October 22, 2014

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


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.

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I cannot stress out how adorable this book is. The cover and title is just perfect. Just like the geography of Owen and Lucy. *O* (See what i did there?)

In just a few hours, the lives of two lonely people in a sucky situation changed entirely.
It’s not every day you read a book that makes you want to be stuck in an elevator in the midst of a citywide blackout. ;)

“There are so many ways to be alone here, even when you’re surrounded by many people."

We have Lucy who is an introvert (and loves books). I find that she is very easy to relate to and I would’ve liked to see more of her with her brothers as she is portrayed to be fond of them and she’s mostly left to her own thoughts so I think it could be interesting to see her fun side with other people other than Owen. Other than that, she has this warm vibe around her. I can be easily annoyed with female protagonists but with Lucy, you just can’t help but understand where her loneliness is coming from.

And we have Owen… Oh yes. A fragile lad who’s still in the process of healing because of the death of his mother. He’s not the “emo” type. For me, he’s the right mix of vulnerable and strong for he has to pull himself together for the benefit of him and his father. *sigh* I wish I could give him a hug ~

One heads up though, this book might give you a mind jetlag as the setting jumps from one place to another. Well, that is the essence of the story after all. But it could also be a bit off-putting because what's the point of having your characters move back and forth around the globe if distance doesn't actually seem to be a problem for them?
One would think that their resolution to send postcards to each other (instead of just using email), would somehow cause them to have a fallout but no they didn't. It takes the surprise out of the story because everything just snaps together so perfectly.

However charming this book could be, I believe it could be a light or heavy read depending on the reader. (There are a few family issues here that might touch the hearts of some.) But for me, it's the former because there wasn't exactly a climax to the story. But throughout the book, I have felt what it's like to yearn for something. Even when I reached the ending, it was still there.
I hope that wherever Owen & Lucy goes, they'll still be together.
Just the thought of meeting someone and be so at ease with that person is very appealing and magical. To have them be apart from you is another thing. And everyone wants their happy ending, right?

If I have to describe this book in just one word, it would be: Heartwarming.

~ Sashiidee


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