The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith: Review

Posted May 13, 2014 by Emily in book review / 2 Comments

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith: ReviewThe Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Poppy on April 15, 2014
Genres: contemporary, Girls & Women, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 337
Format: Advanced Review Copy
Source: Poppy

I received this book for free from Poppy in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

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.

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