The Geography of You and Me

The Geography of You and Me

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316254762
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 104,038
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, The Geography of You and Me, This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. She currently lives in New York City.

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The Geography of You and Me 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
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.
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.
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
HiltonHeader More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a masterpiece of writing. Lyrical, engaging, imaginative. And heartwarming. 
Isabella Orlowski More than 1 year ago
After reading the story ‘The Geography of You and Me’ by Jennifer E. Smith, I would give it a rating of four out of five stars. I have my likes, my dislikes, and my overall view of the story. It first takes place when the two main characters, Owen and Lucy, are trapped in an elevator during a city-wide blackout in New York, and meet. At first they were very unaware of what the rest of that evening would look like - well once they were freed from the elevator, they never seemed to depart until the following morning. Ever since Owen and Lucy met, the connection they had never seemed to disappear, even through the consistent moving farther, and farther apart. The one thing that helps hold the connection urigh, was the postcards they sent back and forth from each new location they ended up. The rest of the story tells about what they each face in there new towns, and no matter what else was happening, they were always on each other's minds. I agree with ‘Pettie-pastel’ in her observation of how they are each constantly on the move from town tp down, and how the whole idea of the postcard communication was so different yet cute at the same time!! The things I liked about this book-why I gave it a four star rating: One reason that i enjoyed this book and gave it four stars was because the story itself was different from anything I’ve ever read….not only did it portray the aspects of a love story, but Jen also enabled it in a way to allow the story to carry on through the difficult plot of them being seperated. Another thing I particularly liked about the story was the plot. The plot stirred up many emotions overall such as anticipation of when they might see eachother again, or sadness for Lucy when she felt stupid reaching out to him when she figured he was still goofin off with Paisley. And lastly, I liked the structure of the book, a lot. Not only was the reader able to see everything occurring through Lucy’s eyes, but also Owens. It was set up in a way that each character's point of view came in every other chapter, providing the reader with a clear view of everything happening in both lives. Some things I disliked about the story: Although I am sure the plot was very difficult, I felt a quite a few times in the story it was just dragging on...getting a little boring and it was just reading irrelevant things to the plot. Overall, I think the story was an enjoyable read, and very different from most ‘love’ stories. One of my favorite quotes that I think helps support what I’m saying is, “How long could a single night really be expected to last? How far could you stretch such a small collection of minutes? He was just a boy on a roof. She was just a girl in an elevator”(112). This is my favorite quote because it shows exactly how they both thought and viewed the situation, ‘just one meaningless night’ because they feared that the other did not feel the same as them, when really in the end they ended up feeling the same about each other the whole time.
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jacquinw More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days! It was really great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very amazing and was very romantic. It would be a very good book for girls.
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.