Title: The Geography of You and Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publication Date: April 15, 2014 by Poppy
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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.
I love books about traveling because traveling around the world is my biggest dream. Most of Jennifer E. Smith’s books have that certain sense of traveling. She brought us to different places through her books and I’d love to say that this book has become one of my favorites.
Honestly, I’m not a big fan of instant-love kind of thing but somehow Jennifer E. Smith pulls it off everytime. That is one thing I love about her writing.
The book was separated into five parts: Here, There, Everywhere, Somewhere and Home. The main characters, Lucy and Owen, met at their apartment’s elevator when they got stuck inside because of a massive blackout in the East Coast. From there, their relationship has been built up. From free ice creams to stargazing, they had an instant connection. Until, they had to go in their separate ways after the blackout and being apart, literally, from each other.
I love the way Smith wrote about both character’s families, making each character full of substance. I also liked the way she brought us into the characters’ lives, especially describing the places Lucy and Owen have been to. It was like giving a glimpse of the places themselves.
Going back to the “geography” between the characters, I love that even though they were thousand miles from each other, there’s still a link between them, which was why the third part was my favorite part of the book.
I really adored this book and appreciated it even more, especially when I learned a lot from meeting Jennifer during a book signing event I attended. Her way of writing and telling stories about fate and long-distance relationships just tells us that there’s always a way with love.
ABOUT JENNIFER E. SMITH
Jennifer E. Smith is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her writing has been translated into 28 languages.