Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen

Rating: ★★★★

Genre: Young Adult lit

Medium: Hardcover

Synopsis: Ammy is heading up to New York for her father’s ceremony with his new soon-to-be wife.  Noah is travelling to New York so he can try to repair his failed relationship.  Everything seems to be going smoothly until the train stops.  Together, they must make a decision: wait for the train to continue going and lose their time-sensitive goals, or venture out into the snowy outdoors to find a bus stop?

Review: Given the fact that I just recently took the Amtrak, I can testify Ammy’s whole introduction and general perspective on the modern-day romanticization of trains.  But really, this book is about much more than just transportation failing.  It’s about sticking it out, making friends, and being true to yourself.  Because this is told from both Ammy and Noah’s points of view, we are able to see both sides of the story–but not the whole story, which is what makes this book so intriguing and allows for a decent amount of plot twists!

The whole of this is just…… just hits all the right points.  It has all the right cliches, all the right plot twists, the right pacing, the right emotions…it’s just.  It hits all the spots.

And one thing that I truly enjoyed about this book was the language used–I thought I was reading about 23 year olds until partway through the book when Ammy mentioned she was in high school.  I was just so pleasantly surprised–not because I think other books water down the language they use to discuss young adult characters, but because this language was just so set apart and had an individual voice of its own.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I think it’s definitely worth a look!

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