"Utterly romantic." --Jenny Han, NYT bestselling author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before
The bestselling author of Windfall and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight returns with a meet-cute romance about Hugo and Mae, two teens who are thrown together on a cross-country train trip that will teach them about love, each other, and the futures they can build for themselves.
It's the perfect idea for a romantic week together: traveling across America by train.
But then Hugo's girlfriend dumps him. Her parting gift: the tickets for their long-planned last-hurrah-before-uni trip. Only, it's been booked under her name. Nontransferable, no exceptions.
Mae is still reeling from being rejected from USC's film school. When she stumbles across Hugo's ad for a replacement Margaret Campbell (her full name!), she's certain it's exactly the adventure she needs to shake off her disappointment and jump-start her next film.
A cross-country train trip with a complete stranger might not seem like the best idea. But to Mae and Hugo, both eager to escape their regular lives, it makes perfect sense. What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more. But when life outside the train catches up to them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed?
"One of the loveliest, most touching romances of 2019 thus far that gets at the nature of something deeply buried in all of our hearts." --Entertainment Weekly
"This warm, romantic, never overly sentimental story is told with humor and heart....A deeply satisfying read about a life-changing journey full of poignant moments." --Kirkus, starred review
When Hugo Wilkinson and his girlfriend, Margaret Campbell both from Surrey, England break up before university, he's left with tickets for a rail trip across the United States that she had planned for them. But the trip is nontransferable, and all of the reservations are in her name, so Hugo can't go unless he can find a replacement Margaret Campbell. The timing couldn't be better for Margaret "Mae" Campbell from New York's Hudson Valley (she's just been rejected from USC's film school and needs a distraction), who finds Hugo's notice for a travel companion through social media. When the two first meet at New York's Penn Station, it's not exactly love at first sight, but after sharing close quarters, exploring new cities, and confiding their dreams and disappointments, passion begins to ignite. Told from the protagonists' alternating perspectives and offering a well-rounded cast of secondary characters (especially sextuplet Hugo's siblings and Mae's feisty grandmother), this novel by Smith (Windfall) gives a contemporary twist to the tried-and-true plot of two strangers falling in love on a train. A coming-of-age story as well as a romance, it offers authentic, complementary protagonists while capturing the thrill of exploring new territory. Ages 12 up.
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I thought this was going to be one of those cheesy romantic books you hear about. I don't usually ready just romantic books, I prefer YA Romantic or just YA. This really opened my eyes to see that romantics can be a great book.