Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 2014-04-15
Genres: Love & Romance, Young Adult
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 is one of my favorite contemporary YA authors, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was one of the most amazing books I read in 2013, and This is What Happy Looks Like was absolutely amazing too. So I couldn’t wait for The Geography of You and Me!
I liked this one, a lot. Jennifer E. Smith has this great thing with instant chemistry, and she makes it believable. I loved the opening of this book, trapped in an elevator and a massive power outage throwing two people from hugely different lives into this awesome situation where they get to know one another.
But what I didn’t like? Their strange obsession with one another once they had both left New York. I understood the pull, their chemistry. But the fact that neither really wanted much to do with the other (no emails exchanged, just post cards) seemed like they really lost their spark at that point. It felt like the book was fairly aimless for awhile and dragged.
I wanted to love this one, and I did. I loved parts of it. But as a whole? Definitely not my favorite Jennifer E. Smith book! But still? Owen and Lucy were fantastic characters, and it was fun to follow them on their different journeys – which to me was more of the point of this story than the love story.