The Geography of You and Me

The Geography of You and Me

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by Jennifer E. Smith

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Lucy lives on the twenty-fourth floor. Owen lives in the basement. It's fitting, then, that they meet in the middle — stuck between two floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, Lucy and Owen spend the night wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of

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Lucy lives on the twenty-fourth floor. Owen lives in the basement. It's fitting, then, that they meet in the middle — stuck between two floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, Lucy and Owen spend the night wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is back, so is reality. Lucy soon moves abroad with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and to San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland, Lucy and Owen stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and phone calls. But can they — despite the odds — find a way to reunite?

Smartly observed and wonderfully romantic, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. Sometimes, it can be a person.

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Publishers Weekly
Owen and Lucy meet when they get stuck in a New York City elevator during a widespread power outage. They quickly connect, spending an intimate (but chaste) night looking at stars from the roof of their building. When the electricity returns, so do real-life complications: Owen and his father, devastated by his mother’s recent death, decide to drive west for a fresh start; meanwhile, Lucy moves to Scotland for her father’s work. At first, they stay in touch—Owen mails sweet postcards, and Lucy sends “slightly rambling” emails—but they begin to doubt the strength of their connection (“How long could a single night really be expected to last?” Lucy wonders). Smith (This Is What Happy Looks Like) has written a sweet, moody story that can also be deeply heartbreaking, as when Owen and his father return to pack up their old house, only to find “the real measures of the lives here were now well and truly gone.” There are plenty of romantic sigh-worthy moments, too, but it’s Owen and Lucy’s individual journeys that really hit home. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jennifer Joel, ICM. (Apr.)
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Praise for The Geography of You and Me:
A VOYA Perfect Tens 2014 Selection
A YALSA 2015 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Selection
A YALSA 2015 Teens Top Ten Nominee

• "The meet-cute master behind The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and This Is What Happy Looks Like delivers her best book yet, a straightforward, old-fashioned swoon-fest that, in another time, would be a film starring Audrey Hepburn."—Booklist, starred review

* "Fans of Smith's previous works, namely The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, and other love stories like John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and David Levithan's Every Day will like this novel, which is a similar combination of head and heart...A welcome addition to any library."—VOYA, starred review"

A heart-shaking exploration of a fragile long-distance relationship...Deftly romantic and anchored in an age when the Internet has made long distance a much more familiar concept for teenagers, this is a fantastic story."—Vanity Fair"

Truth about love always gets our attention, and this book will catch readers'."—Kirkus Reviews"

Fans of Sarah Dessen, Elizabeth Eulberg, and Susane Colasanti will enjoy Smith's latest meet-cute romance."—SLJ"

Smith has written a sweet, moody story that can also be deeply heartbreaking...There are plenty of romantic sigh-worthy moments, too, but it's Owen and Lucy's individual journeys that really hit home."—Publishers Weekly"

Smith captures the romantic sparks that fly in unusual situations and the way love can build even when circumstances keep people apart. If you like your romances with a bit of European adventure, some New York glamour, and a lot of honest heart, this one's for you."—E. Lockhart, author of The Boyfriend List and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks"

The greatest space between two people is measured in emotions, not miles. The Geography of You and Me is a true, tender long-distance love story guaranteed to strike a resonant chord in hopeful romantics everywhere."—Megan McCafferty, bestselling author of the Jessica Darling series and Bumped"

Jennifer E. Smith represents the absolute best in YA writing, and readers will carry this poignant love story in their hearts long after the last sentence is read."—Susane Colasanti, bestselling author of When It Happens"

The Geography of You and Me is a magic, magic book. It will take you to a place where we all want to live, where true love overcomes any distance."—Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door and What I Thought Was True"

If it was just a travel story or just a love story, The Geography of You and Me would still be perfect, but it's both and more. I loved this book!"—Lauren Morrill, author of Meant to Be and Being Sloane Jacobs

E. Lockhart
"Smith captures the romantic sparks that fly in unusual situations and the way love can build even when circumstances keep people apart. If you like your romances with a bit of European adventure, some New York glamour, and a lot of honest heart, this one's for you."
Megan McCafferty
"The greatest space between two people is measured in emotions, not miles. The Geography of You and Me is a true, tender long-distance love story guaranteed to strike a resonant chord in hopeful romantics everywhere."
Susane Colasanti
"Jennifer E. Smith represents the absolute best in YA writing, and readers will carry this poignant love story in their hearts long after the last sentence is read."
Huntley Fitzpatrick
"The Geography of You and Me is a magic, magic book. It will take you to a place where we all want to live, where true love overcomes any distance."
Lauren Morrill
"If it was just a travel story or just a love story, The Geography of You and Me would still be perfect, but it's both and more. I loved this book!"
starred review Booklist
* "The meet-cute master behind The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and This Is What Happy Looks Like delivers her best book yet, a straightforward, old-fashioned swoon-fest that, in another time, would be a film starring Audrey Hepburn."
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Kate Neff
Lucy and Owen meet one fateful afternoon in New York City when all the power goes off; they are then split apart abruptly afterward when Lucy’s family moves to Scotland and Owen and his father embark on a cross-county journey to find a new home. While Lucy is well-to-do and has parents who love her but do not show it in the traditional sense, Owen and his father have plenty of love between them but are grieving the recent loss of Owen’s mother. Although they come from very different backgrounds and only have one night together, the two find themselves attracted to each other like magnets, no matter where they end up on the globe. Lucy jumps from Scotland to London, and Owen travels from Chicago to Seattle, but their affections never wear thin, despite one upsetting meeting they have in San Francisco. Fans of Smith’s previous works, namely The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight (Little, Brown, 2012/Voya February 2012), and other love stories like John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars (Penguin, 2012/Voya April 2012) and David Levithan’s Every Day (Random House, 2012/Voya December 2012) will like this novel, which is a similar combination of head and heart. The book is perfectly wholesome, without any harsh language or sexual content, so it will be a welcome addition to any library. Reviewer: Kate Neff; Ages 15 to 18.
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
When a blackout occurs, the elevator stops. Lucy, a long-time resident of an apartment on the twenty-fourth floor, and Owen, a new resident of the basement-level building superintendent’s apartment, are stranded. A kinship forms and, after their rescue, they spend a memorable night together in the city’s darkened streets and on their building’s rooftop. Falling asleep beneath a canopy of stars—celestial bodies generally not visible due to New York City’s bright lights—they each feel a sense of happiness. But the next day lacks the same magic. Owen’s dad has walked back from Coney Island; when Owen finds him, he is severely dehydrated, and the teen spends the day nursing him back to health. As soon as the power is back on, Lucy’s parents summon her to London. They are barely reunited at the apartment a week later when Owen is headed west with his dad, while Lucy is flying to Scotland. As Owen wanders across the western United States and Lucy moves throughout Europe, what will happen to their blossoming romance? Jennifer E. Smith presents a moving romantic tale of love ignited, disrupted and—dare we hope—rekindled. Readers will enjoy this heartfelt story of love lost and found. Those who want more can look for Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green; Ages 12 up.
Kirkus Reviews
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. Lucy and Owen live in the same Manhattan building but don't meet until they're stuck in a sweltering elevator during a blackout. Their brief ordeal's long enough for them to connect while their defenses are down. Grief over his mother's death has numbed Owen to his changed life—moving from rural Pennsylvania with his father, now the building's superintendent. With her affluent parents abroad and her brothers newly away at college, Lucy's long-standing loneliness has acquired a sharp edge. The blackout continues after they're rescued, and dealing with it together shatters the cocoon each lives in. They ramble the crowded streets before ascending to the roof, where they fall asleep under a starry sky. When Lucy wakes up, Owen's gone; his dad needs help managing the blackout's aftermath. By the time they reconnect, Lucy's moving abroad, while Owen and his newly unemployed dad are heading west. The alternating narration builds tension as the two both live their separate lives and recollect their fragile bond, giving readers access to the closely observed emotions of each, something neither has. If the emotional authenticity points up less-believable plot points (if only applying to college were so easy!), it also eclipses those lapses. Truth about love always gets our attention, and this book will catch readers'. (Fiction. 12-18)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted a cute book to read for the day, and that's exactly what i got out of this book! I was first interested by the title and the cover, but the book proved to be just as interesting! It's the perfect read if you are looking for a cute, light-hearted story.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
It seems like I waited forever for The Geography of You and Me. One of my favorite YA contemporaries was written by Jennifer E. Smith – The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, if you were wondering – and I love New York City. Of course I wanted to get my hands on this book. After initially being denied access to an ARC, I pre-ordered it and then got wrapped up in other books and didn't get around to it, even though it's been on my iPad this whole time. Then it was made available on NetGalley again and I was lucky enough to snag a review copy and I figured there's no time like the present to read it.  This book had a great setup and was, initially at least, set in the best city in the whole world. The first 25%-30% was fantastic. I loved Lucy and Owen introduction and the time they spent together the night of the blackout. I loved the author's description of the city during the blackout. I don't ever want to experience something like it firsthand, but thanks to Jennifer's descriptive writing, I felt like I was right there with them. Things started to go a bit awry for me once the characters went on their own journeys, but not because the story failed at that point, but just because I'm a sucker for romance and I wanted more. That was my only real problem with the book – the lack of MORE. More of Lucy and Owen together. More banter. More romance. More New York. More everything. Except travel. It definitely had enough of that.  Now I'm going to slightly contradict myself and say that, while I wanted more of Lucy and Owen in the same zip code, I loved how realistically Jennifer handled their time apart. The postcards were sweet and unexpected of teens these days. They weren't about the instant gratification of social media or email, but something deeper. They didn't wait around for each other – at least not completely. They each had relationships with someone else and, while that bothered me at the time because I was shipping Lucy and Owen, it was believable. These two had no idea if or when they would ever see each other again. It only makes sense they would try to recapture some of what they felt together with new people. I can't really fault them for it. I think it would have been easier for Jennifer to write a story where they sat and pined away for each other and didn't date anyone else. But it wouldn't have been as real, either.  I've seen some other reviews slamming the author's writing in some of the later chapters in the book. Personally, I enjoyed these chapters. They were some of my favorite moments in the entire book. I loved seeing the parallel in their lives in each new city they were in. There was a huge focus on waiting in this book and it was illustrated perfectly for me in these chapters.  In a nutshell, I *liked* The Geography of You and Me. It was better than the last of Jennifer's books that I read – This is What Happy Looks Like – but nowhere close to as good as The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, IMHO anyhow. The pace was slower than most YA contemporaries I read and at times I found my attention wavering a bit, but then I would get pulled back in with an event or turn of phrase. But mostly, I just really wanted to see what would happen in the end. This book wasn't as big on swoons as I hoped it would be, but I was able to appreciate it for what it was.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book read it in a couple hours but the ending could have been better
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
I have read Smith's previous two books, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and This is What Happy Looks Like. I personally liked the first more than the second but even then, both books didn't wow me. I am a huge contemporary fan so I read a ton of contemporaries and I felt I was missing the wow factor. However, I wanted to read The Geography of You and Me because I wanted to give her writing another try and because of the intriguing synopsis. While I also wasn't wowed by this book, I can point out that this would be many people's cup of tea. I ended up giving it 3 stars which is a rating that means I liked the book but I did have a couple of issues with it. So the synopsis, have I mentioned how awesome it is? I like books told in 24 hours or we witness the lives of the main protagonists at a slower pace than we're used to. Also the whole idea of getting stuck with a hot stranger in an elevator made it sound exciting. However, I just felt that the author didn't grasp the full potential of such a setting. The whole elevator scene was short, as well as the night they spent exploring Manhattan. I wished we got more. I feel that I always say that for Smith's books. I wanted more exploring, more adventure, activities, and more emotions.  Lucy and Owen meet up for that half day then each are whisked into their own lives. Lucy has to move across the atlantic ocean while Owen's dad is going traveling across the US in hopes of getting a job. There was some great background with both their families and just emotional depth but I just wasn't invested. I honestly don't know if it's a "it's me, not you" thing with Smith's books. I can never fully enjoy them while so many people do. I did start getting interested when Lucy and Owen started building up their own lives alone.. but then I get pushed right out of the caring circle because of their obsession for each other. They've only known each other for 24 hours, at least a third of that was spend on them asleep so I just don't get how they just couldn't move on from this. They both get a girlfriend/boyfriend but all their thoughts are on each other. I just found that really crappy of both of them and unfair to their partners. I wished there was more at stake, a better root for their love towards each other.. because no matter what, they were infatuated by each other and that doesn't logically result in them spending months thinking and obsessing over each other. Maybe i'm a cynic, but I just can't wrap my head around it. I do have to point out that I love how the relationship between Lucy and her parents got better in a nondramatic way. It was all because of lack of communicating their thoughts and feelings to each other and I liked how they were able to get past that. Basically if you were a fan of Smith's previous two books then this is for you. Also if you don't mind insta-love contemporary books then you would also enjoy this. I did enjoy it, hence the 3 star rating, but it isn't a book that I will remember a couple of months from now.
HiltonHeader More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a masterpiece of writing. Lyrical, engaging, imaginative. And heartwarming. 
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Lucy and Owen meet in an elevator trapped between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City highrise during a citywide blackout. What could have been an ordinary night spent alone in the dark becomes a shared moment of wonder for Lucy and Owen. Together they explore a Manhattan that looks more like a party than a crisis before admiring the shockingly bright stars over Manhattan's skyline. But after that one magical night, Lucy and Owen find themselves pulled in opposite directions. Literally. Owen and his father head for points west while Lucy and her parents move to Edinburgh. Lucy and Owen don't have a lot in common to start with. They don't even know much about each other. Still their relationship plays out across the miles in the form of postcards and sporadic emails. Although both Lucy and Owen try to move on they soon realize an unfinished something keeps pulling them back to each other in The Geography of You and Me (2014) by Jennifer E. Smith. The Geography of You and Me is a delightful story of an unlikely long-distance relationship and an ode to the joys of travel and old-fashioned correspondence. Smith brings the wonder and frustrations of a New York blackout delightfully to life in the opening pages. The evocative prose just gets better from there as readers travel across the country with Owen and across the Atlantic with Lucy. The story alternates between Lucy and Owen's perspective to offer insights not just into their correspondence but also into the relationships both have with their parents. As much as The Geography of You and Me is a romance it is also an anthem for family and communication. With Lucy coming from a well-to-do family and Owen being on the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum, there are also some interesting moments about privilege and what that can mean in modern life. Smith offers nods to social networking and emails while also hearkening back to the simpler and often more sincere communications found in postcards. It is highly likely readers will seek a new pen pal or join Post Crossing after finishing this cheerfully well-traveled novel. Possible Pairings: Roomies by Tara Altebrando and Sara Zarr, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, All I Need by Susane Colasanti, Just One Day by Gayle Forman, The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson, The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson, Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this author!
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
   I have a lot of love for Jennifer E. Smith. Her writing is flawless, and I always fall in love with her books. So whenever I got my hands on The Geography of You and Me, I knew I'd love it. I just didn't realize how much!   Lucy and Owen were meant to be from the very first page. I loved the way they interacted. It seemed so natural and realistic. With the few exceptions, I've never gotten this emotional over a bookish couple. But they just seemed real, y'all. With every twist and turn, my fingers were crossed for them to make it. Team Lowen forever.   The Geography of You and Me is the best of young adult contemporary romance. It has everything that makes a good one and so much more. It's been such a long time since I've felt this much of a connection to a story, and I'm in love with this feeling.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Whatever you paid for THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME, Jennifer E. Smith made sure you are getting it back in double the amount of smiles, melancholic sighs and happy tears. This beloved YA contemporary author's words are conjuring up all the feels! New York City is dark. Lucy and Owen's is surely not the only elevator in the city that is stuck without any electricity. But theirs is the one to start their story. The one to start a great love story. So after the elevator, Lucy and Owen spent one night together (it's ordinary, but same parts magical). And then things come together and after only a few short days their ways part again. Lucy leaves New York for Europe and Owen goes on a road trip with his father. So there will be chapters told from Lucy's perspective and others told from Owen's. Despite the distance between them they are never really separated from each other, still wondering what the other one is doing. And I'm still surprised that Lucy and Owen's story touched me so much because they have so few time they actually spend together. Distance makes the (reader's) heart grow fonder really applies here. Their love story evolves with distance and each moment they spend in a new city, they learn how to find to themselves first before they can find to each other. Wandering, travelling and seeing the world is a big part of their story. Edinburgh, London, New York, Lake Tahoe. This is such a rewarding and rich story for everyone who loves to travel. I've seen a few of the places Lucy visits, and Owen's stops will all hop right onto my travel wishlist. Just thinking about Lucy and Owen's story gives me this deep feeling of contentment. Life is uncertain, people go different ways and sometimes not fate, or a coincidence, but your own striving to find happiness brings you back together. It's a story of many contradictions, similarities, too. Of learning how to fit in, and how you sometimes need to fit only with the ones that you love. How a place can be an adventure, a home, or both. It's hard to explain how Jennifer E. Smith writes her characters right into your heart after only a few chapters. Her stories always have that special feeling about uncertainty of the many ways of life and the miracles that can actually happen. There are chapters in THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME that left me stunned and they sometimes consisted of only a handful of words. There are postcards, and ice cream, travelling, wonders of nature, bustling cities full of possibilities. Jennifer E. Smith just wrote some of my most favourite things in the world into one story, so it's easy to say this story had everything I need. Now you too should get ready for the marvels and miracles of this new Jennifer E. Smith book! 5/5 ***** THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME - Lucy and Owen's globe-spanning love story is one of a kind. This is the one book that should be shared with all your best friends! Are you looking for a YA contemporary read that gets your skin tingling, your mind wandering and your heart soaring? Then Jennifer E. Smith's THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME is the perfect pick to get your daily dose of reading happiness. If you could wish for any book right now, this should be it!
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A lot over 1.98. any book with over two page blurb can save you money in sub genre combos as they can put you wise to all the stuff you dont like to read. Do not bother to read more than a paragraph on any five star book written for an honest review for freebie. It isnt and dont bother with rest. Any long review is boring and may reveal plot if you are sensitive i can re read a classic and forget who did it. JUST SAY NO TO OVER A PAGE REVIEW
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, while it wasn't very deep it was fun to read. The characters were likeable, but I don't think that they really clicked. This setion should be for short simple reviews. They don't need to be 12 pages long (in fact please DON'T make them this long). But they should be more than a smiley face. Remember a detailed synopsis is not a review.
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book4children More than 1 year ago
Owen and Lucy meet when they get stuck in an elevator together. The power in New York City goes out and they spend an entire night together, watching the stars. Soon, both of them are pulled away from New York with their families, but they keep in touch sporadically and meet up now and then. It is a slow paced, gentle romance that reminds me of the way romance novels used to be. Sweet, genuine, and real. The only problem with it is that I've read several other books that are very similar. But it's nearly impossible to write something that's unlike anything else, so it's not really a complaint. The book is clean, sweet, and it's the way romance is supposed to be. It's about building a relationship and getting to know someone. I really liked it! Content: About 3-4 mild curse words. Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
Sweet Teen Romance I received an advance reader edition of this book from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. 3.5 Stars I read books in all kinds of situations and I read lots of different kinds of books. This book was read from beginning to end while sitting in the car for a long car ride. I only mention that fact because it is a very different reading environment for me. I am not sure if I would have put it down to do something else around the house because it simply was not an option. That being said I have done my best to rate this book as I would any other book. I enjoyed this sweet teen read. Some portions of the book were more interesting than others and in many ways I found the basic plot to be unrealistic but I like the book anyway. This is the first book that I have read by Jennifer E. Smith. Lucy and Owen meet in a New York City apartment building's elevator. Unfortunately, they meet during a huge blackout affecting the entire area. After being rescued from the elevator, they stay together throughout the night. Lucy is the youngest daughter of a wealthy couple who enjoy traveling and she is home alone on the night of the blackout. Owen is the only child of the apartment's superintendent. Their evening together makes a lasting impression on both Lucy and Owen. Lucy soon moves with her parents to Scotland while Owen travels west with his father who is looking for work. Each adjust to their new life while staying connected via postcards and email. This really is the story of Lucy and the story of Owen told in alternating narratives. Their stories are really separate with the exception of a few places where their paths intersect. The book was easy to read. I found the alternating viewpoints worked in this book but I found that I enjoyed Owen's voice more than Lucy's for much of the book. It could be that Owen's story was simply more interesting to me since he had much more to overcome. I do think that it is a bit unrealistic that both Owen and Lucy would still be thinking about each other so much after that one night. I have been a teenager and I am the mother of two teenage daughters. I am constantly around teenagers and as far as I can tell most teenagers move on to the next thing very quickly. That is just my opinion. I do understand that Lucy and Owen did not have a network of friends to move on with since they both move during the book. I did like this book. I would feel completely comfortable with my youngest daughter who is 13 reading this book so I do feel it is appropriate for younger teens. I plan to read other works by Jennifer E. Smith in the future.
jeneaw34 More than 1 year ago
  This is my first book from Smith and it sounded super cute so I took a chance. It starts of with Lucy and Owen meeting while stuck in an elevator. Lucy is a city girl and Owen is new to New York. Spending the night together walking around after they were rescued gave them the time to get to know each other fall for each other. The future is unclear, and when they are separated but with the connection they feel for each other, they try to keep in touch. Sounds cute and fun right?!   Lucy and Owen are wonderful characters. They each have their own things that have happened in their lives, things to move on from and move past. Told in dual POV’s we get both sides and their struggles and feelings about things. The romance had it share of swoony moments. It was sweet, with the postcards and emails but the pair being separated for over 3/4′s of the book eventually got to me. The hopeless romantic side of me wanted them to see each other again, and I kept waiting for it to happen. Wanting to know what was going to happen, would they meet again, would they work through their own issues and insecurities? Some of the decisions made by both of them were good ones, but I liked watching grow and learn more about themselves. The descriptions of the places traveled were great too ! The ending was pretty good and overall, this was quite an enjoyable read and I will be on the lookout for more books from this author.
SheBookBlogs More than 1 year ago
I love the premise of this book. I love these types of YA stories. However, after 15%, I lost my connection to the main characters.  I preferred them just to be apart.  There was nothing wrong with the writing.  For me it was the way the characters were presented. Lucy and Owen meet in an elevator during a New York blackout. They spend a few days together, only later to be separated.  Owen moves to the West Coast while Lucy moves across the Atlantic.  They try to keep in touch by sending each other postcards from whatever destination they live or travel.  On few rare occasions they meet up.  The reader gets to see them through a span of several years. The ending just did nothing for me.  It did not feel like closer. It just felt like a continuation.  Like what happened in the last 35% of the book was just going to keep happening. I did not feel any sparks, I honestly did not see the story of “them.”  It just felt like a bunch of inner dialogue about two people and where they lived at any given time. I almost wanted them to be with other people.   There was nothing special about any of their interaction except in the beginning.  I felt like every time Owen thought about sending Lucy a postcard it was not that he wanted to but he felt like he did it out of obligation.   A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
This may only be my second book by Jennifer E. Smith, but I feel like I've got a pretty good idea of what one should expect when reading a book by her. If you're looking for cutesy, romantic(ish), fluffy, feel good stories then Jennifer E. Smith has the book(s) for you! I'm not author/book bashing by any means. She's found her niche and she writes it well. I just don't think one should expect anything with more than a little depth from any of her books. The Geography of You and Me was a sweet (if clichéd), quick read. It would have been nearly perfect if I had wanted something fluffy and light. I was just expecting something more. I expected more postcards, e-mails, and just more interaction between Lucy and Owen in general. * This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. * You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Unlikely pairs seem to make for the best stories and The Geography of You and Me proves that even teens can forge the most amazing, soul deep bonds. Imagine being trapped in an elevator with a teen boy you don’t even know, but together, you begin a relationship that stands the test of time, distance and differences. Lucy and Owen come from two different worlds, but that day in the elevator brought those worlds together as they continued to spend hours after the power returns just talking, getting to know each other. Lucy and Owen go their separate ways, leaving New York behind, Lucy to another continent, and Owen across the country. Through postcards, they maintain the tenuous hold on their bond, even as time goes by. As the miles split their lives in two, so splits this tale as each of their perspectives are told. Will what they feel stand the test of time, growing up and the miles in between or will they grow apart, each becoming a fond memory to cherish in later years? Jennifer E. Smith has created a youthful love story that grows gently and warms the heart to read. On the light side, with the pacing of a skilled hand, The Geography of You and Me is a delightful read that will leave you smiling, inside and out as two teens learn the value of the work it takes to keep love and friendship alive.
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I've been wanting to read a Jennifer E. Smith book for some time now, as I've heard she writes really cute contemporaries and I am all about those! While this was a cute read, I found it just didn't quite have that special something I was looking for. Pacing: I felt the pacing was okay. Smith is a very descriptive author and I felt it was a bit overkill for my tastes. I also felt the overall action of the plot was lacking. While I enjoyed the description to an extent, I just didn't feel a good balance between the two. Storyline: I thought the premise was a cute one- two people meeting under a rather unique circumstance and spending time together, only to be separated shortly after and having to overcome that obstacle. I felt the blurb of this was a bit misleading. I was waiting for this epic romance that would defy time and space and I just didn't get that. I thought Owen and Lucy would have an actual relationship and spend their time writing back and forth and actually pining for one another. Don't get me wrong- I like that Smith went in a realistic direction in terms of both of them meeting other people, but I don't feel Owen and Lucy's relationship was emphasized nearly enough. In fact, they really seem more like two passing ships in the night, than two people who shared a connection together at one point in time. Owen is resistant to responding back to her via email, which I didn't really understand, and only sends her postcards, which, while charming, was frustrating because they were usually silly inside jokes and didn't have any depth to them. I think one of my problems was that I went into this book looking for a cute romance and ended up getting more realism than I had planned. Characters: I didn't really find myself connecting to these characters to be honest. I felt bad for Lucy, as she essentially takes care of herself at 16. Her brothers are off at college and her parents gallivant around the world, leaving her at home. This bothers her, as she would also like to go see these places, and she finds herself lonely a lot of the time. She isn't a social butterfly and doesn't have very many friends of her own. Spending one night with Owen and sharing her love of NYC with him really made her feel special and definitely not so lonely. Her feelings for Owen seemed like they ran a little deeper than his for her, as he would cross her mind more often while she was away. Where Lucy loves the city, Owen does not. He is having a hard time adjusting to his new life there and he and his father are still grieving over the loss of his mother. While Lucy moves away internationally, Owen and his father jump in the car and travel across the country trying to find their place. Sadly, each place doesn't seem to last very long before they're back on the road again. I did have a hard time understanding why Lucy and Owen's next meeting was so awkward when they were at the restaurant in San Francisco. I get they were nervous, but wow they took it to a whole other level. They were much more comfortable outside, where I guess they didn't feel restrained in any way? Just the freedom of being outdoors in a vast world makes the conversation flow, maybe? My biggest issue I think was that I just didn't really get Lucy and Owen's relationship. I didn't see them develop into friends and when they met up again, it still felt distant and off. It wasn't until the end where I really started to see their feelings evolve and mature and that their 'relationship' made more sense. Final Thoughts: I did really like the whole 'home isn't necessarily a place' aspect the book had. Lucy and Owen both realize that it's not necessarily about the place they end up, but who is there waiting. Overall, it was cute, but I just needed more. I had a hard time believing in their relationship, because I didn't feel they really had one for most of the story. They shared a connection one night and then went their own ways, only thinking of one another occasionally. The ending was sweet, so fans of Jennifer's writing style and light-hearted nature will be very pleased.