Field Notes on Love by Jennifer Smith is a humorous twist on the classic two strangers meet and fall in love troupe we all know and secretly (or maybe not-so-secretly) love. And no, that’s not a spoiler because you knew this was a romance before even clicking this link from the title alone.
Things start out looking pretty grim for our lead boy, Surrey, England native Hugo Wilkinson, when his girlfriend breaks his heart right before their planned train (yes, train) trip around the United States. You might be thinking, “He can use the trip to get over her; problem solved!" Except he can’t. The twist is all of the reservations are in HER name. And in walks Megan (Mae) Campbell, who just happens to have the same name as Hugo’s ex and is in need of her own distraction from reality. As they travel across the country, they reveal more about themselves and those walls start to come down enough for things to spark. But it wouldn’t be a young adult romance if there wasn’t some drama. But for that you’ll have to read the book!
Now if the book isn’t available or you’re dying for similar reads to break your heart (or mend it), here are a few titles that might fill that void or keep you from falling into a reading slump.
First off, Jennifer Smith has other young adult novels to keep you going on that trend. Two of her books, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between and The Geography of Me & You are both wonderful young adult reads with plenty of romance, drama and humor to keep you going. Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between also takes place just before the main characters, Clare and Aidan, are about to set off to separate colleges. Throughout the novel, which takes place over the course of 12 hours, the couple is faced with the question of staying together or saying goodbye forever. In The Geography of Me & You, the main characters have their meet-cute during a blackout in New York City. The two spend the night wandering the city and, you guessed it, starting to fall in love. Too bad they’re about to be as far apart, geographically speaking, as possible, the next day. This story unfolds through various communications between the two as we see if love can overcome physical distances.
If you’re looking for something that’s a little less, well, tragic maybe you should give these next titles a try! When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon features a pair of teens, Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel who are about to attend a summer camp for aspiring web designers. Not a huge coincidence until you find out that these two teens' parents have already arranged for their marriage. They’re not getting married any time soon and the parents weren’t planning to push the two together so soon, but when fate steps in, you just have to go with the flow. Dimple is a girl focused on her goals, but will hopeless romantic Rishi be able to woo her into giving him a chance a little earlier than planned?
Another light-hearted, feel-good young adult romance is Love a la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm. This book is the perfect read for lovers of Top Chef, Chopped or The Great British Bake Off. Henry Yi and Rosie Radeke both find themselves in the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the world in the most romantic city full of amazing food, Paris, France. In this program these two teen chefs from the Midwest United States will be pushed to their limits, both in the kitchen and out. The pressure is high and the feels are strong. Will Henry be able to win the heart of his dream girl Rosie, or will he lose to someone a little cooler under pressure? Well you’ll have to read the book to find out how this love triangle turns out.
Be sure to check out our other recommendations for teens and people who enjoy young adult literature here! As always, you can request these books directly on the website, with a real life librarian in the branch or on a digital copy through the Cloudlibrary or hoopla apps! And don’t forget to start logging the books you’re reading because our Summer Reading Challenge has begun! Click here for more details about how to participate and what the prizes are for 2019.