Published by Little Brown on April 15, 2014
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Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.
Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.
The Geography of You and Me is not your typical YA contemporary romance novel. It has a lot more to it than you would originally think based on just the cover, synopsis, and title. Jennifer E. Smith has a way of making something that seems like it would just be a lighthearted romance into something so much more.
The Geography of You and Me tells the story of Owen and Lucy, two very different people from very different lives who meet one night while stuck in an elevator. Their meeting is innocent enough and their relationship continues that way. They spend very little time together in person but even when they move away they continue to talk through postcards and emails. Life doesn’t stop just because they can’t be together and they continue on with their lives like normal. The story is the evolution of their relationship from that one night together to many months spent on separate continents to finally being reunited. However, it’s also both their journeys to finally find a place to call home.
Lucy and Owen are both kind of awkward in a really cute teenager way. Owen has lost his mom and it’s just him and his dad now. They don’t have the most conventional relationship but it works for them. They spend a lot of time traveling, looking for work and a new place to call home. Lucy is a loner who never really fits in anywhere she goes. Whether it be New York or Scotland, there is always something that keeps her from settling down. Throughout the course of Lucy and Owen’s relationship they both spend a lot of time working out family issues as well as becoming comfortable with themselves. Like I said, there was a lot more to the story than I originally thought.
The pacing is the only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars. It took me a while to get into Lucy and Owen’s story and even after I was interested, I still didn’t make a lot of progress with the book. Things just didn’t seem to go anywhere for quite some time. I know the book is contemporary and that sometimes means that it won’t be super fast-paced but I expected a little more from this one. That’s not to say I was bored but I didn’t find myself completely hooked.
Overall, The Geography of You and Me is another great book from Jennifer E. Smith. I’d definitely recommend this one if you are looking for an enjoyable contemporary read for a rainy day.
What others are saying about The Geography of You and Me:
Good Books and Good Wine’s review: “Jennifer E. Smith can totally be depended on to deliver a light and sweet contemporary romance, with the feels and swoons on Stephanie Perkins level.”
The YA Kitten’s review: “Smith spins a lovely tale, that’s for sure, but it’s not one fully realized.”
Candace’s Book Blog’s review: “This was a cute read.”