The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Illustrated by: N/A
Published: Headline, October 2014
Print Length: 352 pages
Narrated By: N/A
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, YA Romance
Where Did I Get It? I was kindly sent a copy of the book by the publisher in return for an honest review.
Blurb: Owen and Lucy are stuck in a lift. As they await help, they start talking…
Though brief, the 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.
As each makes their separate journey in search of home, they will discover that sometimes it is a person rather than a place that anchors you most in the world.
On the first day of September, the world went dark.
My Review: Sometimes you don’t want a book to be all action and excitement, sometimes you want a book to be easy and gentle and just ‘nice’. The Geography Of You And Me falls very firmly into the second category.
The night Lucy and Owen share the experience of the New York blackout it beautiful and charming – a true teenage daydream of summer dresses, star sprinkled skies and somebody to hold your hand when it gets dark.
And so the story continues in the sweet, heart-warming way that teenage first love does – with the two main characters using postcards to stay in touch as their lives take them hundreds of miles away from each other, they discover the difficulty of long-distance relationships, the heart-ache of moving away from friends and the awkwardness of not quite knowing what to say to the person you want to talk to the most.
I really enjoyed the way Lucy and Owen behaved after they each moved away from the other – it was very realistic. The dynamic of teenage relationships was captured really well and I found myself smiling along on more than one occasion.
This is my first Jennifer E. Smith book and I would quite like to look up the rest of her back catalogue – if nothing else, her descriptions of places are stunning. Despite the fact that the book was spread all over the world, each and every stop the characters made was beautifully described and created a solid sense of place, even if they were only there for a day or two. I haven’t visited most of the places in the book so I can’t comment on the accuracy, but I am familiar with Edinburgh and Smith’s depiction took me straight back there.
If you find teenage romances a bit cringey, then you will probably find this book intensely annoying, but if you sometimes want a book to have the adorable happy ending and for the whole thing to be pleasant and easy to read, then you will love it.
My Rating: 4/5*