Thursday, December 4, 2014

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?

Smartly observed and wonderfully romantic, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. Sometimes, it can be a person.

Hardcover, 337 pages

Published April 15th 2014 by Poppy 
(ebook provided by publisher via netgalley)
***1/2

This is my first book by this author, it is YA which is a genre I enjoy.  When I started this review I struggled with the right words to describe this book.  I always came back with the same one, cute.  It was cute, this was a quiet, calm, cute book.  That's not a bad thing.  The plot was somewhat unique but also a tad predictable.  The characters, Lucy and Owen were well developed.  I was able to get inside their heads and learn what made them tick.  They are different, Owen still struggling with the dead of a loved one, while Lucy doesn't see a lot of her family.  

It's the big black out on the east coast that starts this book and puts Owen and Lucy together for the first time.  A relatively quick read that kept my attention.  A good beach book or one to read while curled up under a quilt in front of the fireplace (yup it's that time of the year.)

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