Title: Field Notes on Love
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: March 5, 2019
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?
This is a story about Hugo, who just got dumped by his girlfriend of 3 years a few weeks before their trip to the US. His solution? Find another girl named Margaret Campbell so the tickets will not go to waste. That’s when he met Mae.
Having read almost all of Jennifer E. Smith’s books, I know that I’ll expect a lot of cute and fun moments, but I was pleasantly surprised by the family dynamics in the story.
Hugo is part of a sextuplet and it’s interesting how you can see each of his sibling’s personality (even his parents) in the story. It’s not hard to fall in love with his family. Most scenes where I laughed out loud were because of his siblings. Mae, her 2 dads, and especially her grandmother, were very lovable as well.
I loved this story so much and found myself smiling almost the whole time that I was reading this book! This will take you to Hugo and Mae’s journey to self-discovery, following their dreams, and finding love. If you want a light, fluffy, and cute read, then I highly recommend this book!
“I was in love many times before I met your grandfather,” she says. “Some of them lasted a long time; some of them didn’t. The trick is not to worry about it. If you spend too much time thinking about when it will disappear, you’ll miss the whole thing.”
“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.”
“Love is like pizza. Definitely pizza.”
She shakes her head in mock exasperation. “Okay, fine. Then why?”
“Because,” he says with a shrug, “it’s warm and gooey.”
This makes her laugh. “Right. Can’t argue with that. What else?”
“And it’s always delicious.”
“There are loads of choices. Everyone can have their own version of it.”
He pauses for a moment, thinking, “And I always thought it would be amazing.”
“Someone recently told me that if you want something badly enough, you have to make your own magic. You have to lay it all on the line. And most of all, you have to be brave.”
Soundtrack: Perfect Strangers by Grace Gundy
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About the Author:
JENNIFER E. SMITH is the author of eight books for young adults, including Windfall and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. She currently lives in New York City.
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