Book: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Date Published: April 15th, 2014
Date Started: April 20th, 2014
Date Finished: May 7th, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, This is What Happy Looks Like, Hello Goodbye and Everything In Between
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.
Hey Guys! Sorry its been a while since I posted a review up. I’ve just been really busy with work and such. It was a shame because I was really excited to read this book after reading Jennifer E. Smith’s other book, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I wanted to finish it in one night, but life just didn’t work out like that.
So the reason I love Smith’s books is the fact that she’s obsessed with traveling just as much as I am. Both of the books that I’ve read written by her deal with London, and I love England. Which is why I’m planning on going to school there soon.
This story is about Lucy and Owen. One night, they were both trapped inside of an elevator when the entire city of New York faces a blackout for the whole night. After they were rescued, they decide to spend the night together walking the city and staring at the stars from the rooftop. After the power comes back, Lucy and Owen are forced to go in their separate directions. But after living so many miles apart from each other- Owen on the west coast of the US, and Lucy in Western Europe, they find that they are still drawn to each other.
One thing that I liked about this book was how income played a part in this. Not in a demeaning way at all, but Lucy’s family come from more means, and its a little bit more affordable for her to travel. But her money doesn’t mean she has everything. She wishes her family was closer. The development in the book between her and her parents is phenomenal. But for Owen, after the death of his mother, he and his father don’t have much. But he and his father are close. They are forced to go across the country trying to find work to survive. But what amazes me about Owen is that he works hard for his money, and he does what ever he can to make his way to Lucy.
I believe that this story is the long distance relationship gone right in a sea of long distance relationships gone wrong. Its a redeeming for so many people whose relationships couldn’t stand the test of distance. Lucy and Owen barely met for one day, but they kept being drawn to each other. I wish they spent more time together in the book. The book is structured so that you get Owen’s story in one chapter and then Lucy’s story in the next chapter. They both dealt with their own struggles of having to move from place to place, failed relationships. It was great to see their individual character developments, but at the same time see their attraction for one another grow stronger. This book is a happy go lucky sort of book, but what I think is the genius of Smith, is the fact that there is a hint of struggle and sadness in her books. For Owen, its the death of his mother. It makes the story more in-depth, and you aren’t bombarded with a story that is just overly lovey dovey.
If you’re looking for a quick read to boost your spirits, this is the book to do it.