Synopsis: 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?
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: March 5, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance, YA
This book starts by introducing the two characters, Hugo and Mae. They live different lives and they each have a wide narrative. And of course who wouldn’t want a cute love story between a British guy and a witty and creative girl. Hugo just came from a break up with his girlfriend who seemed to me was a bitch for what she did. But because of it, he meets Mae. The way they met was brilliant! He was supposed to go on a trip across the US but the tickets were in the name of his girlfriend, Margaret Campbell. He posts it online and finds this Margaret Campbell who is a witty and creative filmmaker. They bond together and their romance starts. Accompanied by family drama and young life adventure.
In my opinion, what I loved about this book is how they met. They have an interesting and romantic story including an adventurous trip and they each have interesting personalities. Their situations are also relatable. It’s because Mae has the realistic struggles of being a filmmaker and how there’s insecurity in her work. I guess all of us struggle with the same thing like making our mark in the world.
One thing I also loved is the conversations of Mae with her Nana about love. It’s very touching and there’s a lot of quotes in this book. What I can really say is that this book is one of my favorite Jennifer E. Smith books and I highly recommend it! It’s better than other contemporary romance premises.
I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a book with a cross-country road trip, meet cute, British guy, and witty banter. Also to fans of Geekerella and Jenny Han. It’s a very short yet loveable read that is perfect for lovers of contemporary romance especially for Filipino contemporary readers!
About the Author
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.
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