Published by Poppy on April 15, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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.
What I Thought…
- Without a doubt I absolutely love Jennifer E Smiths writing. I love how smooth her narration is, how everything flows and I love her unique ideas (even if they are a bit improbable). In The Geography of You and Me we meet Lucy and Owen, who are very different and meet by chance while they are stuck in an elevator during a city wide blackout. That’s not really where their story takes place though, their story is how they are separated and how they find each other again.
- After Lucy and Owen are separated they begin an exchange of postcards, though there were far few post cards than I was expecting. It worked for the story though, showing how far apart and separated they are beyond the physical distance.
- Owen recently lost his mother and him and his father leave town and end up taking a job in Lily’s building. After some unfortunate circumstances Owen ends up leaving New York with his father and they travel throughout the US looking for work. They traveled all over, landing in places here and there and finally ending up on the west coast. Their trip is not an easy one and wears on Owen a bit as he contemplates his future.
- Lucy thought she would never be leaving NYC but her dad ends up taking a job in Scotland so off she goes! I enjoyed Lucy’s travels as much as I did Owens. I really liked how Lucy grew and changed throughout her travels as well. In NYC she didn’t really have any friends and was often by herself, but things started to change for her in Scotland, and even more so when she ended up in London. Without these changes I don’t think Lucy would have been ever been able to really take a chance on Owen.
- As with her other books Smith gives us a satisfying ending, but not an over the top one. She leaves the couple exactly as they should and their future is still unknown, but that’s right kind of ending for them.
If you like cute long distance stories, The Geography of You and Me is for you!