Thursday, June 19, 2014

Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

The Geography of You and Me
By: Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: April 15, 2014

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.

Jennifer E. Smith has the most unique ways for two people meeting each other by chance and then leaving quite a lasting impression.  Her characters are like any other normal person on the street, there is nothing spectacular about them which makes these stories more plausible and that is always entertaining because it gives you hope.  Isn't that all we really want is just a little bit of hope and of course the love that follows?

We meet Lucy and Owen who officially meet one another in an elevator during a blackout in New York.  That alone is a great experience, I can only imagine living so close to the city how crazy it must be during a blackout, even for just a few minutes I can only see complete chaos.  But in this chaos these two people found each other, and a connection was made, one so strong that it would last several months even after only meeting once.  Have you ever met someone and they just left the strongest impression on you?  That is what happens between Owen and Lucy.  It was like magic. 

The book went a little slow and even though it wasn’t deep emotionally as I think it could have been it did touch upon some important things in each of their lives that really make them who they are today.  They both have travelled pretty much around the world but still managed to stay connected whether through post cards or email they still tried to keep in touch.  It was a very sweet ending.

Overall the book was good and I liked it, it did remind me of the last book Jennifer wrote, but this one had more of a complete finish whereas the other one definitely left me wanting more.  It was a sweet, quick read but again was a little slow throughout the book but still kept you hoping they would finally get together.  This is a nice summer read.

I received this book from NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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