Publisher: Little Brown
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?