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Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

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I never thought I would fall in love with Field Notes on Love and yet here I am, a big cry baby because of how much I loved this novel by Jennifer E. Smith! It was the first book that I have ever read by this author and I am so thankful that I was able to get my hands on a copy. I bet you are wondering, “Nicole, why did you love this book so much?” Well bookworms, let me tell you:

It involves a cross country train trip from New York to California

  • I have an aching for wanderlust and knew that this would just make me want to travel even more…preferably by train now.

The dynamic between our two main characters was so perfect.

  • Hugo: an 18 year old boy from England who just so happens to be a sextuplet and is now “famous,” in his little town of Surrey.
  • Mae: an 18 year old from New York who has two dads and a grandma who is spunky and wants Mae to live the best life she can.

The way love comes to be in this story is just so sweet and makes you swoon way too much!

Most things are easier than you think,” She says “It’s deciding to do them that’s hard.”

Hugo has always lived his life in the shadows of his five other siblings and by that I mean that it has always been Hugo and his brothers and sisters. They did everything together….they were a package deal when it came to EVERYTHING. All Hugo wanted was to live a life separate from his siblings, but how can he do that without completely shutting them out and making his family upset. On top of trying to figure that out, he was going through a break-up. All Hugo knew is that he NEEDED to go on the trip that him and his now ex-girlfriend were going to take…..a train trip across America. Once he realized that everything was in her name and that he could not change the reservations…he did something completely out of the ordinary. He was going to find himself another Margaret Campbell and was going to ask her to “pretend,” to be Margaret Campbell his ex-girlfriend!

Mae has always known what she wanted to do, being that both of her dad’s were artistic it was just a given that she would fall in love with film. Her hopes and dreams were to attend school in California at one of the most respected film schools in America and maybe even in the world. However, when she got that rejection letter…Mae did not know what to do. She thought the film she sent the school was perfect! She knew she needed to change something, but what is there to change when you already love it so much? After getting advice from pretty much every person in her life, she found that she needed to experience a little more life. So when her friend Priyanka sends her a link to a wanted ad of a boy looking for a Margaret Campbell to take a cross country train trip with….she decided to do the unthinkable….she responded! Sadly, she did not get chosen and school was about to start…so she just sat it out….until she got another email saying that the previous winner was unable to make it!

Now Hugo and Mae have come together at Penn Station to embark on a trip of lifetime. The catch though, neither of their parents know they are traveling with a complete stranger. Every time their parents call they fib a little in hopes that they won’t find out. Of course Hugo’s parents would eventually find out because when you are part of sextuplets…someone is bound to spill the beans. For Mae though, her little secret remained a secret. Her grandma was the one who knew and being that she too found love on a train many years ago, all she wanted was for her granddaughter to do the same. So off they went on this journey of a lifetime where they each would gain more life experience and even find love! 

You guys, this book was absolutely perfect and all I hope is that there is a second novel that will go a little further into the relationship between Hugo and Mae. Will Mae get into film school? Does Hugo stay in the USA or does he go back to England for good? Do the two of them end up being in a long lasting relationship? So many questions!

Have you read this? Let me know in the comments!

 

xoxo,

Nicole!

 

 

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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5star


“It’s like some of us are chasing after our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.”

 

Daisy Jones and The Six is the first novel that I have read by Taylor Jenkins Reid and you guys….it was so good! For months all I kept hearing about was Daisy Jones and that was enough for me to check it out. Once I read more into it, I was on board being that it’s main focus was set in the 70’s.Starting off, the first thing you notice is the book being written in an interview style which I thought was so fascinating! It was easy to keep my attention because each character had their own personality and you could easily find what their roll was among all the characters.

The story opens up with us getting to know Daisy Jones. The one thing that is mentioned often is how beautiful she is. She is that kind of girl that will just grab your attention the moment she walks into the room. What I loved most about Daisy is that she started off as a fragile little girl with no direction and grew into an empowered woman who knew what she wanted. She wanted to write music and she wanted to do it her own way. When she would finally get the chance to do so, she was not going to back down. 

The story also follows the band The Six, whose lead singer is Billy Dunne. As like Daisy, Billy is strong willed and he knew what he wanted when it came to the band and he was not going to stop until he got it. So when Daisy joined the band on an album, it would prove to be a difficult road. The reason being that the two of them both wanted to write music and they did not want compromise. Thankfully, when they were able to find some common ground they created some of the best music out there. 

Although The band and Daisy were known separately; when they were together as Daisy Jones & The Six it was pure magic. They were selling out shows, hitting record highs, but like any story you always have a falling out. At the end of the Aurora tour, every band member hit a low in their life and they had to figure out where to go from there. Although it ended with the band splitting, every member of the band was able to find happiness with where their life had taken them and they now had the memories of being one of the greatest bands in history. 

This book was all rock n roll, meaning it was filled with music, alcohol, drugs, and sex. It was brilliant! I felt like you truly got to know each of the characters and when they were going through something you felt their pain or you would be angry because you wanted a different outcome. To me that makes for a great book.  I highly recommend picking up a copy for yourself and be prepared to finish it in one sitting! The best part of all, at the end of the book you get the lyrics of the songs Daisy and Billy have written.

Are you a fan of the 70’s? Let me know in the comments below!

 

xoxo

Nicole

 

 

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Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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Happy Wednesday friends! I am coming to you with a review of Helen Hoang’s, The Kiss Quotient It is an ownvoices novel about a high-functioning autistic woman who has had success in every part of her life…except for love. Stella has always thought that her autism would be the reason she would never find love so she put all her time into her job. However, her mom is constantly nagging her to settle down with someone because she wasn’t getting any younger and she was ready for grandchildren. To begin the process of finding someone to date, Stella decides to hire an escort to teach her the ins and outs of dating. Little did she know, that escort would turn into something more…way more!

You guys, this was one of my favorite reads of 2018! I was in complete shock with how much I loved this book. I mean everything about it was perfect. I loved Stella and Michael and the relationship that they created. I loved that Stella had autism because it gave her quirky qualities that although would make it hard for someone to get close to her, they would  also make it easy to fall in love with her. I loved Michael and how accepting he was of Stella and how gentle he became when he learned more and more about her. He became protective and only wanted what was best for her, but that would in time lead to him needing Stella in his life for a lifetime.  It was such a sweet story of their love forming and I wanted more and more with every page turn. To say that I am highly anticipating Helen’s next book is an understatement!

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Have you read this book? Did you love it? Did you hate it? Tell me in the comments!

 

xoxo

Nicole