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?
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 it. It didn’t frustrate me at all, but I was rolling my eyes a lot because so many of these situations could have been avoided, especially if they had just stayed on the bloody train. And none of this “they’re just teenagers!” stuff. They’re 17, not 13. It was stupid.
I didn’t like Ammy, the female main character, all that much. Mostly it was because she is a book snob, and looked down on the guy for reading The Hunger Games. She’s one of those people who only reads classics, and thinks YA is dumb and bestsellers are generic. Like, get over yourself, love. You’re in a YA book.
Otherwise, I really liked the overall feel of the book. It’s set during a snowy winter, and it felt very Christmas-y and atmospheric. That was nice.