The Geography of You and Me
By: Jennifer E. Smith
Pub. Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown for Young Readers
Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a
New York Cityapartment 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 Edinburghwith 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.
Jennifer E. Smith is becoming known as the author with the adorably cute stories and she definitely did it again with the The Geography of You and Me. I really enjoyed the characters of both Lucy and Owen and I love that the story was told in both of their point of views. I was expecting a different kind of story though, which put me off a little bit.
Lucy and Owen meet for the first time in an elevator when all of
New York City
is under a blackout. While they are only stuck in the elevator for a couple of
hours, they decide to spend the rest of the blackout together. Both of them are
dealing with their own problems, but they enjoyed the time the spent together.
I thought that they had a really cute connection and I liked that they kept in
touch through postcards. It was really unique and sweet.
I was under the impression that they kept in touch for a few years after the blackout. I thought that through college and new friends and new relationships they were still going to have this connection. That wasn't the case. The whole story took place in a span of about a year. This totally disappointed me.
Other then that, I thought this story was a sweet love story with such a perfect ending. I also love the cover and I thought it captured the story wonderfully.
3.5 stars rounded up to 4.