Title: The Geography of You and Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publication date: April 15, 2014
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.
When I sat down to write this review, I had a really difficult time putting my thoughts down on the screen. I gave The Geography of You and Me three stars on Goodreads, and I find that those “middle of the road” books are sometimes the hardest to review. I decided since I was having issues with the review and making a list always make me happy, here is my review in list form:
1) Love the cover! I just mentioned in my review last week that I love when authors have a “template” cover and Jennifer E. Smith is on that list.
2) I enjoyed the dual POVs. Lucy and Owen’s voices were distinct and different enough that I truly felt like I was experiencing each character’s perspective.
3) It was a light enough read that I could read a few pages at a time and when I picked it back up, I wasn’t lost.
1) I wanted more personality from Lucy. Her character was very ho-hum to me and I didn’t connect with her as much as I did with Owen.
2) At times I felt like the book was overwritten with flowery language. It didn’t always fit with what was going on in the story and it distracted me.
3) I didn’t buy into the romance as much as I wanted to This was the biggest bummer for me. I think it’s hard to portray long-distance relationships so I give JES credit for tackling it, but I simply couldn’t get into it. Major sads.
The Geography of You and Me was an okay book, and while I’ll read more of Jennifer E. Smith’s work in the future, I would recommend reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight first.