Monday 21 April 2014

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

Title: The Geography of You and Me.
Author: Jennifer E. Smith.
Publisher: Headline.
Genre: Young Adult.
Release Date: April 15, 2014.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK ; Amazon

Owen lives in the basement. Lucy lives on the 24th floor. But when the power goes out in the midst of a New York heatwave, they find themselves together for the first time: stuck in a lift between the 10th and 11th floors. As they await help, they start talking...

The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland they can't shake the memory of the time they shared. Postcards cross the globe when they themselves can't, as Owen and Lucy experience the joy - and pain - of first love.

And as they make their separate journeys in search of home, they discover that sometimes it is a person rather than a place that anchors you most in the world.


I loved this book and every single thing about it. From the characters to the settings, the postcards and all the small, simple touches the author added to this romance, The Geography of You and Me was truly beautiful.

Jennifer E. Smith’s writing was wonderful and a rare treat to read. I loved all the little things like the meaningful parts this book was split into and how the length of the chapters were used to show the change in Owen and Lucy’s thoughts and feelings. The pacing was brilliant and the author really drew me into their stories.

Also, the postcards were such a fabulous concept. Every brief contact they had in each city they were currently in had meaning, although it has kind of left me wishing I got sent some cute postcards…

I really liked how this book stood out from a lot of other romances too – Lucy and Owen didn’t need to spend every waking moment together and they managed to live independent lives when they weren’t together. The Geography of You and Me was sweet and romantic without being forced and overdone.

Both of the main characters’ stories were moving and poignant too and I think my favourite relationship in this book might actually have been the one between Owen and his dad, trying to take control of their lives after the death of Owen’s mum. At times it brought a tear to my eye and I loved how supportive they were of each other and how they bonded – it was heart-warming to read.

The Geography of You and Me is one of those books I won’t forget – the flow and the pacing was effortless and the story was amazingly easy to fall for. I realised once I’d finished the book that I had spent the whole time with a big smile on my face and what’s better than that?

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