Jennifer E. Smith

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Field Notes on Love

book | Mar 2019
World English → Delacorte Press (Ed. Beverly Horowitz and Kate Sullivan)

Featured on Amazon's Best Young Adult Books of March 2019
One of's 21 New Romance Novels for Spring
One of's March Romance Novels
One of SLJ's Spring YA Romances to look forward to
One of PW's Teen Spring Fling Reads

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?


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Told from the protagonists’ alternating perspectives and offering a well-rounded cast of secondary characters, this novel by Smith gives a contemporary twist to the tried-and-true plot of two strangers falling in love on a train. A coming-of-age story as well as a romance, it offers authentic, complementary protagonists while capturing the thrill of exploring new territory.

Publishers Weekly

A deeply satisfying read about a life-changing journey full of poignant moments.

Kirkus (starred review)

Field Notes on Love 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

Utterly romantic

Jenny Han

A highly readable and enjoyable choice for libraries serving teens, especially those with a demand for literary romance.

School Library Journal
Full Review

Rich and introspective, and this will appeal to any teen that appreciates a thoughtful love story.

Maggie Reagan

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