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Field Notes on Love

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  12,334 ratings  ·  1,994 reviews
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
Hardcover, 271 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Delacorte Press
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Hopeless Romantic I would say so. The characters use some choice words (cuss words), and the two characters fall asleep next to each other more or less. I wouldn't reco…moreI would say so. The characters use some choice words (cuss words), and the two characters fall asleep next to each other more or less. I wouldn't recommend it to kids younger than 12. (less)

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Larry H
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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!


Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Wasted my time.

First let me explain about the 2 stars.
A star for the unbelievably happy unrealistic young adult romance book 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
Anne Bogel
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Hugo Wilkinson’s girlfriend Margaret unexpectedly breaks up with him, he’s left with a broken heart and an extra ticket for the trip of a lifetime they’d planned to take together between high school and college. It would be a grand adventure and an opportunity for Hugo to get out of his siblings’ shadow for a bit. As one of the famed Surrey sextuplets, there’s very little he gets to do on his own. Hugo would be happy to travel alone, but there’s a catch—Margaret booked the nonrefundable, no ...more
Mar 19, 2019 added it
why did i cry so much while reading this one? SO CUTE!! just what my spring contemporary craving heart needed.
monica kim
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
absolutely adorable but with so much heart
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Lately, I've been very picky with YAs. I started and unfinished three different ones before settling with Field Notes on Love.

In my experience, you couldn't go wrong with a road trip romance. This is even better because Mae and Hugo do the trip using the train and that's not even the cutest part. That they are total strangers to each other in the beginning of the trip is what is.

This is my fifth book by Ms. Jennifer E. Smith and she just keeps getting better. Told in the he said, she said POV, t
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(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.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
*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.
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
Feb 23, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a cute story, but nothing more for me. Hugo and Mae were truly adorable together and I really enjoyed their journey across the United States. I would have liked to see them explore the cities more, I feel like we got so little of that.
I also appreciated how both Hugo and Mae each had their own thing that they needed to reflect upon and to sort out: Hugo had university and its future to think about, whereas Mae had her movie.
If you're looking for a sweet ya romance that mostly takes pla
It was totally unique concept and brilliantly written by author Jennifer E. Smith.
Jen Ryland
Yay - really enjoyed this one - my favorite of her books so far.

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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."
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Becca da Romance Queen
4.5/5 Stars

Why not a full five STARS may you ask?
Because it was really confusing and boring in the beginning, plus I’m not a fan of third person, but Jennifer made it good anyway. This book was unlike like anything I’ve ever read before, I mean it. It’s realistic and creative and absolutely mad at the same time! Again with the British main characters! Their phrases are so cool! Rubish, mate, bloody hell, etc. It’s all quite amusing and amazing at the s
Stephanie Fitzgerald
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Y.A. readers, but adults would enjoy it also!
I really enjoyed this book! The premise of two teens meeting on a cross-country trip and developing a sweet, innocent relationship together drew me right in. Add to that the fact that the boy protagonist is one of six sextuplets from England and I couldn’t put it down!
Memorable quotes:
(Pg.27) “When he was little, his Mum used to call him Paddington because he was always getting lost from the rest of the group.”
(Pg. 99) “I love that every generation thinks they’ve invented it. They think they are
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
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
Amber J
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I was given a free copy of this book through the Goodreads giveaway program. This does not in any way affect my opinion. I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

So this book was a 3-star for me from start to finish. Which for me means that I enjoyed it. It had some good moments, but nothing about the stor
temi ★
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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
celine (celinereads)
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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!
Renee (itsbooktalk)
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Éimhear (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!

Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a cute read and a nice audiobook to have playing in the background at work. The premise is fun, Hugo needs a replacement for his now ex girlfriend to go with him on a train ride across America. He puts up an add looking for a Margaret Campbell and gets a perfect match with Mae. Mae is driven, but keeps her heart locked up. Seeing her open up to Hugo and fall for him was adorable and I thought it was great that she pushed him to pursue his dreams.

I think a train ride like that woul
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
Sarah {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.

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Jennifer E. Smith is the author of eight books for young adults, including WINDFALL and THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her writing has been translated into 33 languages. ...more

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