Books by Jennifer E. Smith

FIELD NOTES ON LOVE by Jennifer E.  Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 5, 2019

"A deeply satisfying read about a life-changing journey full of poignant moments. (Romance. 12-18)"
Hugo Wilkinson, one of the "Surrey Six" sextuplets from Surrey, England, has been looking forward to a train trip across America with his girlfriend, Margaret Campbell. Read full book review >
WINDFALL by Jennifer E.  Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Smart and entertaining, as to be expected from Smith. (Fiction. 12-17)"
When the lottery ticket Alice gives to Teddy, the boy she's secretly loved for years, wins him a fortune, they discover money really does change everything. Read full book review >
HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN by Jennifer E.  Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Another smart and savvy book to add to Smith's oeuvre. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Tomorrow Clare and Aidan head to colleges at opposite ends of the country, leaving just 12 hours to decide whether to break up now or, as they fear, to allow distance and change to do it for them—either way, it's going to be a long night. Read full book review >
THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME by Jennifer E.  Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2014

"Truth about love always gets our attention, and this book will catch readers'. (Fiction. 12-18)"
As she did in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (2012), Smith fashions long-distance travel into a metaphor for the leaps of faith that love demands. Read full book review >
THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E.  Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 2, 2013

" It's a minor quibble, though, next to the author's strong suit: a cast of vivid, sympathetic characters whose fate matters to readers and keeps them turning the pages. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A typo misdirects teen film star Graham's email to Ellie in Henley, Maine, launching an intense epistolary friendship that rapidly becomes an anchor for each. Read full book review >
THE STORM MAKERS by Jennifer E.  Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"Credible and timely fantasy for the global-warming generation. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Contemporary twins in rural Wisconsin discover what's really behind the weather in this meteorological tale of power and sibling solidarity. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2012

"Yes, many teens face more compelling problems than those of a smart, attractive daughter of affluent and loving, if estranged, parents; but Smith's acute insights make Hadley's heartache and loss as real as the magical unfurling of new love. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A smartly observed novel rises above its apparently easy structure. Read full book review >
YOU ARE HERE by Jennifer E.  Smith
Released: May 19, 2009

Two 16-year-old loners plus a dog take a road trip that brings them together; it's a familiar plot, but Smith invests her somewhat odd and isolated characters with some distinctions that help to make this feel more fresh than that description might lead readers to believe. Emma is a much-younger child in a family of academically gifted children and parents, while Peter's father is the town sheriff in the upstate New York college town where they live and occasionally share space at the same time. As acquaintances recognizing a bond of sorts, they gradually begin to open up to each other. Peter's mother died at his birth, and Emma has just discovered a birth and death certificate minutes apart for a twin brother never before known. An alternating focus on each establishes the differences that have nonetheless managed to lead them to share a similar journey. Still, it's a half-relayed journey at best, one that fails to deal realistically with money, potty breaks or other mundane details of life on the road—a lapse that might well prove fatal with readers. (Fiction. 12 & up)Read full book review >
THE COMEBACK SEASON by Jennifer E.  Smith
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 4, 2008

Hope springs eternal for one Chicago Cubs fan even as she struggles to come to terms with her father's death. Though ninth-grader Ryan Walsh's father died five years ago, she still clings to his memory and their shared passion for the biggest losers in baseball. Then she meets kind, confident Nick, also a Cubs lover, and the two fall into an easy friendship that revolves around Wrigley Field. But when Nick reluctantly reveals he is in remission for bone cancer, Ryan has to decide if she is willing to risk loving someone who, unlike her favorite team, may not have a "next year." Set in the summer of 2008—the start of the 100th season since the Cubs won a World Series—this moving debut isn't so much about baseball as it is an examination of the roles that faith, luck and fate play in the game of life. But even though Smith's clean, uncomplicated prose and gently told story are more Sarah Dessen than Chris Crutcher, both romantics and sports fans will find something here to like. (Fiction. 12-15)Read full book review >