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


The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Age Range: 12 and up

Grade Level: 7 and up

Series: None

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Poppy (April 15, 2014)

Genre: Contemporary romance

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Lucy lives on the twenty-fourth floor. Owen lives in the basement. It’s
fitting, then, that they meet in the middle — stuck between two floors
of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless
by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, Lucy and Owen spend the
night wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare
appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is back, so is
reality. Lucy soon moves abroad with her parents, while Owen heads out
west with his father.

The brief time they spend together leaves a
mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and to San Francisco,
to Prague and to Portland, Lucy and Owen stay in touch through
postcards, occasional e-mails, and phone calls. But can they — despite
the odds — find a way to reunite?

Smartly observed and
wonderfully romantic, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the
center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. Sometimes, it can be a

My Thoughts:

Owen and Lucy meet when they get stuck in an elevator together. The
power in New York City goes out and they spend an entire night together,
watching the stars. Soon, both of them are pulled away from New York
with their families, but they keep in touch sporadically and meet up now
and then. It is a slow paced, gentle romance that reminds me of the way
romance novels used to be. Sweet, genuine, and real.

The only problem with it is that I’ve read several other books that are
very similar.  But it’s nearly impossible to write something that’s unlike anything else,
so it’s not really a complaint. The book is clean, sweet, and it’s the way
romance is supposed to be. It’s about building a relationship and
getting to know someone.  I really liked it!

Content: About 3-4 mild curse words.

Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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  • Reply
    Tressa S
    August 26, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I really enjoyed this one. I liked that it was more mellow. I think we can get overstimulated even with books, so I enjoy a sweet and slow read once in a while. Glad you liked it!

    • Reply
      August 27, 2014 at 12:10 am

      I agree! It's the perfect book to read on a rainy afternoon or when you want something calm and sweet.

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