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

July 18, 2014 Review 38 ★★★½

Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
(Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository)

Publisher: Little Brown
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 352
Release Date: April 15th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.


Although it lost my interest a few times and it won’t be considered my all time favorite Jennifer E. Smith book, THE GEOGRAPHY OF ME AND YOU is definitely memorable and heartwarming.

The thing about Jennifer E. Smith’s books is that they all have a lot of in-between time. Time where some stuff happens that doesn’t really contribute to the actual plot all that much, parts pretty similar to filler. There was a lot of that in this book but it wasn’t terrible, it just slowed the pacing down some for me.

“But there’s no such thing as a completely fresh start. Everything new arrives on the heels of something old, and every beginning comes at the cost of an ending.”

This book did remind me of how much I love Smith’s writing though. It flows amazingly well and you always come out of reading them with a few quotes that you just have to write down because they are so meaningful.

Lucy and Owen switch off narrating (like in all the author’s books) and it works quite well with the telling of the story. Each character has a very different background but it’s easy to find a lot to relate to in each of them. As a couple, I liked them but it wasn’t a relationship where I absolutely needed them together and I think some parts of the book suffered because their connection to each other didn’t seem all that strong.

And of course, THE GEOGRAPHY OF ME AND YOU has the trademark contemporary open ending leaving you to imagine how the characters fare and what really happens to them in the future.

Have you ever been in a long distance relationship?

If you’ve read the book do you think it does a good job at portraying one?
Rating Report
Overall: 3.5

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

  1. Kirsty-Marie

    Ohh, I really did enjoy this one. She’s my go-to when I need something light and fun. Yeah, there’s not much going on but I just love the writing too. Usually the open endings annoy me, but I kind of love it with hers, you know? The main things resolved but it leaves it open to interpretation. I have been in a long distance relationship. Didn’t last long. Though I did love this one, I don’t think it portrayed it that way, the downs, yes, but I mean, there didn’t even really feel like a relationship between the long distance anyway, if that makes sense.
    Kirsty-Marie recently posted…Review: Wild

    • Alise

      Yeah! Either that or I’ve just gotten so used to open ending in contemporary books :P But with these, I like the ending because it’s so realistic to the situation.

    • Alise

      Oh, I loved Statistical so much as well. Aw, really? It wasn’t too bad but it just wasn’t of the same caliber. Yeah, I think you will! Thanks :)

  2. Jessica @ Strung Out On Books

    I don’t think I’ll be reading this book, at least not anytime soon. I’ve read to many not-so-great reviews, and it just seems like an iffy read, like the odds of me truly liking the book are slim. Which is a bummer because when I first read the blurb I was so excited. Awesome quote though, so I might just pick it up for the writing! :D Great review!
    Jessica @ Strung Out On Books recently posted…Review: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

    • Alise

      Thanks! It definitely has some redeeming qualities and if you haven’t read anything by her before I think you would really like it. Although I definitely recommend her first book, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight regardless :)

  3. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    I’ve only read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, but since then I’ve wanted to read ALL THE JENNIFER E SMITH BOOKS. I don’t know, there’s something about her romances that always leave me smiling and happy. I don’t know if I’d enjoy this book so much, but I’m still willing to give it a try.

    Great review! :)
    Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms recently posted…Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

    • Alise

      Right? Even if someone just gave me the cover and asked me for my impression I would say happy. Statistical is still my favorite :)


    • Alise

      That’s a great point! I was thinking that about dating other people too. It really allowed for a lot of character development (and maybe even contributed to them being so good together at the end) Thanks :D

  4. Sarah P.

    Yay for writers that just spouts quotable quotes here and there like confetti. I remember reading The Statistical Probability and went crazy with posting sticky notes so I can highlight all the quotes. Anyway, I’m glad that despite having issues with this book, you still enjoyed it. Would definitely pick this up if I need something light and fun. Lovely review! :)
    Sarah P. recently posted…Typhoon Glenda + Weekly Recap

    • Alise

      I know-the covers are so fun and unique! They always stick out to me when I’m in the store. Yeah, I recommend The Statistical Probability of Love at Sight :) Sure!

  5. Rashika

    I think I’d probably feel the same way about this book in terms of the connection (I mean a day in the elevator?) but there is something about the way the author tells her stories. I’ve only read one book by her and there was some suspension of belief required when I was reading it but I couldn’t help but want to cheer for the couple and I really did have a great time. I am pretty sure I am going to feel the same way about this one.

    Lovely review, Alise!!! :D
    Rashika recently posted…Random Things in Motion #4: Would You Sacrifice a Loved One for the Greater Good?

    • Alise

      Not even a day in the elevator :/ It was under an hour and then they spent the rest of the day together on the roof soo… xD I really dislike when they market books one way and the actual thing is different. Because a day in the elevator would be cool-who knows how crazy one person might get after being in such a small space for that long. It would be like the Elevator Games. (That’s actually a pretty interesting idea haha) Anyways. Yeah! If it was The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight I definitely agree-I loved that one!

      Thanks :D

  6. Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    This sounds like a really cute read Alise! :D Memorable and heartwarming is always a classic combination, so I’m glad to hear that it followed those two adjectives in your mind! It’s a shame the romance didn’t feel as real as it could have to you, but it sounds wonderful all the same. Thanks for sharing, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
    Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf recently posted…Falling Into Place

    • Alise

      It really is-especially in a contemporary! Ah, yeah. I wish I had liked the couple a little bit more too. Sure! Thank you :D

    • Alise

      Statistical was my favorite too! Loved that one. This is What Happy Looks Like was longer than this one and I don’t remember being as bothered. Maybe I’m just getting impatient :P Yeah, there was a lot of character development going on in those parts.

  7. Faye D'Social Potato (@kawaiileena)

    I actually am in a long distance relationship right now, 4 years in fact (hope that will be done this year and I move in with him!). I love how despite the distance we’re still so close, and we can talk everyday and never get bored, how there is always something to look forward to every time we meet for real. Looks like I need to read this one as well. Thanks for the review, Alise!
    Faye D’Social Potato (@kawaiileena) recently posted…Random Things in Motion #5: Would You Sacrifice a Loved One for the Greater Good?

    • Alise

      Wow, that’s so cool! I’m really happy for you, you must be pretty excited :3 That sounds really nice.. I’d be really curious to see what your thoughts on this book would be then!

  8. Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

    Hmmm, I’m not sure I even believe in long distance relationships since I haven’t been in one of those to see for myself. Hmm…I didn’t know it portraited one but I guess it’ll be interesting to give this book a chance especially because the writing seems very good and I didn’t read a book by this author before. Lovely review. :)
    Lola @ Hit or Miss Books recently posted…❤ First Book Haul ❤

    • Alise

      I haven’t been in one either, I think it would incredibly difficult. Oh yes, one character is almost always in a different country. There’s a huge postcard aspect. Jennifer E. Smith’s books are great, you should check them out!

  9. Romi Foster

    I’ve only read The Stat Prob by Jennifer, and whilst I did really enjoy it, I haven’t been overly drawn to any of her other books, and this one really sounds pretty similar to that- I guess they share a pretty similar theme.
    I really love the fact that her work is so…. it really touches you, or her writing does, and it’s quite memorable, with quotes you think about and feel impassioned by- I felt that reading the quote you included in the review!

    I’m sorry it wasn’t a little better going for you, but I’m happy to hear it was pretty enjoyable!
    Romi Foster recently posted…Well Read Women by Samantha Hahn…

    • Alise

      Yeah they definitely all share the same theme and feeling. I love quotes that really make you think or go “Wow, I wish I had thought of saying that.” ;) Thank you!

    • Alise

      Glad to hear that! I hope you like her other ones as well. I’ve never been in such a relationship but now I have huge respect for those who have. Yeah that was a great addition.

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge