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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 findi 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?


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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 findi 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?

30 review for Field Notes on Love

  1. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    4.5 stars. Sometimes I need a break from brooding thrillers and mysteries, where everyone is a suspect (at least in my mind) and the subject matter can be heavy at times. I saw a friend recommend Jennifer E. Smith's newest book, Field Notes on Love , and it definitely seemed to be what I was looking for—a good YA rom-com. Two hours later I finished the book and I'm so glad I read it. Such a sweet, fun, engaging story—it totally hit the spot! "Do you ever feel like you need to shake things up? Or j 4.5 stars. Sometimes I need a break from brooding thrillers and mysteries, where everyone is a suspect (at least in my mind) and the subject matter can be heavy at times. I saw a friend recommend Jennifer E. Smith's newest book, Field Notes on Love , and it definitely seemed to be what I was looking for—a good YA rom-com. Two hours later I finished the book and I'm so glad I read it. Such a sweet, fun, engaging story—it totally hit the spot! "Do you ever feel like you need to shake things up? Or just step outside your life for a minute?" Hugo's life has always been tremendously routine. The youngest of a set of sextuplets, he's always been surrounded by people, and while things can be chaotic, his future path is all but determined, since a generous benefactor provided scholarships for all six children to attend college in Hugo's hometown of Surrey, England. But as much as he loves his family and wants to be close to home, he longs for something more, although he doesn't know what that is. He and his girlfriend have the perfect plan before she heads off to college in California: they'll travel across the U.S. by train, from New York to California, stopping in a few major cities along the way. And then she breaks up with him, although she gives him the tickets to use. But of course, there's a catch: because she handled the details, all the reservations are under the name of Margaret Campbell. And the tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. So, he conducts a search for another Margaret Campbell to make the trip with. Enter Mae Campbell (Margaret is her full name). Mae has known her entire life that she wanted to be a filmmaker. Yet when she is rejected by USC's film school, she starts to wonder if an adventure is what she needs to stir up her creativity and inspire her next film, so she can convince the film school to let her in. When she sees Hugo's ad searching for another Margaret Campbell, she feels that this is the opportunity she has been looking for, something her adventure-seeking and romance-loving grandmother agrees with. While Hugo and Mae begin traveling together simply out of necessity and convenience, it isn't long before the two are drawn to one another, and begin to see that adventure—and perhaps even romance—is what both were needing. But along the way, they'll learn a lot about themselves and their plans for their future, as both find inspiration to do things differently than they always have. A few years ago I read Smith's The Geography of You and Me and absolutely loved it. I had forgotten just how much I enjoy her writing style, how warm and approachable it is, and how well she draws her characters. Field Notes on Love is exactly the same way—nothing in the plot is particularly surprising, but that doesn't matter, because I couldn't get enough of this book and these characters. With "love" in the title, you can expect there is lots of talk about what love is and what it means to different people. As a self-professed sap, I enjoyed the exploration of that topic, but found the characters' journeys of self-discovery equally enjoyable. Plus I never felt like Hugo and Mae were too clever and precocious for their own good, which is all too common in YA fiction. If you're looking for a light read to charm its way into your heart, Field Notes on Love may be just what you're looking for. All aboard! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yrralh/.

  2. 5 out of 5

    emma

    i wish that this book - which takes place nearly in its entirety on a train - had more trains in it. similarly, i wish that this book, which follows two characters on a cross-country trip, felt more travel-y. i also wish it felt longer and the characters and their relationship felt deeper and less rushed. evidently i wish a lot of things. but this was still pretty good. bottom line: quick and fluffy. i read it in like 3 hours. it's summertime, baby, what more could you want! ------------- pre-review i i wish that this book - which takes place nearly in its entirety on a train - had more trains in it. similarly, i wish that this book, which follows two characters on a cross-country trip, felt more travel-y. i also wish it felt longer and the characters and their relationship felt deeper and less rushed. evidently i wish a lot of things. but this was still pretty good. bottom line: quick and fluffy. i read it in like 3 hours. it's summertime, baby, what more could you want! ------------- pre-review i like road trips and i like trains and i like the idea of a book that combines the two very much thanks

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tam_ the_ med_bookie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wasted my time. First let me explain about the 2 stars. One star for the unbelievably -happy -unrealistic- young -adult -romance books' perfect characters. We all wish for people like these in our lives. Another star for those 2 perfect pages on what the book is supposed to be. Those pages when Mae actually interviews a woman in the train about life and love. Otherwise the rest 99% of the book is pure cheesy, young adult insta love, all over each other, we-cannot-live-without-each-other kind of s Wasted my time. First let me explain about the 2 stars. One star for the unbelievably -happy -unrealistic- young -adult -romance books' perfect characters. We all wish for people like these in our lives. Another star for those 2 perfect pages on what the book is supposed to be. Those pages when Mae actually interviews a woman in the train about life and love. Otherwise the rest 99% of the book is pure cheesy, young adult insta love, all over each other, we-cannot-live-without-each-other kind of stuff till the last page of happily-ever -after -of -two -18 -year- olds -who -met -each -other -by -chance! What are the odds?! Mae is someone who knows what she wants. Yet she is in a relationship with someone who she knows she doesn't want to be with at the beginning of the story. She is judgemental and pessimistic and really unlikable. And just like that when she knows she is going on a trip she left him just like that. With no explanations! And then there is Hugo, one of the sextuplets. He wants to be somewhere alone, exploring things, needs to stay away from his siblings for a while and see how life is different apart from being as one of the sextuplets. He gets dumped by his girlfriend at the beginning of the story. The thing is that they booked tickets with her name. And all he has to do is to find someone with a similar name to make the trip happen. So that's how they meet. Then insta love happens. Then nothing much happens. Then cheesiness happens until the 100th something page. And I actually thought the story is about to change for good. Those two pages on actual 'Field Notes On Love' happened when Mae interviews a couple they meet during the train ride. The questions asked and the answers given are truly life endearing. And I really started believing that this book is going to be one of my fav reads. BUT... PISS..... It goes back to being cheesy. Then being too cheesy... And nothing much than only being more cheesy till the last line. Damn, those two pages were so valuable and perfect. Had it gone that line for the rest of the book, it would have been so damn good. Had it been a little different how it ended and actually have moved towards how the characters viewed their lives as they had At the beginning it would have been better. But nothing changed. It is all about meeting a good looking boy for the girl. And a good looking girl for the boy. And just insta love happened and last for them till the end of the story. Sadly, that's all. The characters were fun to begin the book with. But they were like all high, rather too happy and pumped up, too desperate for finding a love interest for the main characters. I tried my best to like this one. But meh! I have read enough YA books to last a lifetime for such rerepeats. I appreciate the understanding parents and the siblings, the respective confidantes of each, the supposedly strong independent characters who have a different dream of their own; having two guys as parents and how a family with sextuplets struggles. But it seems like it is trying too hard to be sweet and good that I cannot bear it at all. I kept on reading with the single hope of reading another 'Field Notes On Love' towards the end but...sadly, it never happened. And trust me you wouldn't miss out on much if you don't pick up this one. A repeat of 'When Dimple Met Rishi' I want to say. But that book seems a lot better than this one. The cover looks so good though😍

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    why did i cry so much while reading this one? SO CUTE!! just what my spring contemporary craving heart needed.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    absolutely adorable but with so much heart

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    (Rounded up as of 3/18!) I was looking forward to reading a new Jennifer E. Smith novel, but I didn’t expect to love this as much as I did. From the cross-country train journey, to the personal journeys both Mae and Hugo go on (which really resonated with me), I just genuinely fell hard for this story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Once again I find myself in awe of the book gods. And grateful! I was going to pass on this book. Last week my head and heart were swimming with indecision on what to read next. On a whim, I picked this one up from my “read later” pile and BOOM! I was swept into a beautiful, made-my-heart-thump-and-flip, romantic read. Field Notes on Love is a journey. One we all take to discover who we are and what we want to be in this world. A path that is different for all of us. I am SO happy I jumped aboar Once again I find myself in awe of the book gods. And grateful! I was going to pass on this book. Last week my head and heart were swimming with indecision on what to read next. On a whim, I picked this one up from my “read later” pile and BOOM! I was swept into a beautiful, made-my-heart-thump-and-flip, romantic read. Field Notes on Love is a journey. One we all take to discover who we are and what we want to be in this world. A path that is different for all of us. I am SO happy I jumped aboard. It brought back memories and inspired new dreams in me. Come see where this journey takes you… ALL ABOARD!!! Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith tells the story of two individuals about to set off for college. For one, that path is not going as planned and for the other, unfortunately, the plan is going exactly according to plan. Both are in need of a detour though. Hugo, a charming and adorable British lad, is about to head off to university with his five brothers and sisters. Yes, I said FIVE. Hugo is a sextuplet. Quite famous across the pond actually for that very reason—for being in a pack. He loves his family, but right now he just wants to see if he can do it on his own. It’s hard to find yourself when you’re always surrounded. Hugo is definitely in need of an adventure away from his family. But plans for a train trip across America with his girlfriend, Margaret Campbell, have suddenly derailed. She dumped him! And all of the reservations and nonrefundable tickets were made in her name. So what Hugo really needs right now is another Margaret Campbell. This is where Mae, full name Margaret Campbell, enters the picture in a fate is oh-so funny kind of way. Her dreams of attending film school have just been shattered. Well not completely shattered. Mae got into USC, but not in the film program. A movie she thought was perfect for getting her noticed and accepted fell flat. Why? She needs something new to shake up her film making and her heart. Sooo…she answers a crazy ad looking for a Margaret Campbell travel buddy for a cross-country train trip. A trip with a stranger. A boy. A cute British boy! Haha….Let the fun and romance begin! I loved this book. Ms. Smith put two strong, likable characters in a small, cozy train compartment and let the magic whirl, stir, and inspire. I liked and connected and felt for Mae and Hugo at first sight. All the characters found a home in my heart actually—Priyanka, the dads, Nana, and all the siblings (especially Alfie and his big mouth). But the star and focus of this book was the chemistry and warmth between Hugo and Mae. It was immediate. You’ll feel that connection click at word one between them! The way they talked, touched, trusted and allowed themselves to fall so completely was beautiful. I was swept right in! As the train moved across the land, Hugo and Mae created a sweet, cozy bubble where they talked through the night, held hands, laughed, snored, counted freckles, and shared so much of each other. I adored watching these two fall in love. You have to meet Hugo and Mae and their fellow travelers. There are so many love stories here! The train plays a huge part of the love actually. The train’s movement, schedule, and people all added to the magic. It swayed, rocked, rattled and charmed its way into my heart along with Hugo and Mae. I could have stayed in that train bubble forever! “In the hallway, a door opens and voices call out to each other. But in here, it’s quiet, just the sound of their breathing and the roar of the train underneath it all. They could be anywhere and nowhere, but they’ve somehow found themselves here, and she’s suddenly grateful for it, all of it, for the extra ticket and the way it brought them together despite everything, the bigness of the world and the unlikeliness of a moment like this.” And even though Hugo and Mae spent much of the book in an enclosed train or hotel room, this story felt BIG. Their journey opened their eyes to new places and people and feelings. And dreams! I loved how these two pushed each other to ask the hard questions and fight for what they want. The world is a big place and Mae and Hugo are just getting started. Their excitement and energy moves through this story with force and magic. Pure magic! It’s the best word for what I felt here with Hugo and Mae. I cried and swooned and rooted for Mae and Hugo and the love they found. But can they hold on to that love? Are they meant to? Some love stories are short and sweet. You are going to have to climb on board to find out! You’ll be happy you did. You might find yourself falling hard & fast, daydreaming of faraway places, and in need of a pizza ASAP! Haha….You’ll see. Highly recommended. **Quote taken from ARC**

  8. 4 out of 5

    Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    *3.5 stars* I loved how straightforward and pure and lovely the writing and the romance were in this one. And the train setting was SO fun. Honestly, this was the cutest premise, executed really well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    This epitomised so much of what I love about YA romance. It perfectly balanced the fluffy ‘squee’ moments with a brilliant depth, it had well rounded, fleshed out characters and relationships and a plot I found myself immediately invested in. I’ve never been one for instalove (I’m all about that slow burn romance life) but I kinda loved this? Sure, it happened quickly but it was so adorable and, for me, the characters logic behind it made it a lot more plausible. The train setting was so much fun This epitomised so much of what I love about YA romance. It perfectly balanced the fluffy ‘squee’ moments with a brilliant depth, it had well rounded, fleshed out characters and relationships and a plot I found myself immediately invested in. I’ve never been one for instalove (I’m all about that slow burn romance life) but I kinda loved this? Sure, it happened quickly but it was so adorable and, for me, the characters logic behind it made it a lot more plausible. The train setting was so much fun and I loved getting the tiny glimpses of the US it gave us. I also throughly enjoyed both Mae and Hugo’s individual voices and narrative. I could relate and empathise with both Mae and Hugo on so many aspects but also loved how different they were to myself and each other in personality and the path they were pursuing. This was by far my favourite of the Jennifer E. Smith books I’ve read. It was full of heart and an utter delight to read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I love a cute YA romance, so when I saw that Jennifer E Smith was coming out with a romance that took place on a train ride, I was so intrigued and knew I had to pick it up. The summer before leaving for college, Hugo and his girlfriend decided to go on a cross-country trainride to California before they're separated for school, her in California and him home in England. But when Hugo's girlfriend dumps him and tells him to still go on the trip, Hugo finds himself in need of a girl with his girl I love a cute YA romance, so when I saw that Jennifer E Smith was coming out with a romance that took place on a train ride, I was so intrigued and knew I had to pick it up. The summer before leaving for college, Hugo and his girlfriend decided to go on a cross-country trainride to California before they're separated for school, her in California and him home in England. But when Hugo's girlfriend dumps him and tells him to still go on the trip, Hugo finds himself in need of a girl with his girlfriend's exact name, seeing as her tickets are all non-refundable and non-transferable. Mae has wanted to be a filmmaker for as long as she can remember, so when she is rejected from her dream film school, she is devastated. Lost and unsure of how convince the admissions board that she really is good enough, Mae answers an ad to go on a train trip with a complete stranger. Mae and Hugo embark on a journey together where they learn more about themselves than they could ever have known. From the start, I absolutely adored Hugo and his family. Hugo's parents are so adorable and I loved how Hugo was a sextuplet. His entire family was so quintessentially British and quirky that my favorite scenes were of Hugo interacting with his five siblings. I definitely remember the weird in-between sate of the summer before freshmen year of college and I think Jennifer E Smith embodied that state so well with both Hugo and Mae's characters. They really didn't know what path was right for them and were trying to find a little self discovery along the way of their train journey. While this book does take place in a short amount of time, I never felt like the romance was insta-lovey. I really liked how Hugo and Mae felt kind of awkward with each other at first since they had never met, but how they opened up to each other because of the fact that they were strangers. There was an inexplicable trust that grew into something more. I can only think of the word "adorable" to describe this romance because that's exactly what it was. If you're in the mood for a cute romance about two people who are just trying to figure out who they really are as individuals, you really need to pick up Field Notes on Love. I loved the backdrop of a cross country train ride to this romance with quirky characters and supportive, lovable family members that give the story more to love.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jen Ryland

    Yay - really enjoyed this one - my favorite of her books so far. Review to come! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! 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."

  13. 5 out of 5

    celine (celinereads)

    It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been able to get back into the YA Contemporary genre, but this book definitely intrigued me! I really enjoyed the characters, and I appreciated the diversity in this book. The main reason why this is not a 5-star book is because I do feel as if some parts were predictable and the instalove was a tad bit too much; however, I do still recommend this book to anyone who wants a cute, road trip/travel read!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Renee (itsbooktalk)

    This book came my way at just the right time and in such a round about way that I completely believe in book serendipity! ~~ Hugo and Mae are recent high school graduates who meet in a rather unconventional way and decide to travel together by train from New York to California. There’s adventure, laughs, romance, and tears along the way and I was here for every last moment. ⠀⠀ I listened to part of this on audio and the narrators were fantastic, Hugo is British and listening to the audio really he This book came my way at just the right time and in such a round about way that I completely believe in book serendipity! ~~ Hugo and Mae are recent high school graduates who meet in a rather unconventional way and decide to travel together by train from New York to California. There’s adventure, laughs, romance, and tears along the way and I was here for every last moment. ⠀⠀ I listened to part of this on audio and the narrators were fantastic, Hugo is British and listening to the audio really helped me get both of their voices in my head…plus I’m here for all the British slang! I was really unprepared for the way this book touched me, from Mae’s relationship with her grandma which mirrored mine until she passed away in Oct to being able to have the perspectives of Hugo, Mae, and their parents as they head off to college (my youngest is heading off in Aug), it all had me crying on my patio at several points. I love it when a story surprises me like that and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this delightful book!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    Review is up on A Take from Two Cities blog here. FIELD NOTES ON LOVE was a sweet read. It was pleasant, easy to get into, with interesting characters. The premise for this storyline takes a bit of setting up before Hugo and Margaret make their epic train journey across the USA. Hugo is a sextuplet (its relevant) from the UK and he needs a Margaret Campbell to use two tickets for his journey. Enters the perfect-aged Margaret Campbell. Both Margaret and Hugo had interesting families and they were c Review is up on A Take from Two Cities blog here. FIELD NOTES ON LOVE was a sweet read. It was pleasant, easy to get into, with interesting characters. The premise for this storyline takes a bit of setting up before Hugo and Margaret make their epic train journey across the USA. Hugo is a sextuplet (its relevant) from the UK and he needs a Margaret Campbell to use two tickets for his journey. Enters the perfect-aged Margaret Campbell. Both Margaret and Hugo had interesting families and they were cute to watch getting to know one another. I didn’t make an emotional connection with the story or the characters particularly which left me feeling like an outside observer. I found the exes issue an irritation and perhaps a little bit of a predictable story arc. However, it was overall satisfying book. This is an easy, appealing read with likeable characters. I would recommend for a day’s or weekend’s escapism reading. I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    temi ★

    4 STARS. I feel disgusting for saying this, but after reading this book, never have I wanted to fALl iN LoVE wITh sOMeOne MORE. Period! This book was SO cute and I've never actually felt this gushy about a fictional couple. Also, I absolutely LOVE this cover and I’m going to be able to have the pleasure of meeting the author this Saturday!1!!1! Mae is this confident New Yorker who loves watching and making film. Hugo's a kind-of-famous sextuplet from the U.K. who does great in school but doesn't r 4⅚ STARS. I feel disgusting for saying this, but after reading this book, never have I wanted to fALl iN LoVE wITh sOMeOne MORE. Period! This book was SO cute and I've never actually felt this gushy about a fictional couple. Also, I absolutely LOVE this cover and I’m going to be able to have the pleasure of meeting the author this Saturday!1!!1! Mae is this confident New Yorker who loves watching and making film. Hugo's a kind-of-famous sextuplet from the U.K. who does great in school but doesn't really know what his passion is. When Hugo's girlfriend Margaret dumps him soon before they we're supposed to go on the train trip in the U.S., she lets him keep the tickets. He realizes that he still needs a travel partner—someone with the same exact name as his ex. That's how he meets Mae. In Field Notes on Love we follow Mae and Hugo as they go on a road trip across America. THE CHARACTERS? LOVEABLE | ★★★★★ Mae is great. She says what she wants. I love her. She comes into the book with her own idea of what love is and leaves saying, oh, so it's actually way better than that. But I love Hugo even better. He's extremely relatable and everything he did had me [heart emoji, air puffing out nose emoji]. Both he and Mae are pretty likable people. Other notable characters: - Mae's grandmother: Cool old person. - Alfie: One of Hugo's siblings. I love his banter. - Mae's dads: Cool and relatable fathers. There's nothing off about the pacing, so five stars again. Everyone's choices seemed pretty reasonable, and I couldn't imagine anything happening in any other way. So five stars. THE ROMANCE? GREAT | ★★★★★ This is the first couple I've read about where I wasn't like, this is fine I guess, or, these people should hate each other, wtf, or, is this freshman year of high school?? because there's no chemistry. Mae and Hugo are a natural pair. They're, like, fresh or something. They're clean. "Exquisite" is a word that comes to mind. For some reason. My point is that their relationship is in no way forced. Besides, it's the whole plot of the book, so it would be embarrassing to miss. But they were just really cute. I'm here for it. I'm very sure I'd give up my trust fund for them. No question. The book was pretty luring. I always wanted to read it. So how interesting was the book? Very. Five stars. My only problem with the book was the writing. | ★★★★☆ There were two things off about it. One thing: There were two or three times where something kind of dramatic happened, and I just didn't care. At these moments, I wanted to be like [D':], but I could only manage a [\: okay]. I think the writing was too impersonal at times and I couldn't feel anything. The other thing: I can't even confidently pinpoint it. It might've been the sometimes-rapid change in perspective. I'm not sure. There was just something else in the book getting on my nerves. ★ In conclusion, I want to go on a train ride with some British dude I've never met. Thank you.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tijana

    Welcome to the CringeFest. Trigger warning: the most extreme case of insta love that makes ME - a person who after dating a guy for a few months decided to move across the globe for him - roll my eyes. All right, to be frank, it wasn't the worst or most cliche YA novel I ever read. But I certainly dove into it with different expectations! I wanted to hear about the epic road trip! We certainly need more road trip stories in this bookish world! And all I got was two kids falling in love while sleepin Welcome to the CringeFest. Trigger warning: the most extreme case of insta love that makes ME - a person who after dating a guy for a few months decided to move across the globe for him - roll my eyes. All right, to be frank, it wasn't the worst or most cliche YA novel I ever read. But I certainly dove into it with different expectations! I wanted to hear about the epic road trip! We certainly need more road trip stories in this bookish world! And all I got was two kids falling in love while sleeping next to each other on a train.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emer (A Little Haze)

    This was beyond adorable. I laughed, I cried and pretty much just finished the book with a stupid goofy grin on my face. Still not quite sure how BorrowBox had this available to borrow before the publication date of the paperback here but I'm certainly delighted that they did!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)

    Oh my god that was so simple and pure. I'm going to write a full review this week, but just an FYI, this book is SoOoOoOoOo UNDERRATED . If you want a light, fluffy contemporary read to finish out the summer with--get this and thank me later. Freaking QUEEN Jenny Han blurbed it, friendos, and somehow NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR WHAT REASON, EXACTLY? *is most clearly audibly confused* Whatever. Brb. Just going to order more books by this author so I can feel light and fluffy and forget the cru Oh my god that was so simple and pure. I'm going to write a full review this week, but just an FYI, this book is SoOoOoOoOo UNDERRATED . If you want a light, fluffy contemporary read to finish out the summer with--get this and thank me later. Freaking QUEEN Jenny Han blurbed it, friendos, and somehow NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR WHAT REASON, EXACTLY? *is most clearly audibly confused* Whatever. Brb. Just going to order more books by this author so I can feel light and fluffy and forget the crummy world we live in.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}

    This review was originally posted on Rebel Mommy Book Blog

  21. 5 out of 5

    The Clever Reader

    Ok! I think this is my new favorite YA Contemporary! I loved Mae and Hugo's story! Both Mae and Hugo have amazing families who are so supportive of them. Although both of them feel a little lost in life in their own ways the week they spend together shows them both exactly what they want. I enjoyed every minute of it and the narration was fantastic.

  22. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    this book is so quintessentially contemporary fluff, i cant even handle it right now. jennifer smith has really grown in my eyes. i wasnt a big fan of her earlier stories, but this and ‘windfall’ have now convinced me otherwise. she is definitely becoming an author i will immediately recommend when friends are looking for that sweet YA goodness. there is just so much to love about this and i adored every word. ↠ 4 stars

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    3.75/5stars Cute, fun, loved the characters and the premise and the train trip journey aspect was my personal fave thing! It’s a little cookie cutter but I almost expect that from JES - I can ALWAYS count on her to give me something cute and fluffy tho

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie (Lost in Pages)

    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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kate ☀️ Olson

    Absolutely delightful YA travel adventure/love story that I couldn’t put down. I teared up twice and immediately after finishing threw it to my teen daughter and told she HAS to read it. May be my new favorite title by this author!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rashika (is tired)

    Actual Rating 3.5 Field Notes on Love is exactly what you would expect. It’s cute. It’s fluffy. It’s a quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the kind of book you seek out on a cold, winter day when you need some good vibes and miss the summer sun. Hugo just broke up with his long-time girlfriend and is stuck with a non-transferable trip to the US of A. He needs to find someone with the exact same name as his ex so he can go on a trip of a lifetime and get away from his big, bustling family Actual Rating 3.5 Field Notes on Love is exactly what you would expect. It’s cute. It’s fluffy. It’s a quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the kind of book you seek out on a cold, winter day when you need some good vibes and miss the summer sun. Hugo just broke up with his long-time girlfriend and is stuck with a non-transferable trip to the US of A. He needs to find someone with the exact same name as his ex so he can go on a trip of a lifetime and get away from his big, bustling family for the first time. So he does what anyone would do, he puts an ad on the internet. YAY. Mae is an aspiring filmmaker. Unfortunately she didn’t get into the program of her dreams so she has a lot to prove to herself and the world about her filmmaking skills. When she sees Hugo’s ad for a trip companion, she decides she needs to get out of her comfort zone and embark on an adventure. When the two meet, they hit off even though it is a bit of an awkward situation. As they travel across the country, they meet lots of new people and in turn learn more about what it is they want in the long run. I think, in situations like these, when the premise is unoriginal and tropes are abundant, the way a book stands out is on the basis of the kind of relationships the characters have with the people around them. The secondary characters infuse a new life to the tropes and help make the book distinct. In the case of Field Notes On Love, Mae’s relationship with her grandmother and Hugo’s relationship with his siblings really help make the book unique and all the more delightful. While these characters don’t have as much page time, they do have a significant presence in the thoughts of the main characters and their lives in general so we get a really good feel for them. THEY ARE ALL WONDERFUL and supportive and I wish I could hang out with them. Overall, Field Notes for Love is an entertaining read if not a particularly memorable one. I’d definitely recommend it with a nice cup of hot cocoa on a cold, winter day (or a cold, rainy day.)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    Simple boy meets girl, both have a few quickly resolved bumps and interesting backstories. Easy and fast. A great choice tween heavier reads. I enjoyed all the characters. . . Not one baddie in the whole lot!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeannine Allison

    4.5 stars! So sweet!! If you're looking for a cute, quick, and refreshing YA novel, look no further!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    4.5 stars. Whatever, this ratings system is garbage. But wow wow wow this book was the cutest. I was smiling as I was reading. Ahhh just like a jolt of cuteness. Hugo was such a well rounded male YA character. It was like Rainbow Rowell’s characterization but with a side of softness and something else I can’t quite put my finger on. At times it was jarring to read about the environment around the characters because I was so invested in them the plot felt secondary. Anyways, cute read - I recomme 4.5 stars. Whatever, this ratings system is garbage. But wow wow wow this book was the cutest. I was smiling as I was reading. Ahhh just like a jolt of cuteness. Hugo was such a well rounded male YA character. It was like Rainbow Rowell’s characterization but with a side of softness and something else I can’t quite put my finger on. At times it was jarring to read about the environment around the characters because I was so invested in them the plot felt secondary. Anyways, cute read - I recommend it highly

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Real rating: 4.5 stars! Loved this one.

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