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A Today.com Best Pick for Valentine’s Day * An Amazon Best Book of the Month
A whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet—and perhaps change their minds about love—on a train ride in the middle of a snowstorm. Leah Konen’s Love and Other Train Wrecks is perfect for fans of Emery Lord and Jennifer E. Smith.
Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s traveling home for one last chance with his first love, and he needs a miracle to win her back. Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—just look at her parents. If there’s one thing she’s learned about love in the last year, it’s that it ends.
That is, until one winter night when Noah and Ammy find themselves in the same Amtrak car heading to Upstate New York. After a train-wreck first impression between the two of them, the Amtrak train suddenly breaks down—in the middle of a snowstorm.
Desperate to make it to their destinations, Noah and Ammy have no other option but to travel together. What starts off as a minor detour turns into the journey of a lifetime, but come morning their adventure takes an unexpected turn for the worst.
Can one night can really change how they feel about love...and the course of their lives forever?
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Leah Konen is the author of The Last Time We Were Us, Love and Other Train Wrecks, and The Romantics. She grew up in a two-stoplight farming town in Washington State before moving to suburban North Carolina, where there were many more stoplights and lots of sweet tea. After studying journalism at the University of North Carolina, she headed to New York City to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. When she’s not working on novels and articles or writing for fashion brands, she enjoys devouring new books; spoiling her dog, Farley; biking around Brooklyn; checking out live music, and binge-watching TV. Find her online at www.leahkonen.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Love isn't the answer, a lot of the time. At least not romantic love. Sometimes, the other kind- the loyal kind- is what really matters." A snowstorm, a train that suddenly stops for no real reason, and two older teenagers trying to get to where they need/want to be. To me, this sounded like such a fun wintery type of read. I've really grown to love stories that take place over a short amount of time with two people exploring or getting to a certain destination. In this one, we have Noah and Ammy who both are riding on the AmTrack trying to get to different things. Noah wants to go and win a girl over and take her out. While Ammy is trying to make it to her dad's wedding that really isn't a wedding (basically a commitment ceremony). Ammy is also dealing with some things that are happening with her mom and feels guilty about her parents splitting up. “It makes me feel free, like I could get lost in the woods and live my best life or something.” Noah is so nice and tries to help Ammy, but she was upset still because of everything that was going on at home, so she didn't really care for it. While she wasn't completely rude at times, she also didn't want to tell him where she was going even after they started trying to find a different way to get to their destinations. All Noah knew is that they were going to the same area. With little to work with, and spotty phone coverage for the GPS things go a little wrong, fairly quickly. "Captain Obvious is nothing without his lesser-known counterpart, Queen Snark." Overall I enjoyed this book. I was hoping for a little bit more adventure and fewer secrets. Love and Other Train Wrecks takes place over two days and has many miss adventures. I really liked the friendship that Noah and Ammy were starting to have. They are full both full of snarkiness and banter between the two once they start adventuring. Noah is the take charge one who keeps trying to find a way to get to their destinations. Two failed attempts later due to the snow storm, they end up having to stay in a hotel together. This is where we really start to see Ammy opening up a little bit and finally starting to let out everything she's been holding in that has made her seem so angsty throughout most of the book. Things, of course, happen that upset both of them and make them question what they were starting to feel for each other. Will they keep their new friendship? Or will what they discover make them go there separate ways and never talk about it again? You'll have to read it to find out. For me I really loved the setting of this book, I love train books, and if you add in snow as well then I am sold. If you know any other books that have those two things please tell me below.
I can honestly say what intrigued me enough to want to read this would be the title. And when I found out it was over a span of 24 hours, I was sold. It wasn’t my favorite, but I liked it all the same. Ammy is on her way to see her father and step mother get fake married. Noah is on his way to win back the heart of his one and only true love. Their paths cross on the train to their destinations. On the way there, they run into a series of “unfortunate events.” From guns to train wrecks, this has it all. For the most part, I can say it was a good book. I laughed and there were even times I swooned. But unfortunately it was also very predictable. For most of the book I knew what was happening. It sucked because I wanted to like it more than I did. There was also the plot. In certain areas it dragged (I mean it was mainly like them walking in snow lol) but overall, it was still pretty enjoyable. As for the romance, I really enjoyed it to say it was over a span of 24 hours. I normally don’t care for insta-love, but I think because of how it all played out and how it was over the entire book, I didn’t too much care about it. It was definitely an interesting change from what I normally read. I really enjoyed certain aspects of this book which made this one a hit with me. Leah Knoen is a writer that I will look out for in the future.
2.5 Stars "'Here goes,' I say, without turning to her. I slide the safety latch on the bottom. Then I grab the long handle in the middle. It turns under my weight, easier than it should be. The door opens, and there it is. The whole world in front of us. Our adventure, beckoning." This is a good winter season contemporary, but I only really connected with one half of the couple, so the entire story fell a bit flat for me. I love the meeting and sense of serendipitous adventure that Ammy and Noah find themselves in - even with the many snags, their journey is nice to see. And I did think the romance was sweet and fluffy, with a healthy dose of snarky and angst. Unfortunately, I wasn't the biggest fan of Ammy. I just didn't really connect with her, and our personalities didn't mesh well. Plus, I found her to be annoyingly indignant at times, and it kinda rubbed me the wrong way. Despite not loving Ammy, I thought the story was nice and enjoyable for the most part. I received a copy of the book from Katherine Tegen Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
I do enjoy a story with a known and specific time frame to it, so I was pretty eager to get to it. I liked Noah. He’s sweet and maybe a bit nerdy, but pretty adorable. Ammy is smart and loyal and having a hard time with what’s going on in her life. Because of that, she lashes out. A lot. So much that I struggled to root for her. Plot wise, it was like a YA Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. I enjoyed all of the little mishaps and obstacles they had to deal with. There is a slight reveal that I wasn’t expecting and how that’s handled was frustrating and satisfying at the same time. Overall, I did want to love this book like crazy, but just couldn’t fully get behind Ammy’s journey. **Huge thanks to Katherine Tegen Books for providing the arc free of charge**