Title: The Geography of You and Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Publisher (eARC)
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.
Thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada for providing me with an eARC of this book for review!
Oh my. I loved this book! I’m hesitant to mark it as a 5-star book because it feels so familiar and I can’t quite put my finger on why it feels that way, whether it’s reminiscent of another Jennifer E Smith book, or of another book in general, or maybe even a movie, but the whole time I was reading the story, I thought I had read it before.
But … BUT! It was still a lot of fun!
Actually, like most books by authors who I love, I decided to just crack it open and start reading, without having any clear direction on what the story was about, so almost instantly I fell in love with the fact that the story started off in an elevator with Lucy and Owen being its only passengers. The elevators stop and they start talking. The city is completely blacked out so they have this amazing evening together. It was all so perfect!
I loved both of the main characters immensely and also enjoyed that the story wasn’t just about them but also about family. Both Lucy and Owen seem to come from different worlds, but they both have problems with their family in some way or another. Throughout the story, they’re both struggling to find themselves and what they want, as well as trying to have a relationship between the two of them, AND trying to deal with their families. There’s a lot going on, but it all works so well. Not only that, but there’s an element of travel as Owen travels across the country and Lucy to another continent — there’s really something for everyone!
This was my third Jennifer E. Smith book and it really cemented her as being one of my favourite authors. I love how her stories seem to revolve around that same theme of love and the idea of “home” not being rooted in one place, but more in a person or people. Not only that, but she’s such a great writer and I don’t even have to know what her stories are going to be about — I just know that I’ll be in love within the first few pages and unable to put the story down until I finish. It’s a great feeling!