About the book:
Title: The Geography of You and Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, 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.
Source: Public library
How I Found Out About It: Goodreads
Coming across this book at the public library, I decided to check it out, as it seemed like a really cute read, and I’d adored one of Jennifer E. Smith’s other books, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.
Oh, was I right! The Geography of You and Me was a quick but awesome read, and I’m honestly so glad I checked it out!
For a summary, this book centres around teens Lucy and Owen. The two meet in an elevator in their apartment building when it gets stuck one evening, and they hit it off right away, deciding to hang out some more. Unfortunately, as fate would have it, both find themselves living in new places; with Lucy in Edinburgh, and Owen out west. They do try to keep in touch, but as they keep traveling around, it does get hard to locate each other and send out postcards. Will they be able to see each other again, as well as maintain their relationship?
I thought that Lucy was super relatable, and I felt like I was able to connect with her well. Like me, she was a reserved, introverted bookworm who valued her studies, and I was so happy to come across another character just like me!😄 Fiction is in need of more introverts, and Lucy here is for sure a perfect example of one!
Owen was such a nice guy, and I felt very connected to him, as well. I found that he too was quite the introvert, and that he clicked with Lucy amazingly. It was so sad when they both moved away, and I honestly felt very sorry for both characters as they had to face so many struggles in their new communities. From the get-go, I could tell that Lucy and Owen were determined to be with each other, and that not even being millions of lightyears away would prevent them from doing so.
This wasn’t the most realistic contemporary on the face of the Earth, but let’s face it, neither was The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I mean, the ending was a happily ever after alright, but I don’t think it is something that would really happen in a typical life situation. Still, it was so fun to read, and contemporaries don’t necessarily need to be exactly like real life to be enjoyable!
Overall, this was a super cute, relatable story which shows that if things are meant to be, then they’ll be, as well as the fact that long distance relationships could definitely work; as long as you work hard at keeping them. I’d recommend this story to anyone looking for travel, a kindred spirit of a bookish protagonist, and a swoon-worthy romance, because I summon you to calculate the distance between yourself and a copy of this book, and pick it up now!😉
Rating: 4/5 Stars