5/10/14

The Geography of You and Me

Author: Jennifer E. Smith 
Pages: 352 
Publisher: Headline 
Format: Paperback 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Owen lives in the basement. Lucy lives on the 24th floor. But when the power goes out in the midst of a New York heatwave, they find themselves together for the first time: stuck in a lift between the 10th and 11th floors. As they await help, they start talking... 

The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland they can't shake the memory of the time they shared. Postcards cross the globe when they themselves can't, as Owen and Lucy experience the joy - and pain - of first love. 


And as they make their separate journeys in search of home, they discover that sometimes it is a person rather than a place that anchors you most in the world.



My Summary: Lucy is the youngest of three children in a family that spends more time apart than together. Her wealthy parents are constantly jetting off to new and exotic places, leaving Lucy alone in New York. She wants nothing more than to travel alongside them, but her parents seem to prefer to love their children from a distance.

Owen and his father have always been close, but ever since his mother passed away, Owen is afraid to leave his dad alone for more than a few hours at a time. Their move to New York has been hard on them both, but Owen hopes his dad can find some solace in a new town - even if Owen himself hates it.

The two meet on a night that doesn't quite seem real, and even though time pulls them apart, their brief encounter links them together in ways they could never imagine.

My Thoughts: This book was incredibly fun to read. I got so attached to the characters that I was cheering by the end. The writing was flawless, and the story flowed perfectly. Lucy and Owen were incredibly realistic, and their reactions to the situations they found themselves in showed off both the similarities and the differences in their characters. I really enjoyed the switching point of views - they helped you understand both characters better as well as their thought processes.  

If you've ever longed to travel, this is the book for you. And if you've never wanted to send a postcard, I guarantee this book will change your mind - you'll definitely find yourself reaching for a few the next time you're on vacation.

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel - and any other novel by Jennifer E. Smith, really - to fans of Anna & the French Kiss as well as those looking for a sweet romance to kick-start their summer reading. 

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