The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
"He was like one of her novels, still unfinished and best understood in the right place and at the right time.."
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.
The thing that made me interested in this book, Jennifer E. Smith's The Geography of You and Me is the cute premise of having two people stuck together in a broken elevator. The female heroine, Lucy, is a loner who is almost always left alone by her parents in their New York penthouse, while they travel all around the globe and her brothers are off to college. The male lead, Owen, finds himself in the big city when his dad decided to leave their house when his mother died. Though they live in the same apartment building, their paths didn't cross until that day when they were both stuck in an elevator, one night when New York was shrouded in darkness.
They became friends and seemingly became attracted to one another. However, reality makes things impossible to start a relationship when they both have to move away from New York - in opposite directions. They start communicating through post cards, all the while thinking of that fateful night where they first met.
The story is told in third person, alternating for Owen and Lucy which works for the story as the distance between the two characters get bigger. I wished it was written in first person instead (like Flipped) so that I could feel closer to the characters and know more what's going on inside their minds.
The story is set in different places - it started in New York where Lucy and Owen first met. Lucy then takes us all around Europe. I love that she visits most of my favorite places, but Lucy's conflict wasn't too deep so I wasn't into her story. I liked Owen's journey with his dad. The author did a great job with Owen's arc.
However, I couldn't say the same for the rest of the story. I didn't feel much connection to their love story, probably because the two main characters were separated most of the time (save for one awkward meeting after the distance) and depended too much on their connection from that one night in New York. Though the postcard conversations were cute at first, it just wasn't enough.
Even so, Jennifer Smith's The Geography of You and Me was a light, fluffy read. This might have not gotten me to love her (yet!) but I'll read and review The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight next to see if it's something I would like!
Book Title: The Geography of You and Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Rating: ♨♨♨ 3 cups!