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



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?

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and This is What Happy Looks Like. If you haven’t read either of those books then what the heck are you waiting for?

You can’t imagine the ridiculous kind of excitement that rattled through me the other day when I saw that Jennifer E. Smith had ANOTHER book out! I didn’t even realise it was close. Needless to say, I was pretty damn confident I was going to love it.

And I did… kind of.

I don’t know if it was my expectations – because trust me, they were high – but it felt like The Geography of You and Me was missing something.

It had its cute moments and lots of them. Lucy and Owen’s get-to-know-each-other stage was brief and covered all the bits and pieces used to keep in touch even when they were suddenly torn away NYC.

And I think that’s the problem. It was so brief that when Lucy and Owen ended up on other sides of the world, in completely new relationships, I couldn’t quite buy-in to them pining foreach other. They left a lot of things unsaid but I don’t think it really warranted the kind of obsession they had going on. I could have understood a curious ‘what if’ situation, but when it got to the stage that neither of them could invest in their (sudden) new partners it was a little drawn out.

That said, it is quick read. And if you love Smith’s other titles you’ll like this one. It has cute in all the right places and during their time apart there is still enough going on to keep it interesting. Definitely recommend if you’re after a light, happy read.

3.5 stars

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