The Geography of You and Me | Review

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Title: The Geography of You and Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Genre: Romance
Age Group: YA
Source: Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3
“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.”

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My Review

I really enjoyed Jennifer E. Smith's earlier novel The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I thought it was cute, well written, and I enjoyed the characters. Smith inventively stretched out 24 hours into nearly 300 of pages and captured exactly how it feels to be young and traveling. Therefore, I was excited to pick up another of Smith's novels.

The Geography of You and Me tries to capture the magic of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, but never quite achieves it. Similar premise: two people trapped together for a few hours and sparks fly. Lucy and Owen enjoy a magical and cliché night in NYC filled with a rooftop, stars, and ice cream. Afterwards, the pair kept missing each other until one moves to Scotland and the other on a roundtrip to the U.S. West Coast. However, both decide to send post cards to each other wishing they were here, there, everywhere. Do not get me wrong, I love post cards, but these are two teenagers in 2014, I highly doubt they'd send post cards to each other (but it’s cute and adorable so it's okay). My issue here is that Smith did not set up their relationship enough before she separated the two. Instead, we are supposed to believe in love at first sight and root for Owen and Lucy to get back together - enough though they were never together in the first place.

Another gripe was all of the numerous settings, San Francisco, New York City, Edinburgh, and London, to name a few felt like Smith had never been to any of them before. She would mention landmarks here and there and tried to pass that off as creating a place.

I did, however, enjoy the characters: Lucy is a loner bookworm, who is afraid to tell her parents that she wants them to want to be a part of her life. Owen, is trying to move on from a recent death that has left his family to wander trying to find somewhere that feels like home again.

Words To Live By

"But it was different, somehow, to be reading it here, where the actual events had taken place all those hundreds of thousands of years ago. That was the thing about books, she was realizing; they could take you somewhere else entirely, it was true. But it wasn't the same thing as actually going there yourself."


Generally, I left the book feeling nothing. If you are looking for a good contemporary romance or a travel story look elsewhere.
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As an INFJ Tisha doesn’t like she obsesses. Luckily, she has television, film, and books to keep her busy. Although YA is her favorite, she loves all types of books especially historical fiction. This resident Gryffindor also enjoys traveling and seeing where her wanderlusting nature will take her. Twitter


  1. I thought this book had so much potential, but I tagged it as DNF'ED, it lost the plot for me <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. I think it ate the rest of my comment lol. I didn't actually finish it, it just too boring, which is a shame because the premise was amazing. I really liked the characters as well especially Lucy. Great review overall!

    2. Thanks! Agreed, I wanted to like the book so much.


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