A travel story with tons of romance not just from the main couple, but all these wonderfully quirky and individualistic characters around them as well. After being suddenly broken up with, our British hero, part of sextuplets, decides that he will take the trip he had originally planned with his now ex-girlfriend. Due to booking problems, he now needs to find a girl with the exact same name. Enter Margaret Campbell (or Mae). What unfolds once these two meet is a cute story of what love means, the importance of family and how adventures are a necessary part of our lives. This story will leave you wanting to take a journey yourself and finally taking that leap of faith and hopefully finding your own Hugo, or at least, yourself. Although the romance is fantastic, what really stands out is the way the families are written and how wonderfully warm they'll make you feel.
Hugo and his girlfriend Margaret Campbell were planning on taking a train across the US before they both left for college. After she breaks up with him, Hugo, a sextuplet, knows that he can not give up the chance to be away from his siblings for the first time ever. The only problem is that the train tickets were all under Margaret’s name, so Hugo decides to look for a different Margaret Campbell to travel with. The girl he finds is an aspiring director hoping to create a film that will get her accepted to USC’s film school. As their journey progresses, the conversations they have with each other and their fellow passengers teach them about finding yourself, following your passions, and above all the meaning of love.
"Utterly romantic." --Jenny Han, NYT bestselling author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before
The 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?
"One of the loveliest, most touching romances of 2019 thus far that gets at the nature of something deeply buried in all of our hearts." --Entertainment Weekly
"This warm, romantic, never overly sentimental story is told with humor and heart....A deeply satisfying read about a life-changing journey full of poignant moments." --Kirkus, starred review
About the Author
Jennifer E. Smith is the author of eight novels for young adults, including 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 lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @JenESmith or visit her at jenniferesmith.com.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"Romance novels can titillate, inspire, intoxicate, and more—but then sometimes they reach in and touch something essential in you. Jennifer E. Smith’s Field Notes on Love is a YA romance that does just that....[it] is one of the loveliest, most touching romances of 2019 thus far that gets at the nature of something deeply buried in all of our hearts." —Entertainment Weekly
"This warm, romantic, never overly sentimental story is told with humor and heart....A deeply satisfying read about a life-changing journey full of poignant moments."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Hugo and Mae's alternating viewpoints are rich and introspective, and this will appeal to any teen that appreciates a thoughtful love story." —Booklist