The Geography of You and Me

The Geography of You and Me. Jennifer E. Smith. Young Adult/Romance. 337 pages. 2014. 2.5 stars. [Source: eBook]

“There was no point in waiting for someone who hadn’t asked, and there was no point in wishing for something that would never happen.”

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.

I had high expectations from this book after reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and loving it completely. Sad to say, the effect did not follow through for this one.

This book had a very promising start. I loved how Owen and Lucy met at a compromising situation and how they bonded over it. After the first 3 or so chapters, it got dragging. I found myself mostly skimming the chapters since most of them are fillers and had no true connection to the plot (or so I thought).

The Geography of You and Me had its hits and misses–mostly misses, actually. I originally gave it 2 stars but then upgraded it to a 2.5 since it did have some cute moments where I was squealing and smiling really big. It also has a handful of quotes!

“The most basic sort of love: to be worried about the one who was worrying about you.”
Jennifer E. Smith, The Geography of You and Me

“Maybe they were never meant to have more than just one night. After all, not everything can last. Not everything is supposed to mean something.”
Jennifer E. Smith, The Geography of You and Me

“When there was nothing but space between you, everything felt like a leap.”
Jennifer E. Smith, The Geography of You and Me
*NOTE: #LundaginMoBebe HEHEHEEH

“It is what it is…” he murmured, letting the words trail off at the end.
“I hate that expression,” Lucy said, a bit more forcefully than intended. “Nothing is what it is. Things are always changing. They can always get better.”
Jennifer E. Smith, The Geography of You and Me

2 Replies to “The Geography of You and Me”

  1. Sorry it didn’t work out for you! I have those moments, too, where if I rated a book on the feeling it gave me, it’d be pretty low, but I upgrade it because I remember some cute or funny things.


  2. I’ve been eyeing this book for months now because of its cover. I’m a bit hesitant to buy though since so many say negative feedback about this 😦


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