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Publisher's Summary

"Utterly romantic." (Jenny Han, NYT best-selling author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before)

The best-selling 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)

©2019 Jennifer E. Smith (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"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

"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)

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So unlikable

DNF. The main girl is pretty much what I hate about society today. Cancel culture, absolutely outraged by everything. Hates everyone that doesn't agree with her, she's a poor poor victim, blah blah blah. I couldn't even make it to when they meet, which is too bad because the guy's story seemed really interesting. I really wanted to learn more about him.

Narrators were good though.

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Sweet and hopeful.

I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet and hopeful and just a bit angsty which is exactly what I love. Hugo was great and relatable and I loved that Mae was a bit of a non romantic girl. It was very refreshing to read.

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Wonderful

I loved this book! I was a wonderland of hope, love, loss, and possibilities to life.

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Field Notes on Love

I loved this book! I recommend it to anyone! It is well written! Well done!

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Ah-dork-able!

An ooey-gooey teen romance, perfect for anyone who likes spontaneous, sappy, movie worthy stories.