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Love and Other Train Wrecks

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  2,397 ratings  ·  473 reviews
A twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet — and perhaps change their minds about love — on a train ride to Upstate New York in the middle of a snowstorm.

One train ride. Two strangers.

Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s heading back home for one last chance with his first love, whom he broke up with when he went off to college.

Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—her p
ebook, 368 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
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may ❀
see, this is exactly why i'm the most subjective of readers. how the heck am i supposed to rate this anything less than 5 stars when it kept me up past 3am????!!????!!!

this book might not have been the most revolutionary idea but it was freaking adorable and the most perfect fluffy, ❄️❄️wintery❄️❄️read

- the characters are genuine and their conversations were cute and natural
- freaking adorable, unlikely romance between two polar opposite teenagers stranded in a snowstorm trying to get home
- they
this was an impulsive pick up at the library because it sounded very cute, but unfortunately i was left with just an ‘okay’ feeling, overall. i think the main reason was i failed to connect with, or even like, ammys character. she really wore on my patience throughout the book. also, this was very insta-lovey and sometimes that works with meet-cutes, but it didnt for me in this particular case. however, it was enough of a decent story that i wanted to finish it, so that definitely says something ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book felt like...well, a train wreck. In order to write a review that is as concise as possible (I hope), I'm going to divide my observations into three main areas. First up:

Characters I thought Ammy was awful pretty much from the time she mocked The Hunger Games right up until the end of the book. Her snobby taste in literature aside, she's one of those feminists who apparently thinks it's okay to make rude comments to men for reinforcing antiquated gender norms by daring to (gasp!)
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
This was so cute! I was wavering between a 4.5 and a 5, but the 5 won out! The characters really bothered me at the beginning. They were so. fucking. stupid. but they really grew on me. I got so angry at their thinking sometimes until I realized I've thought the exact same things. The only difference between us is that I was their age 6/7 years ago, and I've had time to realize how shitty that kind of thinking is. They were me when I was a teenager. Once I took a step back and put myself back in ...more
I do enjoy a story with a known and specific time frame to it, so I was pretty eager to get to it.

I liked Noah. He’s sweet and maybe a bit nerdy, but pretty adorable. Ammy is smart and loyal and having a hard time with what’s going on in her life. Because of that, she lashes out. A lot. So much that I struggled to root for her.

Plot wise, it was like a YA Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. I enjoyed all of the little mishaps and obstacles they had to deal with. There is a slight reveal that I was
Jaye Berry
Feb 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary, library, ya, 2018
Not even halfway done when I decided to write this review and haven't changed anything since then, if that tells you anything.

Love and Other Train Wrecks begins on a train with Ammy heading to her father's wedding with his new wife. On the train she meets Noah, a boy on his way home to try to win his ex-girlfriend back, with flowers and a romantic plan in hand. A massive snowstorm is happening and soon the train breaks down. With a leap of faith, Ammy and Noah head off the train trying to find o
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, read-in-2018
Noah is a precious little bun that just needs to be protected at all costs. I'm kind of confused at how I want to rate this because it did make me think it was so stinking cute but it kind of was just an alright kind of story. So I think 3 stars its gonna be which makes me sad but it seems about right.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was just okay in my opinion. I really hoped there would be more to the story and I felt a bit disappointed in the end.
The characters, Ammy especially, definitely mature throughout the book and I was glad for this.
The big plot-twist was a bit of a shocker but I wasn't the biggest fan, I would have preferred something else.
The ending was in some way what I hoped, maybe the author could have given us a little something more though.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
The only thing I liked about this book was its cover.
Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Konen's last book, The Romantics, and had high hopes for this book. I am happy to report, that Love and Other Train Wrecks delighted me in many of the same ways.

•Pro: Noah was a sweet cupcake and I loved him. He was not perfect, as I found out, but he had a huge and beautiful, if slightly misguided, heart.

•Pro: I loved the dynamic between Ammy and Noah. Eavesdropping on their conversations was quite a treat, and seeing them go from strangers to enemies to friends to more warmed
This is was a cute read and I was really invested in the characters and their backstory. But I was a little lukewarm on them together and the ending was too neatly wrapped up. It was still good so I look forward to more from this author.
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
2.75 Stars
"'Here goes,' I say, without turning to her.
I slide the safety latch on the bottom. Then I grab the long handle in the middle. It turns under my weight, easier than it should be. The door opens, and there it is. The whole world in front of us.
Our adventure, beckoning."

This is a good winter season contemporary, but I only really connected with one half of the couple, so the entire story fell a bit flat for me. I love the meeting and sense of serendipitous adventure that Ammy
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight


I have some of the mixed feelings about this particular book. Obviously the best way to decipher said feelings is with a good old fashioned list.

Things I Liked:

A train trip! Who doesn't love that idea, it sounds so fun, and kind of a cute, old-fashioned way to meet.

Shenanigans ensue. Obviously, a mundane train ride does not a novel make. So some stuff has to happen that i
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ya, romance
First Line: The train isn't as romantic as I thought it would be.

I wanted to pick up something light, but this book frustrated me a bit. I won't deny it had its cute moments and it was such an easy read, and an adventure I certainly dreamed of in my teenage years (from watching all those romcoms).

Along the span of one day, two teenagers meet on a train heading to the same town for different reasons, and when the train break down, they decide they must do anything to get to their destination, and
Mary Judson
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Like so many, Love and Other Train Wrecks started out fresh and interesting and cute. Then it turned for the worse into a cheesy, unimaginative waste of reading time. The characters were cliche, stupid, and selfish. And, I think, unrealistic. Instead of cheering on the main characters towards love and each other, I was thinking they’d honestly be better apart. But, hey, another book added toward my reading challenge goal.
Reminded me of whichever story in Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances where the teens are stranded on the train in the snow and then they have to leave the train and trek out into the snow and fall in love, etc. (It's been a while since I read Let It Snow, can you tell?) ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fun train romance!
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
*ARC Kindly provided by Katherine Tegen Books thru Edelweiss for review*

I was blindsided. Just when I thought I would get a quick story about two strangers meeting on a long train ride & falling in love, I get a book divided into three interesting parts. Love and other Train Wrecks spans an entirety of a day (or two). On a very short and quick time frame, a lot happened.

The story introduced us to two strangers (Ammy and Noah) who boarded the Amtrak going to the same destination but for different
May 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not crazy about the characters but the story was fun at least. Ammy was a bit too hot then cold and was too fond of her "not that type of girl" mentality. Noah was better, but still a bit bland. The book is short and yet I skimmed quite a few parts that were repetitive, too internal monologue-y, and long. I can think of other contemporaries I'd recommend before this one.

Full review: https://picturethisliteraturecom.word...
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I did not warm to either Ammy or Noah and did not particularly care if they got together in the end or not (it might have been a better book if they had not). I think I kept reading primarily to see what stupid decision they would make next, and they made a lot of them.
Popsugar challenge 2019: A book that takes place in a single day.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Full review posted on Nikki's Novel Niche

A cute story that proves that sometimes the journey can start off rocky and rough but the struggle is worth it in the end.

I really liked both Noah and Ammy and felt their characters developed nicely throughout the story. Both start off kind of naive and self-centered but begin to have some realizations as their adventure progresses. There were a few points of the story that I found myself thinking “WTH, why are they doing this, what are they thinking!?!”
My Bookish Delights
Cover: 4/5 (I picked it up because I liked the cover and the title)

Story: 4/5

I really enjoyed this one. It had a good balance between a romance between two characters who are having the worst of luck and some deeper family drama that I thought was played out realistically. I saw the plot twist coming, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. (view spoiler)
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up

I really liked the character growth of both Ammy and Noah. They were both dealing with some pretty intense stuff, and they grew a lot through the course of the book. Especially Ammy. I didn’t like her at first, but I ended up warming up to her eventually. For taking place over the course of one day, it didn’t feel like instalove, which was definitely a good thing. I would have liked Kat to be in the story more though. I really liked her. Overall a cute contemporary.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Stephanie
Cover Story: Simple But Charming
BFF Charm: Torn x2
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Unfavorable Comparisons
Bonus Factor: Misadventures In Travel
Factor: Plot Twists
Anti-Bonus Factor: Awful Grownups
Relationship Status: Seatmates

Read the full book report here.
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet during a train wreck was an enjoyable and light read.
I liked the characters. Noah was definitely my favourite. He has a pure heart, he's sweet, nerdy and totally adorable. Ammy annoyed me a little at the beginning, but then I started to understand her and I learned to appreciate her.
I think Leah Konen did a good job. (view spoiler)
Laura's Book Addiction
"Noah is a total romantic, I realise. I mean, I knew he was sappy-hello,cheesy flowers- but this is a different kind of romance. The desire for the world to be magical all around you."

Love and Other Train Wrecks is the perfect YA novel. It's funny,sweet and a little sad. I wanna meet Noah on the Amtrak and go on a adventure!!
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a random impulse pick at the library. Liked the cover, the name and the idea of a romantic train ride. Saved it for a fun, easy read for Valentine’s Day week and it was just that. A bit much at times, but what YA romance isn’t?!
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
If you're in need of a contemporary to cure your winter blues, pick this book up!

May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a cute story! I really enjoyed it. A good YA without being overly dramatic. Characters you want to root for with a present-day love story that warms your heart : )
Sara (sarabara081)
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
You can find more of my review at Forever 17 Books.

I adore books with a romance steming from strangers meeting one night through extraordinary circumstances, especially when it comes to delayed traveling and crazy adventures. In Love and Other Train Wrecks we have two strangers who wound up next to each other on a train that breaks down. They decide to take a risk and embark on a crazy adventure to reach their destinations but didn’t plan on the feelings they would develop in the process.

Noah wa
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Leah Konen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied journalism and English literature. "All the Broken People," releasing June 30, is her first thriller. She's also the author of several young adult novels, including "Love and Other Train Wrecks" and "The Romantics." She lives in Brooklyn and Saugerties, NY, with her husband, their daughter, Eleanor, and ...more

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