Book Review – Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E Smith

field notes on loveThe bestselling author of Windfall and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight returns with a meet-cute romance about Hugo and Mae, two teens who are thrown together on a cross-country train trip that will teach them about love, each other, and the futures they can build for themselves.

It’s the perfect idea for a romantic week together: traveling across America by train.

But then Hugo’s girlfriend dumps him. Her parting gift: the tickets for their long-planned last-hurrah-before-uni trip. Only, it’s been booked under her name. Nontransferable, no exceptions.

Mae is still reeling from being rejected from USC’s film school. When she stumbles across Hugo’s ad for a replacement Margaret Campbell (her full name!), she’s certain it’s exactly the adventure she needs to shake off her disappointment and jump-start her next film.

A cross-country train trip with a complete stranger might not seem like the best idea. But to Mae and Hugo, both eager to escape their regular lives, it makes perfect sense. What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more. But when life outside the train catches up to them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed?


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I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

This is so sweet! I really enjoyed the concept, and loved how it played out.

Hugo is adorable and I loved him! I really liked all his interactions with his siblings too – even if there wasn’t really enough of them for them to stand out as individuals, his dedication to them was lovely. And I also loved that he picked the grandma originally! That just made me smile.

Mae is so lovely – I especially loved everything with her grandma. But her relationship with her dads is gorgeous, as is the way she slowly learns to open up. Her and Hugo and their little documentary made me so happy.

I also loved the journey – it made me want to take a train across the USA. Ten years ago I did a cross country road trip which was amazing, but I have always wanted to try a train trip.

One thing I was surprised by was that the British publisher obviously hasn’t changed the very American version. And for the American readers it doesn’t matter that there are little inaccuracies, but for us Brits, it would have been nice to see some very small changes just make it a little more realistic. They wouldn’t change the story, so would be easy to do. The biggest would really be room sharing at uni – most unis don’t do that here, and certainly my friends who went to Surrey all had single rooms. Maybe putting them in the same flat of the same dorm would have covered that. Small things like that threw me a little.

Gorgeously lovely little story, 3.5 stars.


Buy Field Notes on Love from Amazon UK.

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