About: The Geography Of You And Me
by Jennifer E. Smith
Pub. Date: April 15th
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.
My Rating: 5+ stars
Review: What to say? I am a huge fan of this author, I would even go so far as to say that she is my favorite contemporary author and I just loved and adored this book just as much as I did her others and cannot wait for more from her.
This book centers around two characters, Owen and Lucy, who after meeting one night in an elevator in the middle of a city wide black out move hundreds of miles away from each other, they both felt something that night but before they have a chance to understand what they are separated by vast distances. The book is told between the two characters POVs as they each go on their own adventures still somehow connected and defined by that one night that they spent looking at the stars. While they make half hearted attempts to keep in touch each one is afraid that the night meant nothing to the other and is afraid of being rejected and so they live their own lives and yet somehow they always come back to that one night, to the boy and girl stuck in an elevator. That night they asked each other the question if they could go anywhere in the world where would it be? For Owen it's everywhere and for Lucy somewhere, and that's what they do, traveling further and further apart and still always drawn to each other and that is how the story goes.
I felt that this book was fairly realistic, I don't thins it was so much about a long distance relationship as kinda the absence of one. There was post cards and unanswered emails, but no promises to each other and for the most part no communication at all, it was more about how that one night changed them and stuck with them through everything. How one chance encounter in the middle of a blackout affected their lives, how even though they didn't talk for months and even though they really only knew each other for a handful of hours they still dreamed that something could come from this and it still changed their lives.
The characters - I love Lucy and Owen so much not just together but apart too. Lucy is a bookworm and a loner, she loves her family but is used to her parents leaving her alone for days while they travel and her brothers are away at college and her story is allot about her reclaiming her family, mainly her mom, and learning that being with people can be just as good if not better than being alone. With Owen his mom just died and his dad and him are trying, basically, to outrun their grief, leaving their home behind and eventually just hitting the road and driving until they find somewhere to stop for a little while before moving on once more, I loved their relationship how they had to take care of each other and how for the most part they were all they had. Of course overall the most important thing is Owen and Lucy's relationship, if you can call it that, besides a few postcards and emails and one reunion that ends badly, they don't talk to each other throughout most of the book, it's about how they are without each other and realizing it's not crazy to feel this way after only one night of talking. It's about them finding their way back to New York and the possibility of that night and it's just so good.
The traveling - I am a sucker for contemporaries with road trips and any kind of traveling and I liked that this book had so much of that. I loved the part about point zero the center of Paris the most and how they made their own point zero and it's just really good, okay?
The writing - I love Jennifer's writing, it's beautiful and light hearted and I don't know..quotable? Seriously I highlighted like half of the book which I mean I do that allot but still!
-I would have liked it if Lucy's brothers had actually been in the book, but that is really a small unimportant thing.
-I wanted more postcards. I get the point was kinda not having the postcards and trying to move on and everything but still I loved the postcard thing and I wanted more!
-That it ended?
Overall - I love this book just as much as I love all of her others books that I have every read. If you loved Statistical Probability and/or Happy than I do believe you will love this one too. I know some people were disappointed in it but I honestly do not know why. In the end I really have no complaints about this book. It's fun and lighthearted, it's not something to read if you want to discover the secrets of the universe or have a good cry feast but to me it is the best kind of contemporary. It's a fairytale of sorts where you know there is not chance of it not ending in some kind of happily ever after and it was everything I wanted it to be and more. Characters I could love and root for, travel and adventure and family and love notes in the form of postcards, and I just completely loved it.
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I picked some fun songs but also some songs of longing.
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