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

Following the first book review I put on this blog, I thought I would attempt another!

Second up is… The Geography of Me and You by Jennifer E.Smith!

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I wouldn’t have bought this book initially, but I received it as a gift from a friend and thought I would give it a go and it did not disappoint!

Blurb:

Owen and Lucy are stuck in a lift. As they await help, they start talking…

Though brief, the time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland they can’t shake the memory of the time they shared. Postcards cross the globe when they themselves can’t, as Owen and Lucy experience they joy – and pain – of first love.

As each makes their separate journey in search of home, they will discover that sometimes it is a person rather than a place that anchors you most in the world.

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Review

This is the first book that I’ve read by Jennifer E.Smith and is unlikely to be the last as long as I remember to add some of her other novels to a reading list. It was unlike a classic romance novel, as she sketches these characters inventively, and is creative in the way she portrays them. I think I enjoyed this because it wasn’t completely definitive to where they would end up in the future and she kept the reader engaged.

The story began in a lift in a New York City apartment block and it stops as there is a city-wide blackout, so Lucy and Owen meet for the first time. Owen had just moved into the basement, as his dad is now the building’s new handyman. He feels so out of place in NYC from the start, so being stuck in this lift wasn’t exactly what he wanted or expected. That night once it finally gets sorted, the subways are down, the shops have free ice cream and go to the rooftop to look at how different the city looks without lights. Soon after this, they both move away, Lucy to Edinburgh and Owen to the Northwest coast of America in search of a job for his dad, so they began to communicate through the occasional email, but more often, through postcards saying things like “Wish you were here”. I think this just shows how a relationship could work if two people are willing to try, even if they are on the other side of the globe. Despite them moving further and further away, their connection was strengthening and becoming even closer than when they were together in the lift and on that night. However, something that I was a bit surprised though was how Lucy’s mum suddenly realised what was going on from being completely clueless about the contact etc.

The main characters in this fiction book, Owen and Lucy, were likeable and it’s a story where you want to see where these characters end up. Plus, the vivid descriptions of the cities that they visited were enjoyable and it makes you want to visit them yourself. Admittedly, there could have been more action, rather than telling, but because of the type of story it was, I felt how it was written still worked well. The idea of sending each other postcards as they moved to different places I liked and I think it would be magical if more people did this in everyday life (maybe I’m just traditional and vintage). I know it’s just a book, but it shows that two people can sustain a bond through a task so small.

It was a book I read fairly swiftly and was a relaxing read. If you like this genre of young adult books, then I would say it’s worth a shot at reading it and seeing what you think.

Have you read The Geography of Me and You? Would you mind being stuck in a lift? Or what about the idea of sending postcards? Let me know your thoughts 🙂

Until next time,

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9 thoughts on “Book Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E.Smith

  1. I love YA books, I think they address things in a really accessible way. This story sounds intriguing too – I’m totally with you on the idea of sending postcards, I think putting pen to paper is so important and something that we often miss out on in today’s digital world. I pen pal with another blogger I met on Twitter and love exchanging our news in this way. Yes, it’s sometimes out of date, but that doesn’t matter. There’s just something so lovely about writing and receiving handwritten mail – sorry for the ramble, I’m glad you enjoyed your book, look forward to your next review! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

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  2. I’m such a hopeless romantic and a sucker for love stories so this sounds like it’s going to be my type of book! I wish people sent postcards and letters more often too, so I totally get what you mean. It’s just so romanticised and sentimental to get a handwritten letter in the mail as opposed to a quickly typed email (although it’s always the thought that counts.)

    Lovely review!

    Angela
    https://loveangela.blog

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  3. This sounds like such a lovely, gentle kind of book. I really like the idea that there are some bonds that can be strengthened just by intimacy, regardless of physical distance. I really enjoy getting letters/cards/postcards cause it’s such a personal and thoughtful touch, so this sounds like a book I’d really enjoy. (Also cause I’m from Edinburgh and always love books set here haha!)
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

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