As part of the PH Blog Tour of Field Noted on Love by Jennifer E. Smith, hosted by Fay of Bibliophile Soprano. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Fay for hosting this amazing blog tour and to Delacorte Press for providing physical ARC.
Title: Field Notes on Love
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publication Date: March 5, 2019 by Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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 finding Hugo’s spare ticket offer online, she’s convinced it’s the perfect opportunity to expand her horizons.
When the two meet, the attraction is undeniable, and both find more than they bargained for. As Mae pushes Hugo to explore his dreams for his future, he’ll encourage her to channel a new, vulnerable side of her art. But when life off the train threatens the bubble they’ve created for themselves, will they manage to keep their love on track?
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 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 currently lives in New York City.
March 1 – Vivian & Ynnah
March 2 – Alexia & Kristiana
March 3 – Luxe & Cathrina
March 4 – Erica & Jennifer
March 5 – Fay & Shaine
March 6 – Camelle & Erika
March 7 – JM & Leslie
March 8 – Gel & Claire
Field Notes on Love is about discovering yourself while travelling, meeting people, family and friendship.
Hugo is set to tour America through riding train with his girlfriend, no – ex-girlfriend, Margaret Campbell. Only to broke up weeks before their scheduled travel date and to find that their reservations were under his ex’s name. He thinks of an alternative of looking to other Margaret Campbell as a substitute to his ex-girlfriend by posting to an online ad. With lots of applicants, he met Margaret “Mae” Campbell. She is American and an aspiring movie director. Mae is talented, and filming has special place in her heart. With her best friend sending an online ad about the train travel, she sees it as an opportunity to find something that is missing to her films.
Honestly, I enjoyed reading Field Notes on Love. It has a unique plot that even myself discovered that I have my own travel frustrations. It aches me to read that Hugo and Mae can travel and will do anything for something that they love.
Hugo and Mae are fun to read because of their unique personality. He wants to escape from some things to find and discover his own identity by traveling the world (well, I think it’s really hard to be part of sextuplets.). The freedom that Hugo experienced when he travels was remarkably strong for him that he does not want to go back. But Hugo has to consider his family’s opinion. And I know it is really hard to decide when similar events occur. But the courage that he more belatedly realizes and brace made him brave and be himself more. Plus, he has an adorable family that made me think that whatever happens, family will always support and back you up. Mae possesses strong personality, charming and at some point stubborn but she gives advise very well. However, she is afraid of revealing her true self to others. And keeps on securing herself from something unknown. Further, I love that Mae has two dads who make this book so special because it introduces how two fathers raise their child. Another character that strikes me is Nana. She is Mae’s grandmother and there are so much wisdom from her.
The character development is good, although I am not a fan of insta-love. But the story is really really exciting. It is in good pace, and the twists are okay. But there is one turn of events that I did not foresee and shocked me big time.
Field Notes on Love is fresh, light, engaging and page-turner. How I wish I could also travel the world through train like Hugo and Mae. Highly recommended if you like something that will kindle your heart.
“You can’t stay with someone only out of inertia”
“And just because they had a different opinion about it doesn’t mean you have to change yours.”
“…it’s impossible to make a great piece of art if you haven’t really lived.”
“Everyone grows up dreaming something different, Hugo. And that’s okay. It’s what makes life so interesting.”
“Love isn’t magic. It doesn’t transcend time and space. It doesn’t fix anything. It’s just love.”
“Sometimes the best ideas come from the most unlikely sources”
“Most things are easier than you think. It’s deciding to do them that’s hard.”
“You don’t know what happiness is—what it really means—until it’s taken away from you. Then you realize the world will never be as bright as it was.”
“Reality is well and good. But sometimes you just want to pretend the world is a better place than it actually is. That great and wonderful things can happen. That love triumphs over everything.”
“You’ve known for a long time that you want something different. It just took you a while to figure what it was.”
“That’s the thing. You almost never know when you’re saying goodbye to someone forever.”
“Be good. Be brave. Be yourself.”
“…if you want something badly enough, you have to make your own magic.”
We are giving away 3 proof copies of the book. Below is the Rafflecopter link of the giveaway: