The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: April 15th, 2014
Poppy, 337 Pages
Source: eARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!)
Sub-genre: Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
Age Group: Young Adult
Other Books by Jennifer E. Smith: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
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.
I’ll start out by saying that I really enjoyed The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight as well as This is What Happy Looks Like, but The Geography of You and Me felt like it was missing something. Maybe that spark between the two main characters. Throughout the book, I just couldn’t understand the apparent attraction between the two. In the other books, I felt the connection and that’s what made me like the books.
Lack of chemistry aside, I found the setting of a blackout of New York City (and what it would be like) was really creative. I read this book while I was in New York and being able to look up at the night sky and try to imagine what it would be like to see the stars and trying to imagine what the city would be like without power was just insane – I seriously couldn’t imagine it!
And, of course, the travel bug in me loved all of the different settings that we get to see – especially London!
While this book had qualities that I really liked – the travel, the concept of the blackout, I think the absence of love that I felt – errmm – the love that I didn’t feel, made me question why the characters did what they did and that’s why I couldn’t 100% get behind it.