni
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this book! It was fun to read and I always wanted to keep reading. There is a little plot twist that may or may not shock you. I really like how the point of view between Ammy and Noah switched often. It gave me a good look of how the two felt while on their trip.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)This was a contemporary romance story about a guy and girl who met on a train.I liked Ammy and Noah in this story, although I thought they were kind of nuts at times. Getting off of a train to go walk in the snow with a total stranger sounds a little too risky to me!The storyline in this was about Ammy and Noah meeting on a train on the way to New York. The train then broke down, and Ammy and Noah got off a (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)This was a contemporary romance story about a guy and girl who met on a train.I liked Ammy and Noah in this story, although I thought they were kind of nuts at times. Getting off of a train to go walk in the snow with a total stranger sounds a little too risky to me!The storyline in this was about Ammy and Noah meeting on a train on the way to New York. The train then broke down, and Ammy and Noah got off and started to walk to catch a bus instead, thus starting an eventful journey. I did think that this was a little crazy though, and I wasn’t expecting the little twist we got thrown near the end. The ending to this was okay, and things ended happily enough.★★★★★★☆☆☆☆6.25 out of 10
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