Love & Other Train Wrecks

So now that I’ve read this I’m pretty sure I requested this from the library thinking it was a different book. Maybe contemporary train books will be the new dystopia? Hmm… The perk of accidentally reading the wrong book is that it fits with something I needed for my PopSugar challenge!


Summary

l&otwA twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet—and perhaps change their minds about love—on a train ride to Upstate New York in the middle of a snowstorm

One train ride. Two strangers.

Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s heading back home for one last chance with his first love, whom he broke up with when he went off to college.

Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—her parents being prime examples. She’s escaping from a mom who can’t take care of her to a dad who may not even want her. 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 encounter between the two of them, the Amtrak train suddenly breaks down due to 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 whirlwind journey of a lifetime, and over the course of the night they fall in love. 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?


My Thoughts

2/5 stars

This is a really cute plot but there were a couple things that really irritated me and made me give the book just 3 stars.

My biggest issue with this book is the characterization, mostly with Ammy. I’m a feminist, and Ammy’s behavior is not what I see as feminist. It seems like every time Noah and Ammy were talking she was getting offended by something he did or say. He would offer to help her with her luggage when she was obviously struggling and she would snap at him for thinking she was too weak to do it. I know I appreciate it when anyone, regardless of sex, offers to help me when I need it. There were so many times throughout this book where it felt like a weird political message was trying to be sent in a hugely obvious way. I just kept rolling my eyes because Ammy was constantly hating on Noah for being supposedly anti-feminist and I just don’t see it.

Feminism is not women hating on men, and this is what Ammy does throughout the majority of the book.

Aside from that, I wasn’t really crazy about Noah or Ammy in general. Ammy was always hot then cold toward Noah and Noah… well, I read the book maybe a week ago and I can’t remember anything about him. I think that tells you how developed a character he was.

Parts of the book got boring for me, which I was disappointed about because I feel like the book had a lot of potential, especially for the characters. I would have enjoyed the book more if there had been more dialogue to really move the story along, but there was just a lot of thinking and walking. It did pick up more toward the end, but the middle consisted of a lot of skimming.

I can’t even write that long of a review on why I didn’t like this book because it was so bland, repetitive, and generally unmemorable. There are plenty of other cute YA contemporary romances you should read before this.


Instead, You Should Read…

When Dimple Met Rishi

Love & Luck

The Other Side of Lost

The Impossibility of Us

Save the Date

Starry Eyes

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