Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen

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 parents being prime examples. She’s escaping from a mom who can’t t...

Details Love and Other Train Wrecks

TitleLove and Other Train Wrecks
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Reviews Love and Other Train Wrecks

  • 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...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    2.75 Stars "'Here goes,' I say, without turning to her.I slide the safety latch on the bottom. Then I grab the long handle in the middle. It turns under my weight, easier than it should be. The door opens, and there it is. The whole world in front of us.Our adventure, beckoning." 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at 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.Things I Liked: A train trip! Who doesn't love that idea, it sounds so fun, and kind of a cute, old-fashioned way to meet. Shenanigans ensue. Obviously, a mundane train ride does not a novel...
  • Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
    *ARC Kindly provided by Katherine Tegen Books thru Edelweiss for review*A rather quick and fun story that spans a day. It sounds very J.E Smith at first but then the flow of the story was rather different.Full Review to follow.
  • Sara (sarabara081)
    You can find more of my review at Forever 17 Books.I adore books with a romance steming from strangers meeting one night through extraordinary circumstances, especially when it comes to delayed traveling and crazy adventures. In Love and Other Train Wrecks we have two strangers who wound up next to each other on a train that breaks down. They decide to take a risk and embark on a crazy adventure to reach their destinations but didn’t plan on th...
  • Amy
    Reminded me of whichever story in Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances 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?)
  • Dayla
    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.This was an adorable read that spans the entirety of a day and then some. I loved how cheesy some of the lines were and the whole concept was something I ate up like candy. One of my only complaints revolved around Ammy’s constant reminder that Noah was acting too boy-ish in offering to carry her things or in the comments he made. I get what the intention was, but...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusThis was rather fun, but it's more of a YA book due to language. Bonus points for including some adventure with the romance, and fantastic descriptions of riding on commuter trains on the east coast. Felt like a movie from the 1950s. Definitely investigate for high school.
  • Sidni
    I liked this book! It was fun to read and I always wanted to keep reading. There is a little plot twist that may or may not shock you. I really like how the point of view between Ammy and Noah switched often. It gave me a good look of how the two felt while on their trip.
  • Sarah
    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)This was a contemporary romance story about a guy and girl who met on a train.I liked Ammy and Noah in this story, although I thought they were kind of nuts at times. Getting off of a train to go walk in the snow with a total stranger sounds a little too risky to me!The storyline in this was about Ammy and Noah meeting on a train on the way to New York. The ...
  • Amy Layton
    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, wh...
  • Kimberley
    I received an ARC of Love and Other Train Wrecks via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.***2.5 stars***Lately, I have mixed feelings about how quickly "love" happens, so maybe this was the wrong book for me. I'll admit that up front. When two people meet and fall for each other, I feel like the circumstances under which that happens should be believable. When I tell you that this book challenged that notion, it's not hyperbole. Ammy and ...
  • Morgan
    Love and Other Train wrecks is an adorable winter time contemporary that takes place over the course of about two days, following Ammy and Noah as they meet on a broken down train ride and set off on an adventure together.I really love time frame stories; they feel more contained, and to me almost give off a snow globe like effect. The pacing is usually faster, moving the plot along while still allowing for character growth and development, so I ...
  • Amber (Books of Amber)
    Love and Other Train Wrecks is one of those books that is simply alright. There’s nothing standout about it, in my opinion, but it was an easy read. The two main characters (stupidly) get off a train to Hudson in an attempt to get to their destinations faster, but almost everything that could go wrong does go wrong along the way.The over the top situations were amusing, but mostly I felt like the characters acted like idiots throughout most of ...
  • Sarah
    Strangers, Noah and Ammy, find themselves stuck on a train, but they are both desperate to reach their destination immediately. Noah wants to perform a romantic gesture for his ex-girlfriend on their anniversary, in effort to get her back. Ammy is trying to make her father's remarriage ceremony. In effort to get to there in time, the two team up and strike out on their own. This trip is a disaster after disaster and the two begin developing feeli...
  • K.
    The book was enjoyable, but I couldn't rate it higher despite reading it all in one night. For one thing, one of the characters isn't as likable as the other, which doesn't really sell the romantic relationship. In addition, (view spoiler)[while the whole plot takes place within two days, the instalove is expected, but it felt too sudden to start talking about feelings for each other within the writing, and I didn't get the build-up I was expecti...
  • Tammy
    2.5/5 It's like Planes, Trains and Automobiles but in a YA novel and not funny. I didn't like the characters Noah and Ammy. Both of them are pretty unlikable and make dumb decisions. I didn't feel the connection between them nor did I feel a connection with Noah and Rina when he talked about his ex, like there was no reason for him to head back home to win her heart. Ammy was just whiny and to think she blamed herself for her parents break up is ...
  • Jennie
    I really enjoyed this one; it was a quick, fun, kinda heart warming read - and a perfect read for a snowy winter day.+ Noah and Ammy - very likeable and relatable main characters, I was rooting for both throughout. I thought they were well developed and enjoyed the separate narrations + The romcom feel+ Ammy's exploration of her feelings-experience of what was happening in her family - The nickname "Ammy" 'like Sammy without the S' - nitpick but ...
  • Shannon
    I don’t think I could really give this book justice in a short review. I just loved it. I absolutely loved the writing style - probably my favorite that I’ve seen in YA. I loved the characters, and their individual stories. I loved the thoughts that occurred throughout the book between the two characters. And then I loved the cute love story that was bigger than just a love story - it was one of trust, forgiveness, spontaneity, and more. 5 ou...
  • Teresa
    This book was adorable!! Ammy and Noah are thrown together by chance and wouldn't you know it love happens to find both of them, in the most unpredictable way ever...and I loved every minute of their story. Leah Konen continues to impress me with her fun, cute stories!Thanks to HarperCollins for the ARC!
  • Maggie
    For a book that takes place over 24 hours or so it often felt like it was really dragging. I liked both characters and even though lots of things kept going wrong the story never felt too far-fetched. It was the pacing that killed me. And the big blocks of prose rather than conversation. But it was still a nice story and I wouldn't not recommend it.
  • Danielle Chambers
    Super cute book. A very light, easy, quick read. Noah was freaking adorable and I related to him so much. During all of his chapter I just kept thinking about how similar we were. It was eerie. The story was kind of cheesy and predictable for the most part (there were a few surprises here and there) but not in a bad way.
  • Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)
    This was a pretty cute, occasionally twee, version of It Happened One Night for the YA crowd. Ammy and Noah are both likeable and well-defined. The story is fun and moves along pretty quickly.
  • Aisha
    It's cute. Move back the date in which it takes place by two weeks and you would have a cliche Hallmark holiday movie. Predictable but cute. I liked the ending surprisingly. I would recommend this to my YA/Romance friends for a simple light read for the beach.
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  • Lolla
    3.5 stars.Amazing writing.Really good characters.Quite a story.Reminded me of a book I once read and loved.But the ending was kind of rushed so I took half a star off the rating.
  • Rainey
    The writing itself was very engaging, but I couldn't move past the completely typical tropes the two main characters embody. (I only made it about 75 pages in.)
  • Emily Gilbow
    This book was really fun
  • Colleen
    It was cute and I enjoyed reading it.