Field Notes of Love

Title: Field Notes of Love
Author: Jennifer Smith
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press

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?

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.

Everytime Jennifer Smith releases a new book, I have this feeling that I'm about to dive with full of unexpected love moments. One of the elements that I dearly love on her books is not just the characters themselves, but the setting and supporting characters are so enjoyable to read. Field Notes of Love is not just about finding yourself and falling in love, it is a page-turner novel that ignites the importance of acceptance of an inescapable fates in one's life.

Just like the title, Field Notes of Love is almost like reading to a collection of stories of people about their own definition of love. The strength and weaknesses of love illuminated so much on this book. I found myself on a train ride along with Mae and Hugo and I was so eager to see how will they open up to each other. 

Mae wants to be a successul filmmaker, who wants to finds her center, of what is truly the missing piece in all of the films she had done. Hugo also wants to finds himself, of what he truly wants to go, other than just being in Surrey Six, that's what they are called since he is one of the sextuplets. Both of them have a single goal, it is to explore what they really are. 

Mae and Hugo embarks about opening up themselves of facing their own battles. The spare ticket changed both of their lives. These characters grew so much just from the people they have met on the train, the strangers who shared their stories about life, love, loss and courage. Mae and Hugo learned to accept their fears and face it with all of their hearts. This is something that I dearly enjoyed in reading this book. It kept me really surprised how Mae and Hugo slowly opened up and eventually fallen in love. 

Field Notes of Love is a kind of book you'll definitely need to grab on to if you want to experience a train ride full of unexpected events. It is packed with love, trust, and acceptance. This book deserves 5 stars!!!

Thank you so much Fay and Penguin Random House for including me on this book tour!


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.