"This definitely gets a re-read from me."

Summary:

Hugo Wilkinson (18) is the youngest of a set of sextuplets from Surrey, England. He loves his family but yearns to be recognized as his own self. Margaret “Mae” Campbell (18) is a budding filmmaker from New York who is scared of revealing her true self in her craft.  When Hugo’s girlfriend breaks up with him before their planned trip across the United States, she gives him the tickets and reservations, which, unfortunately, are all in her name and cannot be transferred to him.

Determined to not waste them, Hugo sends out a message and asks anyone with the same name as his girlfriend if they’d like to join him. Mae responds, sending him a film as her application. Hugo initially chooses another Margaret Campbell, but when she is unable to go, Hugo contacts Mae. The two set off from New York, and as their trip progresses, Hugo and Mae develop a connection as they get to know each other. Their time together is cut short when Mae receives tragic news; however, the relationship that they had established and nurtured up until that point continues to impact them individually and helps both attain a level of self-fulfillment.


BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
This heartwarming novel will definitely get a reread from me. I loved the chemistry between Hugo and Mae, and their respective characterization was wonderful. Often in a young-adult romance, the main characters embody certain archetypes (e.g., the Mary Sue, the Bad Boy, the Jock, etc.). However, none of that appeared in this book, and it was extremely refreshing to read about characters who have flaws and complexities. I think it’s a feat that Smith was able to develop such enjoyable protagonists within a fairly short book. While it’s not exactly realistic for two people to fall in love within a one-week trip, I found Hugo and Mae’s relationship believable. They complement one another, and all the little moments they’d spent together culminate in beautiful, young love.

Field Notes on Love is simple, sweet, and it will cheer you up when you’re feeling down. It’s a little bit predictable, but that won’t take away from your enjoyment. I recommend this book to readers ages 13 and older. It is a great book to borrow from a library, but it would also be nice to have your own copy on the shelf to revisit once in a while when you need a little pick-me-up.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

A wholesome, comfortable teen romance that could easily sit on your shelf as a pick-me-up on those days you want something short and sweet.

Content Awareness Factors:

None noted.


Type of Book:
This is a young adult romance novel set on board a train traveling across the United States.
Educational Themes:

Read this for fun. Although we did not find any discussion questions specifically for Field Notes on Love, this set of Book Club Questions at Book Riot will definitely fit for talking about this book. There is no particular order or required questions, and with 26 to choose from, there are lots of directions you can take this.

Reading Level:
5.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
15 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
14 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. If you like Hallmark-movie-ish books, this is a buy to have on hand when you need a pick-me-up.

Title Field Notes on Love
Author Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher Ember, Imprint Penguin Random House Canada © 2020 (Reprint Edition)
ISBN 9780399559440
Material Hard Cover
Cost $10.99
Genres Emotions and Feelings, Humor, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
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