The Geography of You and Me, Review

7 Dec

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Plot: The novel opens with two very different New York City teens being stuck in their building’s elevator during a city-wide blackout. Lucy, a privileged teen whose parents are traveling in Europe, and Owen, the working class son of the building’s maintenance man, have seemingly little in common, yet circumstances bring them together for one night in dark New York. Both Lucy and Owen’s situations change shortly after the blackout, taking them both geographically away from New York City. However, they both think back to their night together fondly, and they manage to keep in touch with each other despite the distance. Eventually, they are able to meet up, but they feel as if they lost the connection they once had. However, they continue to think of each other, and eventually make their way back to New York, and each other. This was a sweet and pleasant romance to read. Both Lucy and Owen are flawed but likable characters. Their family situations, although vastly different, are both difficult, and the reader wants to see both of them end up with some happiness. Their romance was so genuine and true, and despite the feeling of “destiny” bringing them together, it doesn’t come across as cliché. Both Owen and Lucy have other romances, and it takes quite a bit of time (and geographical space) before they are able to truly come to terms with
their own romance.

Would you recommend this book? Yes. I would also like to read more of Smith’s novels. Her characters were well developed and realistic, and her plot elements were sweet but not saccharine.

4 stars

–Lisa

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