Love and Other Trainwrecks By Leah Konen Book Review

A 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?

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

When I read the synopsis of this book I was praying for a YA Planes, Trains and Automobiles because that is low-key one of the funniest movies ever and I am so glad that my prayers were answered. Difficulties getting from point A to point B is always so amusing and there’s bound to be great shenanigans that occur, add romance into the mix and you’re bound to have a wild ride.This book was like the beautiful lovechild of Planes Trains and Automobiles and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and it was amazing.

One thing that I think was done extremely well was the development of the romance. This is a book that is set over a 24-Hour period and the characters go from merely being in the same train compartment to falling in love. Very few authors could pull it off but Leah Kohen did an amazing job at not only making us care about the character’s but making us care about the character’s as a couple.

I really loved seeing  the main character’s, Ammy ,relationship with both her mother and father. Ammy’s going to her father’s wedding and her mother is really angry that Ammy’s is abandoning her on the day of her ex-husband’s wedding and kind of expects Ammy to be by her side. Ammy has a really complex and difficult relationship with her parent’s and seeing them go through the divorce is one of the main reasons why she doesn’t really believe in love so it was really interesting to see her mindset change throughout the novel

While contemporaries don’t need twists to be great, there is a plot point that’s revealed towards the end of the book which is guaranteed to blow your mind. It really added an interesting layer to the conflict and was really well done.

While I really did like this book there was an interaction at the beginning of the story that really rubbed me the wrong way and prevented me from loving it as much as I would have liked to have. The male love interest, Noah, is reading a book and Ammy asks him what he’s reading and he tells her that he’s reading Mockingjay, the last book in The Hunger Games trilogy. She then proceeds to bash the book and it kind of becomes a running thing throughout the entire book which I hated so much. The Hunger Games was my introduction to Young Adult literature and I felt that it was very unnecessary especially when a lot of the people reading this book will have probably read and enjoyed The Hunger Games trilogy. There’s really no reason to add that and it just felt very odd for a YA contemporary to have a character like that.



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