Love and Other Train Wrecks

Love and Other Train Wrecks

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 snowstormOne 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 parent...

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Title:Love and Other Train Wrecks
Author:Leah Konen
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Love and Other Train Wrecks Reviews

  • Sam Kozbial

    I really enjoyed Konen's last book, The Romantics, and had high hopes for this book. I am happy to report, that Love and Other Train Wrecks delighted me in many of the same ways.

    •Pro: Noah was a sweet cupcake and I loved him. He was not perfect, as I found out, but he had a huge and beautiful, if slightly misguided, heart.

    •Pro: I loved the dynamic between Ammy and Noah. Eavesdropping on their conversations was quite a treat, and seeing them go from strangers to enemies to friends to more warmed

    I really enjoyed Konen's last book, The Romantics, and had high hopes for this book. I am happy to report, that Love and Other Train Wrecks delighted me in many of the same ways.

    •Pro: Noah was a sweet cupcake and I loved him. He was not perfect, as I found out, but he had a huge and beautiful, if slightly misguided, heart.

    •Pro: I loved the dynamic between Ammy and Noah. Eavesdropping on their conversations was quite a treat, and seeing them go from strangers to enemies to friends to more warmed my heart.

    •Pro: Both Ammy and Noah were nursing some serious guilt, and Konen's slow reveal really had quite an impact.

    •Pro: This was a physical and emotional journey for both Ammy and Noah. As they shared their stories with each other, they realized a lot of important things about themselves.

    •Pro: There is a lot of bookish love in this story, as both Ammy and Noah are book lovers. I have to award bonus points for that.

    •Pro: There were some humorous travel snafus a la Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. I felt bad to for Ammy and Noah, but I also couldn't hold back my laughter.

    •Pro: The duel point of view was used quite well, and I was especially fond of when Konen had those little overlaps. I love when we get to experience the same moment from both POVs.

    •Pro: I am going to give Konen a round of applause for that big speed bump she threw in there. I did NOT see that coming.

    •Pro: The ending is a big YES! from me. If you read this, you will understand a why I liked it so much. (hint: I got closure.)

    Overall: This was a trip worth taking! I really enjoyed making this journey with Ammy and Noah as each of them "unpacked" some of their emotional luggage and filled in those spaces with much better things.

    *I would like to thank the publisher for the review copy of this book.

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  • Nikki

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    A cute story that proves that sometimes the journey can start off rocky and rough but the struggle is worth it in the end.

    I really liked both Noah and Ammy and felt their characters developed nicely throughout the story. Both start off kind of naive and self-centered but begin to have some realizations as their adventure progresses. There were a few points of the story that I found myself thinking “WTH, why are they doing this, what are they thinking!?!”

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    A cute story that proves that sometimes the journey can start off rocky and rough but the struggle is worth it in the end.

    I really liked both Noah and Ammy and felt their characters developed nicely throughout the story. Both start off kind of naive and self-centered but begin to have some realizations as their adventure progresses. There were a few points of the story that I found myself thinking “WTH, why are they doing this, what are they thinking!?!” giphy1Then I remembered that I’m old already and make different life decisions now, lol. After thinking back on what I probably would have done at their age, I have to admit that I probably would have made some of the same decisions.

    I assumed this was going to be just some cute-sy girl meets boy, boy gets girl and lives happily ever after story but it was much more than that. Both Noah and Ammy are dealing with events in their past, trying to come to terms with them and move past those experiences. On top of that, the amount of misfortunes these two encounter creates numerous moments of hilarity and you can’t help but feel bad for them at some points. And right when you think the obvious happily-ever-after is going to occur, Leah Konen decides to put us all through the wringer with a surprise twist to keep us guessing.

    Thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Amy

    Reminded me of whichever story in

    where the teens are stranded on the train in the snow and then they have to leave the train and trek out into the snow and fall in love, etc. (It's been a while since I read Let It Snow, can you tell?)

  • Stacee

    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 was

    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 Amy’s journey.

    **Huge thanks to Katherine Tegen Books for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    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 Noa

    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 though 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.

  • Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)

    Just when I thought I would get a quick story about two strangers meeting on a long train ride & falling in love, I get a book divided into three interesting parts.

    spans an entirety of a day (or two). On a very short and quick time frame, a lot happened.

    The story introduced us to two strangers (Ammy and Noah) who boarded the Amtrak going to the same destination but for diffe

    Just when I thought I would get a quick story about two strangers meeting on a long train ride & falling in love, I get a book divided into three interesting parts.

    spans an entirety of a day (or two). On a very short and quick time frame, a lot happened.

    The story introduced us to two strangers (Ammy and Noah) who boarded the Amtrak going to the same destination but for different reasons. Sounds familiar? Yep, it did remind me of Jennifer E. Smith’s

    with the quick time frame and two strangers meeting in an unconventional way. Up until I came into around 9% of the book that I know the plot line will be somewhat different. And that I might also know what the twist into the story might be. 😉

    Ammy and Noah wound up sitting with each other. Started talking about random stuffs, getting on each other’s stranger’s nerves.

    Both are in time crunch and needed to arrive at their destination at a certain time. With the train broken and people on hold until it gets fixed, they wandered off and started their crazy wild adventure to reach their destination on their own.

    boarded the train with an elaborate plan to woo and win back his ex. The more I get into the story, the more that I feel like he’s being pushed by guilt instead of love in winning his ex-back. Reading from his point of view made us see how their story unfolds and what happened that leads up to their break up. I loved Noah. He has flaws but he's also such a sweetheart and the emotions he showed in the story felt so raw and real. He loves to read, a bit nerdy and adorable.

    boarded the train to attend her father’s wedding/promise ceremony. The more I get into the story, the more that I feel how she’s being eaten up by guilt by leaving her mother alone in an unstable emotional state. Reading from her point of view made us see how complicated her family life has been ever since her parents divorced; how she feels blind-sided by it. But we also get to see how she’s trying to cope up with it, take care of her mother at the same time maintain a good relationship with her step-mom and step-sisters. Ammy was just an okay character for me. I actually find her snarky and snobby at first, but I thawed up on her attitude as I get to know her more in the story.

    Love and other Train Wreck is filled with Ammy and Noah’s adventures and misadventures. The second part of the book made me feel like I was watching an episode from

    because it feels like all odds are against these two. But then, the adventures and misadventures honestly made the reading experience more fun and enjoyable.

    The romance was just okay and expect the insta-love, of course. I could’ve settled even if they ended up just friends.The ending feels a bit rushed because the conflicts were easily untangled. I want a more definitive conclusion, I guess.

    Love and other Train Wreck was a cute & quick story about two strangers, seating with each other on a long train ride then later learned about letting go and moving forward. It was cliché and cheesy, but I ate up the story like a candy. I love the humor, romance, adventure and misadventures. Overall, a fun and entertaining read.

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    2.5*

    I have some of the mixed feelings about this particular book. Obviously the best way to decipher said feelings is with a good old fashioned list.

    Who doesn't love that idea, it sounds so 

    , and kind of a cute, old-fashioned way to meet.

    Obviously, a mundane train ride does not a novel make. So some stuff has to happen that interru

    2.5*

    I have some of the mixed feelings about this particular book. Obviously the best way to decipher said feelings is with a good old fashioned list.

    Who doesn't love that idea, it sounds so 

    , and kind of a cute, old-fashioned way to meet.

    Obviously, a mundane train ride does not a novel make. So some stuff has to happen that interrupts said comfy ride. And our main characters have to figure out what to do about it.

    I did not really love either character in the beginning. Ammy was pretty full of herself, and I couldn't decide if Noah was a doormat or just an outright fool. But, as the book goes on, the characters do begin to realize some things about themselves, so that's good news.

    At first, I was mildly irritated, because hi, that is my favorite series of all time, and the characters spend half the damn trip (fine, I am mildly exaggerating, shh) making fun of the books, the movies, and basically using it as a way to insult one another. I understand full well that this is a 

    personal preference issue, but I kind of don't like the idea demeaning anyone based on something that they enjoy? It just rubs me the wrong way. And honestly, in a 

    , it irritates me to be making fun of 

    . I could be reading too much into it, sure, but it aggravated me and this is my review, so there you have it.

    Ammy is just... ugh. Look, you guys know I am usually 

    lenient with characters and flaws, because who among us doesn't have flaws. But Ammy was too irritating, too self absorbed, and I just couldn't handle her. Especially while she was making fun of my favorite books. Noah was running around trying to be a different person for some ex-girlfriend. Their relationship was totally unhealthy, and I wanted to yell at him. But he was okay, he didn't really bug me like Ammy did. Like I am totally down with characters having to grow and learn, like Noah. Otherwise, what's the point of the book? But I think for me to like Ammy, she would have needed a personality transplant, and I guess I missed that chapter.

    In a super character driven novel like this, in which we're really only seeing the two main characters, it's hard to love the book if you don't connect to them. And I kind of didn't.

  • Jaye Ashryver

    Not even halfway done when I decided to write this review and haven't changed anything since then, if that tells you anything.

    begins on a train with Ammy heading to her father's wedding with his new wife. On the train she meets Noah, a boy on his way home to try to win his ex-girlfriend back, with flowers and a romantic plan in hand. A massive snowstorm is happening and soon the train breaks down. With a leap of faith, Ammy and Noah head off the train trying to find o

    Not even halfway done when I decided to write this review and haven't changed anything since then, if that tells you anything.

    begins on a train with Ammy heading to her father's wedding with his new wife. On the train she meets Noah, a boy on his way home to try to win his ex-girlfriend back, with flowers and a romantic plan in hand. A massive snowstorm is happening and soon the train breaks down. With a leap of faith, Ammy and Noah head off the train trying to find other ways to get back home in time.

    I'm just not a fan. I went into this book expecting a nice fun and cute YA read. What I got wasn't any of those things, except for the fact that this book is indeed YA. My issue might start from the fact that I don't like 24 hour romance books in the first place. They are the ultimate of insta-love and I will never be behind it. If I knew this was one of those before I started, I might not have bothered.

    The thing is, the romance is not good at all, and neither are the two main characters together. Ammy is cynical about love while Noah is a hopeless romantic. Ammy is also pretty pretentious and rude almost the whole time, blaming Noah for every bad thing that happens on their adventure and being an all around jerk, which using her parents divorce as an excuse to be a judgemental person. Put a sign on her that says "no fun allowed zone". Noah of course is a pushover, who never stops saying sorry for things that aren't even his fault. Besides that, I didn't hate him as much as Ammy. But my GOD was the dialogue between them so cheesy.

    Plus what is the deal with all

    hate? Around the first few times I was going to let it slide but it kept weirdly going on, for Ammy to insult Noah for liking it and then for Noah to realize that

    isn't proper literature at all. (???) Bro this book itself is a YOUNG ADULT novel, get out of here with that.

    As for their adventures of trying to get home after their train breaking down and them getting lost, it was fun. I had a few laughs at all the issues that came up but at one point, I had to throw out my suspension of disbelieve. There were also a LOT of coincidences and things that just worked out too perfectly. Some things weren't that believable at all but I'm not going to get too hung up on it.

    Art isn't meant to be just

    and to say that was insulting to every artist who puts their heart and soul into making artwork that goes beyond being "pretty". And there are many different reasons for reading a book and not every single one of them is to "remind you that everyone has it worse". I love to read. Say my favorite thing to read is books about cats and only about cats. Do I suddenly not love to read because I'm not reading a book that reminds me life is hard? The idea of reading for enjoyment shocks me too.

    This book was an actual train wreck and I'm not into it.

  • Stephanie

    This book felt like...well, a train wreck. In order to write a review that is as concise as possible (I hope), I'm going to divide my observations into three main areas. First up:

    Um...so I thought Ammy was awful pretty much from the time she mocked

    right up until the end of the book. Her snobby taste in literature aside, she's one of those feminists who apparently thinks it's okay to make rude comments to men for reinforcing antiquated gender norms by daring to (gasp!)

    This book felt like...well, a train wreck. In order to write a review that is as concise as possible (I hope), I'm going to divide my observations into three main areas. First up:

    Um...so I thought Ammy was awful pretty much from the time she mocked

    right up until the end of the book. Her snobby taste in literature aside, she's one of those feminists who apparently thinks it's okay to make rude comments to men for reinforcing antiquated gender norms by daring to (gasp!) politely offer to carry her luggage (through a freaking snowstorm). The nerve!

    Now, of course, offering to carry Ammy's luggage isn't the only horrifyingly masculine sin Noah managed to commit throughout the course of this book, and Ammy was kind enough to call him on all of them - including blaming him for a ridiculous set of circumstances that was as much out of his control as it was out of hers. And the worst - the absolute

    part is that Noah bought all of it hook, line, and sinker. He spent half the book apologizing for things he never should have had to apologize for while Ammy used her crappy home life and a pair of X chromosomes to justify her crappy treatment of him without ever really apologizing.

    And I just can't. Call me crazy, but I think it's possible to raise a generation of strong women without bringing men down in the process, and I fully believe you don't do that by encouraging behavior like Ammy's.

    The irony is that Noah spends half the book waxing poetic about his ex-girlfriend - a girl he eventually comes to realize wasn't a good person for him to be with because she couldn't love him as he was - while simultaneously falling into lust with a girl who treats him just as badly, if for different reasons. He was basically a doormat who sold his soul for a chance to make out with a girl he'd known for less than twelve hours.

    So, I actually read the first five chapters of this book via Epic Reads First Five and

    , which is why I checked this book out from the library in the first place. However, after how disastrously I reacted to Nicola Yoon's

    , which builds a(n) unrealistic romance along a similarly condensed timeline, I should have known better.

    Look, I'll buy that two people can meet under a difficult set of circumstances and then forge a connection that will eventually lead to a meaningful relationship (and maybe, just maybe, to a forever romance), but I just can't swallow "meant to be" and "she's the one" on the basis of a string of bad decisions and some Super-8-Motel-Cheetos-for-dinner-style making out. I need more than that. And this book didn't deliver.

    Okay, so I admit I'm a big stickler for small details, especially in books that are set in the real world. Bend reality all you want in a fantasy or a futuristic sci-fi world, but please, for all that's holy, have someone reality check your contemporary real-world novels before you publish them.

    I may live in Maryland, where an inch of snow shuts down schools for the day because we don't have the experience or infrastructure to deal well with snow events, but I've been driving for 22 years. While I'm sure they deal with snow in New York better than they do here, I'm still not buying for a minute that an Enterprise would rent a Ford Mustang (presumably still a rear wheel drive vehicle, as most sports cars are) to two teenagers during a snowstorm that shut down the

    . Or that an entire 55-mile stretch of roads would be magically cleared by snowplows (which are never once mentioned in the course of the book) overnight following a snowstorm that continued at least into late-evening.

    Nor do I believe that Noah and Ammy would have traveled 20 miles in 25 minutes during said snowstorm. Most people would have found a hotel in town instead of trying to drive home to begin with, especially given that both of them would have been too late for their respective engagements anyway. And that's not even taking into account the ridiculous sequence of events that led up to that point (such as how they managed to sneak off of a stalled Amtrack train without setting off a buttload of alarms) or the fact that apparently, in this book, the sun has fully risen by 7:02 a.m. in early January in New York (or at least risen enough to warm up a hotel room and blind someone walking out the door of said hotel room).

    Does it really take that much extra time to read for these kinds of details? To Google something as simple as what time the sun rises in early January in New York (oh, hey, I did it just this afternoon and found out that the sun rose at 7:19 a.m. this morning, January 23rd, which is three whole weeks

    the day this book takes place)? Or to craft a story that doesn't depend so heavily on events that simply wouldn't happen in real life?

    Maybe this is a nitpick on my part, maybe most people don't care, but dear Lord, I do.

    So, yeah, I guess that's about it.

    Bottom line: Definitely not my kind of book.

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