Field Notes on Love
Having just been dumped by his girlfriend, British-born Hugo is still determined to take his last-hurrah-before-college train trip across the United States. One snag: the companion ticket is already booked under the name of his ex, Margaret Campbell. Nontransferable, no exceptions.Enter the new Margaret C. (Mae for short), an aspiring filmmaker with big dreams. After finding Hugo's spare ticket offer online, she's convinced it's the perfect opportunity to expand her horizons.When the two meet, the attraction is undeniable, and both find more than they bargained for. As Mae pushes Hugo to explore his dreams for his future, he'll encourage her to channel a new, vulnerable side of her art. But when life off the train threatens the bubble they've created for themselves, will they manage to keep their love on track?

Field Notes on Love Details

TitleField Notes on Love
Author
ReleaseMar 5th, 2019
PublisherDelacorte Press
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Field Notes on Love Review

  • Katie (Lost in Pages)
    January 1, 1970
    I just don’t think anything can be better than Statistical Probability for me. I made the mistake of reading that one first, and the rest haven’t been as good. I still did enjoy this story, it was cute and adventurous, and I liked seeing both Hugo and Mae’s journeys.
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Delacorte Press through advanced distribution at YALLFest. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. I received this book at the Get Underlined tarot card reading session during Yallfest, and I don't think I read my future right. We were allowed to pick 2 books out of the 4 that was there, and I immediatel Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Delacorte Press through advanced distribution at YALLFest. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. I received this book at the Get Underlined tarot card reading session during Yallfest, and I don't think I read my future right. We were allowed to pick 2 books out of the 4 that was there, and I immediately snatched up Come Find Me by Megan Miranda 'cause we know I'm Miranda trash. However, I flopped over the other 3 on what to pick, and I finally went with this one because the cover was really cute. I didn't put it together until much later that it was by Jennifer E. Smith, whose The Statistical Probability of Love I really enjoyed. This book was...I just...it was just so MEH? There was not much to it. It was just...fluff? filler? fluffy filler? I'm 200% down for fluff, but it has to have actual things behind the fluff. I felt like this book just sat there the entire time, and I just looked at the words, and they tried to make some sense, but they just fell so flat.The entire plot was Hugo and Mae on a train. Mae was trying to find who she was after she was rejected from film school for a film that wasn't her. Hugo was trying to escape the life of being forever surrounded by his famous sextuplet family. They find their paths colliding after Hugo puts out a request for a Margaret Campbell online, since his train trip across the United States required one after his Margaret Campbell drops out.There was a LOT of potential. I mean, a LOT. I love me some travel stories, some fluffy romance, some emotional depth and reflection. I mean, this characters were going on a JOURNEY - both physically and mentally and emotionally and I was down! I down was down for the train ride.However, every chance this book got it, it just...stalled. The train never started on the track. It just sat there, and I was the car that was needed to get on the other side, and it blocked my way and even looping around it DID NOTHING.The characters were blah. Hugo and Mae were both extremely bland. I didn't connect with either. I had hopes for the family, but I felt like Hugo's family just blended together into one big blob. I did like Mae's dads and her grandmother, but I also felt like Mae's grandmother became into a bit of a cliche? I had hopes AGAIN that maybe they would run into some cool eccentric characters on their train ride that would be fun and quirky, but everyone felt like the next one. I don't even remember Mae's best friend's name.The romance was...well, it was there. They were...I just...THEY WERE SO EH. I never felt any tension between them. It was very fast and abrupt and SO FAST. I will admit that I can get behind instalove occasionally if done right, but this was just...they were trusting each other fully on the first night and feeling deeps feels. I just.And the romance felt like really the only plot? I mean, they were focused on Hugo setting off on his own and Mae doing movie things, but they didn't do much to me. There were all the parts together, but I never really connected with them. The best part was the premise of Hugo trying to find Mae, and that only lasted like 40 pages. There was a plot twist was entirely predictable, and I was just 200% done with it at that point that it made zero impact.Just...I...I don't even know. The cover is really cute, though?This book gets 1 crown from me and a Merida rating. I don't hate it with a fiery passion, and there wasn't anything extremely wrong or problematic with it. It just...it just sat there. It would sat there, and I would look at the cover, and that was at least goodness. But it just didn't have a flow or deep connection for anything.
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  • Monica Fumarolo
    January 1, 1970
    A longtime fan of Jennifer E. Smith, I was eager for her latest novel, a return to the kind of travel story that made me initially fall in love with her writing (I adore The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight!). Hugo is a sextuplet, recently dumped, and supposed to be going on a trans-continental train trip from New York to California with said ex-girlfriend. Problem is, she made all of the nonrefundable, nontransferable reservations in her name. Enter Mae, a New York aspiring film m A longtime fan of Jennifer E. Smith, I was eager for her latest novel, a return to the kind of travel story that made me initially fall in love with her writing (I adore The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight!). Hugo is a sextuplet, recently dumped, and supposed to be going on a trans-continental train trip from New York to California with said ex-girlfriend. Problem is, she made all of the nonrefundable, nontransferable reservations in her name. Enter Mae, a New York aspiring film maker with the same name and a desire to live more after more than a few people imply her films are lacking that certain *thing* (including USC film school).I inhaled this novel, starting one evening and finishing the following morning. Though I had a hard time getting into the sextuplet aspects of the story, I eventually accepted it and enjoyed the unique bond (and sometimes, necessary lack thereof) Hugo has with his siblings. Mae's chapters were similarly insightful, striving for so much and yet hard on herself while also unable to understand the criticisms of others. At times I would have enjoyed a bit more from the supporting cast (I LOVED Mae's grandma, and would have liked similar attention given to other secondary characters), but the two protagonists at the heart of the story hold the narrative together. This pulled at my heart strings and had a tear or two trickling down my cheek towards the end. I think my 8th grade girls especially will adore this!
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    This was a delightful throwback to a classic romantic comedy. You have two characters who are meeting under unlikely circumstances and setting out on an adventure. It is only natural that they may fall in love along the way! This was a quick, fun read and I really enjoyed it.
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  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    lol this is actually something that happened a few years back - I remember reading the story online and thinking "that would make a great rom com."
  • FloeticFlo
    January 1, 1970
    This book did not disappoint. I was impressed with how well Jennifer got Hugo and his Briticisms down. He remained consistent throughout. I was happy that I really enjoyed both Hugo and Mae. Jennifer E. Smith is the queen of capturing all the excitement, fear, anxiety, and anticipation of high school seniors about to head off to college. Field Notes on Love is no exception. I always love travel stories. I think you can learn so much about yourself by taking yourself outside of your normal enviro This book did not disappoint. I was impressed with how well Jennifer got Hugo and his Briticisms down. He remained consistent throughout. I was happy that I really enjoyed both Hugo and Mae. Jennifer E. Smith is the queen of capturing all the excitement, fear, anxiety, and anticipation of high school seniors about to head off to college. Field Notes on Love is no exception. I always love travel stories. I think you can learn so much about yourself by taking yourself outside of your normal environment. For Hugo, this was especially true. Additionally, I just love seeing new places with new eyes -- I really enjoy seeing characters' reactions to places I have seen and wish to see.Field Notes on Love comes out March 5, 2019 and if you want a shot of adorable, then I'd suggest you scoop this one up!Read the full review on Book Nerds Across America: http://www.booknerdsacrossamerica.com....
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Didn’t really fill me with warm, fuzzy feelings, but it was a solid (if a little short) story. I’d say it’s in my top four JES books.
  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    A fun and heartfelt novel that explores what happens when two teens who have spent their whole lives in their hometowns finally get out to see the world. Immediately before starting college. Spending an entire week together on a train. In the same compartment. And oh yeah--they're total strangers.This hit a lot of favorite notes for me, but if I'm honest I'm even more excited to read each of Hugo's siblings' stories. Maybe someday, Jennifer E. Smith? 😍I received an advance copy from the publishe A fun and heartfelt novel that explores what happens when two teens who have spent their whole lives in their hometowns finally get out to see the world. Immediately before starting college. Spending an entire week together on a train. In the same compartment. And oh yeah--they're total strangers.This hit a lot of favorite notes for me, but if I'm honest I'm even more excited to read each of Hugo's siblings' stories. Maybe someday, Jennifer E. Smith? 😍I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review consideration.
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  • Gaby
    January 1, 1970
    I knew I’d love this book (as I love all of Jen’s books!) but I think I fell for this one the fastest. Hugo and Mae are so wonderful and earnest, so relatable and genuine from page one. Plus, there’s just something about the prose that reminds me of the rhythm of a train - dependable, soothing, and consistently wonderful. If you love contemporary YA, sweet love stories, and big (but not particularly loud or dramatic) journeys full of heart, this is the book for you.
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  • Ashley G
    January 1, 1970
    This story was so sweet! I loved the characters, the families, the back stories / reasons for travel, and the chemistry between Hugo and Mae. It was a very PG love story, but with a bigger message of finding your self and travelling the path that is right for you. I read this book in between some heavier, darker books and it was a breath of fresh air. The parents in the story are also loving and supportive, and that is nice to see instead of the normal "demon parents who don't know anything beca This story was so sweet! I loved the characters, the families, the back stories / reasons for travel, and the chemistry between Hugo and Mae. It was a very PG love story, but with a bigger message of finding your self and travelling the path that is right for you. I read this book in between some heavier, darker books and it was a breath of fresh air. The parents in the story are also loving and supportive, and that is nice to see instead of the normal "demon parents who don't know anything because I'm a brilliant teenager" trope. Simply heartwarming and refreshing.**I received this ARC at YALLFest in 2018.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy via Y'All Fest - a Young Adult Literature Festival held annually in Charleston, SC.I read Smith's The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight in 2013 when it debuted and was immediately smitten, but I've never read any of Smith's later publications, so when I received an ARC of Field Notes on Love I was excited to fall back into a world of meet-cutes and love at first sight; however, the book didn't quite live up to my expectations.The Note: I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy via Y'All Fest - a Young Adult Literature Festival held annually in Charleston, SC.I read Smith's The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight in 2013 when it debuted and was immediately smitten, but I've never read any of Smith's later publications, so when I received an ARC of Field Notes on Love I was excited to fall back into a world of meet-cutes and love at first sight; however, the book didn't quite live up to my expectations.The main characters, Hugo and Mae, are interesting and well-formed, but for a slim volume, the book is packed to the gills with familial arcs designed to incite character growth; however, any one of them would have been sufficient on its own.The book's main premise centers on identity - both Hugo and Mae are seeking independence in the face of their college years, and they find it via an old-fashioned train trip, but instead of merely bumping into each other on a train, Hugo, recently dumped by his long-time girlfriend, places an ad online for "another Margaret Campbell" to take his ex-girlfriend's non-transferable tickets: enter Margaret Campbell deux - Mae for short.This zany quest would be more than enough, but Smith decides both Hugo and Mae need family drama back home: Hugo is struggling to find his place among his brothers and sisters, six to be exact - he's a sextuplet, and Mae's Nana is recovering from cancer. The two briefly connect over shared bigotry regarding race (Hugo - who is African American) and homosexuality (Mae - whose parents are gay).Any one of these threads would have been effective for character development and a relatable and interesting story in general, but in a book just shy of 300 pages, each plot point felt glossed over and barely developed before moving on to the next one.The real star of the show, however, is Nana - Mae's grandmother, whose spark and wisdom and zest of life shown in her every line.Overall, diehard fans of Smith will probably be pleased, but readers new to her work may be overwhelmed.
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  • Emily Gilbow
    January 1, 1970
    Perhaps the best part of reading this book was reading it on a road trip. As they looked out their train car to see the views of America, I, too, looked out my window. This was such a simple and sweet read. Adorable and something that made you long for a nice, long train ride.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book at Yallfest last week. I’m so glad I did because this book is so cute! It’s a sweet little rom-com coming of age story set on a cross-country train trip. Not only has it now made me want to take a cross-country train trip, but it’s also made me want to read more from this author and find out if all her characters are so quirky and lovable.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a cute book! It made me want to take a train trip across the United States! Hugo is a British-born sextuplet that received a train trip as a gift from his now ex-girlfriend. The easy solution is to just take someone else or go by himself, but of course the tickets are in his ex-girlfriend’s name and are nontransferable. Hugo still wants to go, so on the joking advice of one of his many siblings he decides to look for another Margaret Campbell. He finds Mae, an aspiring filmmaker wh This was such a cute book! It made me want to take a train trip across the United States! Hugo is a British-born sextuplet that received a train trip as a gift from his now ex-girlfriend. The easy solution is to just take someone else or go by himself, but of course the tickets are in his ex-girlfriend’s name and are nontransferable. Hugo still wants to go, so on the joking advice of one of his many siblings he decides to look for another Margaret Campbell. He finds Mae, an aspiring filmmaker who recently found out the film she was so proved of creating is not good enough to get into her dream film program. Mae thinks a cross-country train trip with a stranger is the perfect way to expand her horizons and inspire her next film.This is a heart-warming story about two young individuals that learn to grow and that sometimes they must put themselves out there in order to accomplish their dreams. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you Netgalley and Delacorte Press for giving me the chance to read and review this book early!
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  • Sydney (booksofkings)
    January 1, 1970
    "Trains are meant to be in motion. People too. They should be on their way somewhere, slicing through the dark rather than huddling here beneath it." This Review is 100% my opnions. I received this ARC for fun from a booth at Y'Allfest in Charleston, Nov 2018.First off, the premise of this story is absolutely adorable. Boy meets girl because boy was dumped but has cross-country trip planned under ex's name and therefore needs Girl with ex's exact First & Last name. It sounds like an odd prem "Trains are meant to be in motion. People too. They should be on their way somewhere, slicing through the dark rather than huddling here beneath it." This Review is 100% my opnions. I received this ARC for fun from a booth at Y'Allfest in Charleston, Nov 2018.First off, the premise of this story is absolutely adorable. Boy meets girl because boy was dumped but has cross-country trip planned under ex's name and therefore needs Girl with ex's exact First & Last name. It sounds like an odd premise but it was absolutely adorable. Then make the boy British and the girl headstrong and videographer and it's gonna be even better." It's not supposed to reflect reality, ' she said. ' Reality is all well and good. But sometimes you just want to pretend the world is a better place than it actually is. That great and wonderful things can happen. That love triumphs over everything.' " Hugo Wilkonson is an 18 year old who has just been dumped by his girlfriend of 3+ years, and he is getting ready to go to the local college with his 5 brothers and sisters because of a scholarship that was bequeathed to them at their birth. That's right, Hugo is one of the Surrey Six in Surrey, England and his superhero of a mother had Sextuplets. And a major stipulation of the scholarship is that all 6 of the Surrey 6 attend the University of Surrey and take part in all the press and publicity the school has arranged. But before that, Hugo has decided to go out on a limb and still take part in the Cross-America trip he had scheduled with his then girlfriend, problem is SHE booked it all under her name.Enter Margaret 'Mae' Campbell. Mae is a New Yorker who just got just got rejected from her dream Film School at USC in California. And in serious need of some life experiences. SO when her best friend sends her an online add for a Margaret Campbell, she gives it some real consideration. This leads Mae and Hugo on a week of adventure as they travel from New York City to San Francisco with stops in Chicago and Denver. And of course Mae has brought along her camera with a determination to make a new video to wow the Admissions people at USC with. What Mae finds is people, people with stories of trips and lives, and at the center of it all, stories of love.This book is a delightful short contemporary story that is cute and kitschy and great, fast read. It will be perfect by the pool or on a plane. There are so many adorable scenes and touching quotes that i had to get out tabs and markers which is something I never do. But this is a story worthy of tabs and marking up."Everyone grows up dreaming of something different, Hugo. And that's okay. It's what makes life so interesting." I can't wait for it to come out in March and will for sure be pre-ordering a finished copy.
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  • Makenna Fournier
    January 1, 1970
    This ended up being a very middle of the road book for me. I didn't really have any strong feelings of super enjoying it, but I also didn't really dislike it, I was just eh. The biggest downfall as to why I don't think I ended up enjoying it was I just had trouble connecting to it. One of the things I could not connect to was both of the main characters. I don't know what it was, but nothing really drew me in. I definitely did enjoy Hugos family, I thought they were interesting, but as far as H This ended up being a very middle of the road book for me. I didn't really have any strong feelings of super enjoying it, but I also didn't really dislike it, I was just eh. The biggest downfall as to why I don't think I ended up enjoying it was I just had trouble connecting to it. One of the things I could not connect to was both of the main characters. I don't know what it was, but nothing really drew me in. I definitely did enjoy Hugos family, I thought they were interesting, but as far as Hugo himself and the other main character Mae, I just couldn't bring myself to be invested enough to care about whether or not they got what they wanted. Also, I really just wasn't invested in them for a relationship. It was not exactly instalove, but by the time romance was brought into the story, I felt nothing for it, which goes back to me just not being invested and connecting to them as characters in general. The other thing I couldn't connect with was the plot in general, the journey. I love the idea of traveling across the U.S. , but this story didn't really focus that much on the road trip aspect, it was more abut Mae and Hugo discovering things about themselves and what they want to do with life and college. Quick side note, but when I read Jennifer's other book Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In between, it was at a time where I was in the exact same spot as the characters and it made the connection with them and the story stronger, and that is why it ended up being so impactful at the time and why it was a favorite of mine. That was something I needed to enjoy this book, and I just didn't have it. I think there are going to be people to do connect with that aspect of the book, and I think those people can really like this book. TLDR: Not one of Jennifer's books that is going to stick with me, but it wasn't a bad book and I would still recommend it to people.Huge thanks to Netgalley for providing an eARc of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Dena (Batch of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so, so cute. If you love YA romance or clean romances, you definitely need this one on your shelf.I loved the premise -- two teens falling in love on a train as they make their way across the United States. So romantic! And so different from anything else I've read in this genre.It all starts when Hugo's girlfriend dumps him because she's going to university in California and doesn't want to do the long-distance relationship thing. Unwilling to give up the train trip they had planne This book is so, so cute. If you love YA romance or clean romances, you definitely need this one on your shelf.I loved the premise -- two teens falling in love on a train as they make their way across the United States. So romantic! And so different from anything else I've read in this genre.It all starts when Hugo's girlfriend dumps him because she's going to university in California and doesn't want to do the long-distance relationship thing. Unwilling to give up the train trip they had planned together, Hugo goes in search of another girl with the same name and finds Mae, a girl desperate for adventure. So Hugo and Mae set off across the country to find themselves, have an adventure, and accidentally fall in love.It's such a cute story. I can't get over how upbeat and cheerful it was. There were a few little things that bugged me here and there, but nothing so big that it ruined my enjoyment of the story. I loved how Hugo loses everything and how Mae is outspoken and quirky. They make such a sweet couple and I adored how they interviewed so many people on the train and collected love stories for Mae's documentary.This is the kind of book that leaves you feeling happy and satisfied. A must-read for YA romance lovers!One huge bonus for me was how clean this book is. There is some sexual tension (they have to share sleeping quarters, after all), but there is no sex and no cursing. I love reading books that I don't have to hide from my tween daughter. I love being able to read a book and then hand it over to her so we can discuss it later, so extra bonus points for that!Content: Some sexual tension (no sex) and kissing (male/female).Source: NetGalley.
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  • Shae
    January 1, 1970
    I've never read any of Jennifer E. Smith's books before, but I love road trip books and when I stumbled across that ARC I had to give it a try, and I'm really happy I did! I'm not an easy audience when it comes to contemporary and / or romance, so finding one that works for me on both ends is a great discovery. I always struggle with romance that is too sappy, too sweet, too dramatic, or anything too much for my taste, really, but this was just right: never too little, never too much. Sweet but I've never read any of Jennifer E. Smith's books before, but I love road trip books and when I stumbled across that ARC I had to give it a try, and I'm really happy I did! I'm not an easy audience when it comes to contemporary and / or romance, so finding one that works for me on both ends is a great discovery. I always struggle with romance that is too sappy, too sweet, too dramatic, or anything too much for my taste, really, but this was just right: never too little, never too much. Sweet but with a little touch of other flavors, and it felt very real. In full disclosure: I recently lost a friend unexpectedly, and some of the themes in the book (life's too short and we need to live it - cliche, but true) got to me more than they would have had otherwise, but it was the characters who really held the story together for me. I could relate to their struggles and their personal journeys, and could very much identify with both how it feels like to chase a dream so specific it's hard to see beyond it and to not even know what your dreams are. I cried through a lot more of this book than some of the "cute" reviews would have made me expect, because while it is definitely a cute, lovely, book, it did touch me in some very personal ways. And I finished it feeling as happy as a book can make me feel. On a side note, being familiar with both the US and the UK, I loved the alternating styles between the American and the British character chapters, and found myself switching accents in my head. Will be curious to listen to an audiobook of this!Time to dig through Smith's back catalog, I guess.
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  • Jo Ann Mulligan
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for Christmas from my, how fitting, twin sister and there are no words to describe how much it and this book meant to me. Jennifer E. Smith is one of my favorite authors and to be able to get an ARC of this book was amazing. The storyline was so unique and was just everything I loved: travel and love. I've done road trips out west with my family and they were some of the best times of my life. I have always wanted to go cross country and this book has inspired me to do it by I received this book for Christmas from my, how fitting, twin sister and there are no words to describe how much it and this book meant to me. Jennifer E. Smith is one of my favorite authors and to be able to get an ARC of this book was amazing. The storyline was so unique and was just everything I loved: travel and love. I've done road trips out west with my family and they were some of the best times of my life. I have always wanted to go cross country and this book has inspired me to do it by train. This book really hit me because I struggle with sometimes wanting more then I know. I have six siblings (not all the same age though for the most part close) and we are a pack much like Hugo and his siblings. I have always had the bug to travel and it's getting out of my comfort zone of being home with my family that sometimes holds me back. The moms blog at the end made me cry, I don't know if it was because what she was saying coupled with calling Hugo Paddington because I am my dad's golden bear or if it kind of reiterated that there is a time to be home and another to go out and experience the world and it's okay to want more then what you know and love. As I did with all of Jennifer E. Smith's books, though definitely more so with this one, I fell in love with the characters and story and wished that it could be me. 1000 stars and will impatiently wait until March to get the finished copy and read it again like it is the first time and wait even more impatiently for more stories to fall in love with.
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  • Karen McKenna
    January 1, 1970
    I normally read middle grade, but as a teacher of 7th grade students this year, when #LitReviewCrew had a chance to review an ARC, I jumped at the chance. I am on the lookout for YA books that appeal to and are appropriate for middle school students.I found the story to be sweet and the characters likeable. I could connect with Hugo, the youngest of a sextuplet group, and as an identical twin I found his struggle to forge his own path very true. Mae, recently rejected from her dream of film scho I normally read middle grade, but as a teacher of 7th grade students this year, when #LitReviewCrew had a chance to review an ARC, I jumped at the chance. I am on the lookout for YA books that appeal to and are appropriate for middle school students.I found the story to be sweet and the characters likeable. I could connect with Hugo, the youngest of a sextuplet group, and as an identical twin I found his struggle to forge his own path very true. Mae, recently rejected from her dream of film school and struggling to find her voice, was also a real character for me. The character that stole my heart, though, was Mae's grandma! She was a hoot. I found the story to be well told, and it held my interest. Romance is definitely out of my element, but I appreciated that it wasn't gratuitous and there was only really mention of making out.As much as my middle school girls are looking for romance novels, I don't think this one will work well for this age. I connected to the story, but as an adult. The characters are both 18 and headed off for college. They also both lie to their parents and travel across country with a stranger, including sleeping together and cuddling in hotel rooms. It makes the story line work, but it is not something I would want my own 13 year old daughter thinking is an acceptable choice. I would consider this a high school and up book.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Hugo Wilkinson has a problem. He was supposed to go on a train trip across the United States with his girlfriend Margret Campbell but she broke up with him and now Hugo can't use the trip tickets which are in her name. Hugo is desperate and posts an ad online looking for another Margaret Campbell to use the tickets and he does. Hugo finds Margaret "Mae" Campbell an aspiring filmmaker who is looking for her own adventure. The two will spend a week on a train together which may lead to way more. T Hugo Wilkinson has a problem. He was supposed to go on a train trip across the United States with his girlfriend Margret Campbell but she broke up with him and now Hugo can't use the trip tickets which are in her name. Hugo is desperate and posts an ad online looking for another Margaret Campbell to use the tickets and he does. Hugo finds Margaret "Mae" Campbell an aspiring filmmaker who is looking for her own adventure. The two will spend a week on a train together which may lead to way more. This is just a really lovely story. Jennifer E. Smith is a master at coming up with interest premises to make her YA romances to be a little better than the average book. This time her premises is unique while having a feeling of a classic film. Hugo and Mae have a sweet romantic story that made me want to keep reading after the ending. However, this is a quiet kind of story that may not appeal to people looking for an extreme story yet if you want a sweet story then this one is a must read. I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    Hugo is a sextuplet with a conundrum: his just-broke-up-with-him girlfriend Margaret is still gifting him a train trip from New York City to California, with several stops along the way in Chicago, Denver, and San Fransisco. The catch: it's her name that all the reservations are booked under. So, Hugo sends a post into the internet: Is your name Margaret Campbell? Will you join me on a train trip? He finds a contender in Mae, also 18 years old. Mae and Hugo start their train trip as strangers, b Hugo is a sextuplet with a conundrum: his just-broke-up-with-him girlfriend Margaret is still gifting him a train trip from New York City to California, with several stops along the way in Chicago, Denver, and San Fransisco. The catch: it's her name that all the reservations are booked under. So, Hugo sends a post into the internet: Is your name Margaret Campbell? Will you join me on a train trip? He finds a contender in Mae, also 18 years old. Mae and Hugo start their train trip as strangers, but through proximity, a spark, and a documentary project (Mae is a filmmaker), they fall for one another. But, Hugo and his five brothers and sisters are expected to go to uni in their hometown of Surrey and Mae is starting her freshman year at the University of Southern California. Is this a week-long romance only or is there hope for an actual relationship? Field Notes on Love is a cute premise. I love the uniqueness: train trip, different cultures, and the sextuplet aspect. It's a cute romance that will be enjoyed by fans of Jenna Evans Welch's Love and Gelato. Diverse reads: Hugo is bi-racial: Caucasian and African (from England) + Mae has two dads
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  • Ashley Collins
    January 1, 1970
    BE STILL MY HEART.I love Jennifer E. Smith, and I absolutely adore this book. I've read them all - maybe not loved each one - but I always love Jenn's characters. Hugo and Mae are no exception and, in fact, are a pair of my favorites! This book brings back the magic of Statistical Probability and This is What Happy Looks Like that I have been missing in her more recent books, and I had such a pleasure taking this ride (pun intended!) with Jenn and these characters. Genuinely felt so much, relate BE STILL MY HEART.I love Jennifer E. Smith, and I absolutely adore this book. I've read them all - maybe not loved each one - but I always love Jenn's characters. Hugo and Mae are no exception and, in fact, are a pair of my favorites! This book brings back the magic of Statistical Probability and This is What Happy Looks Like that I have been missing in her more recent books, and I had such a pleasure taking this ride (pun intended!) with Jenn and these characters. Genuinely felt so much, related to Hugo and Mae so much, and fell as in love with their chemistry as they did. And even though I'm also wondering the "And then?" of their relationship, I am so satisfied with the ending. Thank you YALLFest gods who put one of my most anticipated reads into my hands! 🤗💞
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    eARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher.This book starts with a break-up and non-transferable travel tickets in the ex-girlfriend's name leading to trouble for the male main character. Once he finds another girl named Margaret Campbell to solve this issue our main characters are in for a trip across the US on a train with a few stops along the way. I have mixed feelings about this book -- it was a cute read but at times almost forgettable since it could be just about any other YA romance bo eARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher.This book starts with a break-up and non-transferable travel tickets in the ex-girlfriend's name leading to trouble for the male main character. Once he finds another girl named Margaret Campbell to solve this issue our main characters are in for a trip across the US on a train with a few stops along the way. I have mixed feelings about this book -- it was a cute read but at times almost forgettable since it could be just about any other YA romance book. I like Smith's writing and her characters are pretty well fleshed out which is impressive given the amount of characters in this book. This is a book that I would recommend to reader's who enjoyed Stephanie Perkins books or are long time fans of Smith's own works.3.5/5 stars
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    I always enjoy Smith’s stories, and Field Notes on Love is no exception. I was drawn in by the cute cover and the premise of going across the country by train. But, once I opened the book I found so much more to love about it. Hugo and Mae were characters that you wanted to cheer on, and that you wanted for them to achieve their dreams. I also think the strangers on a train idea was fun and added to the intrigue of the story. Hugo and Mae have such a neat relationship with each other, I’m so gla I always enjoy Smith’s stories, and Field Notes on Love is no exception. I was drawn in by the cute cover and the premise of going across the country by train. But, once I opened the book I found so much more to love about it. Hugo and Mae were characters that you wanted to cheer on, and that you wanted for them to achieve their dreams. I also think the strangers on a train idea was fun and added to the intrigue of the story. Hugo and Mae have such a neat relationship with each other, I’m so glad we got to spend a week with them. Jennifer E. Smith never fails to make me smile and fall in love with her stories and characters.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    eARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher.Print ARC provided by Publisher and RI Office of Library and Information Services.The universe really wanted me to read this ARC because it sent me two. As a librarian, I really like Smith’s titles because they are super easy to shop to teen readers. They are always a manageable size, they are clean reads, and they are always filled with hope. They appeal to readers of Kasie West, Deb Caletti, Susane Colasanti, and Sarah Dessen. And my readers always eARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher.Print ARC provided by Publisher and RI Office of Library and Information Services.The universe really wanted me to read this ARC because it sent me two. As a librarian, I really like Smith’s titles because they are super easy to shop to teen readers. They are always a manageable size, they are clean reads, and they are always filled with hope. They appeal to readers of Kasie West, Deb Caletti, Susane Colasanti, and Sarah Dessen. And my readers always report back feeling optimistic about the “open yet completed”way she chooses to conclude all her books. As a reader, her books always just leave me happy and hope filled.
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  • Paulina
    January 1, 1970
    I have hated the word "fated" for a while, but this book makes me love it. Some things are meant to be, and Jennifer E. Smith tells this story beautifully. This book reminds anyone of how love prevails. Trains a rumored to be romantic, but close quarters and living with a stranger for a week might be anything but. The characters go through so many different events throughout their trip that they learn to love and look for the good. The characters come from extremely different backgrounds (and co I have hated the word "fated" for a while, but this book makes me love it. Some things are meant to be, and Jennifer E. Smith tells this story beautifully. This book reminds anyone of how love prevails. Trains a rumored to be romantic, but close quarters and living with a stranger for a week might be anything but. The characters go through so many different events throughout their trip that they learn to love and look for the good. The characters come from extremely different backgrounds (and countries), but that doesn't stop them from learning to seize the moment, and enjoy life.
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  • Lisa Nagel
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely. Just plain sweet and lovely. Coming of age stories can sometimes be heavy and tortured, but this one is light with out being fluff. It not only made me want to take a train ride across country, it also made me think of the people I love, the people I have lost, and the gifts they have given me. Train rides somehow are the perfect metaphors for self discovery, and the perfect place to fall in love.
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  • Sami
    January 1, 1970
    A warm and charming rom-com about two strangers on a cross-country road trip, worthy of an adorable Netflix adaptation a la To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Sparks fly immediately between Mae and Hugo, but through the lens of Mae's film-making and Hugo's search for self empowerment, their relationship feels genuine and not overly contrived.
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  • Patti Sabik
    January 1, 1970
    What an adorable romcom! Jennifer E. Smith does not disappoint with this one. It leaves you with the warm and gooey feeling of hopefulness you want from a good romance with characters you want to be friends with. Hugh comes from his sextuplet microscope life and Mae has her two dads and adventurous Nana to meet on a train for a week of cross country introspection.
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