by: Jennifer E. Smith
It's a sweltering summer day in New York City. The perfect setting for a stuck elevator and chance encounter that throw Lucy and Oliver into each other's paths. After their rescue from the elevator, they spend the evening in the magical place that is NYC during a blackout. But, the stars don't seem to align for the couple. They run in different circles, and circumstances leave them across the globe. But, for some reason, in spite of other relationships, stuttered communication, and geographical barriers, they can't seem to let that one night go.
I've become a huge fan of Smith's work since The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. And, I loved This is What Happy Looks Like. As soon as the semester ended, I took the opportunity to dive into this one. Of course, it helped that the book came in a very lovely box.
Honestly, who could resist?
This book has all the trademarks of the things I love about Smith's work:
- Romances between two people that seem so unlikely but they are thrown together by fate.
- Sweet dialogue
- Characters with a past
- A major theme that takes the book from pure fluff to a serious issue
But one of the things that I thought Smith really brought home with this book was the travel. Oh, the travel. If you like books with a wanderlust theme, you're going to die of happiness. As I read this on the train during my travels to and from work, I closed my eyes and imagined that the train was taking me to Paris instead of the office. And I had a burning desire to send someone a postcard. The descriptions of Lucy's and Oliver's "homes" were rich and tantalizing.
However, The Geography of You and Me was not without faults. I may be nitpicking here, but I really wanted a little more depth from this story. With This is What Happy Looks Like especially, I felt like I needed to read a book with a highlighter to mark all the passages that spoke to me. This book didn't quite reach that level. I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't say it's my favorite of her novels.
Fans of Smith's other novels will be very satisfied with this newest title. I'd also recommend that fans of Sarah Dessen's work, 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, and Just One Day by Gayle Forman pick this one up. It's a sweet, contemporary romance that I'd recommend for ages 12 and up.