Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

I received this book for free from Edelweiss/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. SmithThe Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Poppy on 4/15/2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss/Publisher

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.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

First off, is this not the most gorgeous cover?  Jennifer E. Smith gets the best covers for her books, don’t you think?  The Geography of You and Me is the third book by Jennifer E. Smith that I’ve read.  I quite enjoyed her previous two books, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and This is What Happy Looks Like.  So I knew I wanted to read The Geography of You and Me.  I can’t say I was clamoring to get my hands on it, but I knew I would read it.  The Geography of You and Me is not my favorite Smith novel, but I enjoyed it.

The two main characters are Lucy, a bookish girl from a wealthy, but somewhat indifferent family, and Owen, a grief-stricken boy living with his father, and trying to deal with the death of his mother.  They meet in an elevator when the power goes out (all throughout NYC) and the elevator gets stuck.  They quickly connect, but then, shortly after, they each travel in opposite directions.  Owen is heading west, and Lucy is going East to Europe.  They attempt to stay in touch, despite the miles between them.

Lucy and Owen were incredibly likable.  I thought they were both so sweet, and my heart went out especially to Owen, who is dealing with the death of his mother.  I also liked how Lucy would pick out what books to read based on her location in the world.  I understood why Lucy and Owen connected with each other so quickly.  However, as cute as I found Lucy and Owen, I wasn’t able to connect to them as easily as they were able to connect to each other.  I wasn’t really invested in their futures.  I’m not sure why I wasn’t able to really connect to them, and I think I’m in the minority here.  I think it’s largely because of my personal preferences in books and characters.  I liked Lucy and Owen, but once the book was over, they didn’t hang around with me.

It was a pretty interesting concept, writing a somewhat love story between two people who barely know each other, but try to stay in touch nonetheless.  I thought the postcards they sent were incredibly sweet.  In fact, if I had to chose one word to describe The Geography of You and Me it would be “sweet.”  It’s an easy read, but it wasn’t a page-turner for me.  As sweet as The Geography of You and Me is, though, it’s not a novel that will stick with me, personally.  I recommend it, because I think a lot of people would enjoy it, because I enjoyed it.  Again, it just didn’t find a special place in my heart.


3 Responses to “Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith”

  1. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    I keep seeing Jennifer’s books around but haven’t picked one up yet – perhaps her first book then since this didn’t grab your attention as much as the others. But it sounds like a very sweet story and it would be interesting to see how they can maintain a long distance relationship. Great review Quinn!

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