Title: The Geography of You and Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Little Brown and Co.
Rating: 5 Stars
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. -Goodreads
The Geography of You and Me is one part guided world tour, teenaged Meg Ryan movie, one part "I can't believe that just happened", and altogether AMAZING!!!
In a world seemingly built on the "60 second hook-up" and a city known to "move at the speed of light"; Lucy and Owen manage to lose time and find each other.
As is true in life however, and as they all too soon come to learn...time and life wait for no one.
Lucy is destined for Scotland, Owen for the West-coast of the U.S.
Can delicate bonds forged on the night when "the city that never sleeps" dozed off , hold these two hearts together even as time and distance conspire to pull them apart?
Jennifer E. Smith has done it again. Her vibrant, honest, and heartfelt writing style brings characters to life with an easy realism that seems effortlessly conveyed.
The story of Lucy and Owen is one that could, and most likely has happened to readers in some capacity. This real-life scenario is one that produces an almost instant connection between reader and audience.
Owen and Lucy are both good people trying to deal with very imperfect lives as best they can. The bright spot that their budding romance seems to cast on the rather dreary landscape of their lives, is one that readers are loathed to see snuffed. It is because of this, that one spends the majority of the read praying for that next email, postcard, etc.
The Geography of You and Me is about so much more than a journey of miles. It is about life and the twists, turns, hills, and valleys that make up its scenery. It is about moments, and how those moments come to shape who we are. It is about choice and how we choose what and who is important to our existence. It is about love...and the lengths we will go to follow our hearts.