Monday, April 27, 2015

Book Review: "The Geography of You and Me" by Jennifer E. Smith

On one of the hottest days of the year, and the power goes out in all of Manhattan.  In just so happens that Lucy is stuck in the elevator at this moment.  She is stuck with only one other person - Owen, the son of the new building superintendent.  They are soon rescued but as they are both on their own, they decide to ride out the blackout together.  The hours they spend together end up being far more important to each of them than they realize.  Even so, it may all be for nothing.  Lucy's family suddenly decides to move overseas, and Owen and his father leave New York for points unknown (but probably on the west coast).  They try to keep in touch through postcards and email...  but does distance doom this relationship before it even has a chance?

This is slightly different from the usual YA cute romance stories.  First of all, these two characters hardly spend any time with each other at all.  The story is told in alternating points of view, but not in first person.  And the timeline is completely two steps forward, one step back with jumps forward in time and then past tense back to the last bit.  None of this is bad, mind you.  Its just a little different - which I really appreciated.  I was looking for a light romance, and I really enjoyed how the writing in this made it a little more than "just another fluffy read".

The Geography of You and Me
by Jennifer E. Smith
Poppy, 2014
337 pages
Source:  Purchased New

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