Book Review: The Geography of You and Me

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“How long could a single night really be expected to last? How far could you stretch such a small collection of minutes? He was just a boy on a roof. She was just a girl in an elevator.” 

When I received an ARC of The Geography of You and Me last month to review, I was ecstatic! Having read and loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, I was pumped to start reading Jennifer E. Smith’s latest creation!

The story focuses on Lucy and Owen, two teens who find their paths colliding when they are stuck in an elevator together during a city wide black out in New York. After being rescued, the two spend a magical night together, wandering the darkened streets, gazing at the stars, and falling asleep on an apartment roof. Unfortunately, reality soon sets in, as Lucy and Owen are torn apart as quickly as they were brought together. With Lucy moving to Edinburgh and Owen travelling out West with his father, the two decide to stay in touch through postcards and emails. The result is a charming love story that spans across the globe.

One of the things that I appreciated the most about The Geography of You and Me was the realistic portrayal of long-distance relationships. Rather than having Lucy and Owen fall head over heels in love with each other after only 24 hours, the two instead part as friends (well…infatuated friends) and promise to stay in touch. Like most people in long-distance relationships, Lucy and Owen’s correspondence starts out strong, but quickly peters off as they begin to settle into their new homes. Rather than being a smooth journey towards love, Lucy and Owen take a bunch of detours along the way. I really enjoyed the fact that the two of them moved on with their lives, and loved getting to see how they eventually gravitated back towards each other in the end.

Unfortunately, while I enjoyed the realistic portrayal of their relationship, both Lucy and Owen’s characters fell flat for me. There was just something missing in their personalities that prevented me from really connecting to them. While their characters did grow a bit during their time apart, I felt like both Lucy and Owen’s time spent travelling was very stagnant and lifeless.

I was also somewhat disappointed about the travelling aspect of the book. I was hoping to get a better feel for the different places that Lucy and Owen traveled to, but the landscapes of the story failed to come alive for me. Instead, readers are simply given a quick glimpse at the town or city that they are living in before moving on.

Despite some of my disappointment, The Geography of You and Me is still a cute and sweet love story that fans of contemporary YA romance will most likely enjoy. While it failed to “WOW” me, I enjoyed my time spent reading it, and will continue to look forward to the stories that Smith comes up with next.

Rating: 3 Stars

 

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