Title: The Geography of You and Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publication date: April 15, 2013
Source: Signed ARC gifted by the author (Thank you, Jennifer!)
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.
*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads
Most people spend time looking for love, when all the while, it is everywhere. Love exists in all corners of the world, in the most unusual setting ever imagined, and yes, even in the absence of light. A beautiful serendipity—this is the kind of magic that Jennifer E. Smith’s newest young adult novel brings.
Poignant and captivating, The Geography of You and Me gives chance encounters and long distance relationships a deeper and meaningful essence. Moreover, The Geography of You and Me presents a compelling and realistic story of a blossoming relationship between the main characters, Lucy and Owen. However, just as Lucy and Owen develop feelings for each other, both characters move toward separate ways shortly after they met. Owen and his father set off to the West in pursuit of a better life. On the other hand, Lucy travels with her parents to Europe. Even with distance and time difference between them, Lucy and Owen manage to preserve the spark they shared on that dark September day.
The romance in this book is wonderfully developed. It’s not insta-love, which I liked very much! Heartwarming, bittersweet, and natural, Lucy and Owen’s romance is so far my favorite. I felt the suppressed emotions and Lucy and Owen’s intense longing for each other through their thoughts, emails, and most of all, the postcards. I believe the postcards became the symbol of Lucy and Owen’s connection. Because of this story, I appreciated postcards more and its power to convey strong emotions through images and short messages. As Lucy and Owen go on with life miles away from each other, they both explore new things and learn more about themselves. Not only that, they get to resolve the issues they’re going through with their respective families. But still, there’s an indiscernible gravity that pulls Lucy and Owen back to where their story began.
The Geography of You and Me rendered me speechless after reading it. Brimming with hope, heartfelt promises, and limitless possibilities, the ending truly moved me. The way Lucy and Owen saw each other again was a priceless moment! It certainly projects indescribable and hopeful feelings.
I’m forever in love with Jennifer E. Smith’s effortless and expressive prose. Her words, in all their sparkling glory, flow with emotions that tug at your heartstrings—earnest, personal, and very much real. Jennifer Smith also makes simple words lovely and vibrant, which I believe explains why her writing style never fails to amaze me.
The Geography of You and Me proves that love travels distances. It always finds a way back to you no matter where you are in this world. You just have to trust your heart and the one you love.