The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E Smith
|The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E Smith|
|Reviewer: Loralei Haylock|
|Summary: A simple, sweet and hugely enjoyable love story that's perfect for a bit of holiday reading. Highly recommended.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 352||Date: April 2014|
|External links: Author's website|
Lucy has lived in the same building in New York for all of her sixteen years. Owen's just moved in to the basement apartment, son of the building's new super. They've seen each other around, but they've never actually met. When a city-wide blackout hits New York, Lucy and Owen happen to be stuck in the same elevator. As they get talking, they make an unlikely connection that will travel with them around America and across continents. But how can you pursue first love when the geography is always against you?
If you're looking for a perfect bit of holiday reading, look no further. Light hearted, lovely romance doesn't come much better than this.
The journey of Lucy and Owen towards each other is at times wonderful, at times heartbreaking and always utterly real. I imagine almost everyone out there who ever had a teenage romance will relate to their struggle to articulate exactly what it is they feel - the feelings of stupidity, of being hung up on someone you've barely spoken to; the irresistible pull another human being can have on you, and the joy and terror of discovering that for the first time. All the conflicting and confusing emotions are worked through here, while Lucy and Owen also work through some family issues and questions about their futures.
The story is simple - there are no great plot twists or surprises here - but the gradual build up of the relationship, and knowledge of the inevitable reunion, keep the pages turning quickly. I was completely taken in by the anticipation and read the book almost in one sitting.
Overall, a wonderfully romantic love story. Younger readers will identify with the characters, older readers will be taken back to those days - both groups, I think, will equally enjoy it. Highly recommended.
For more great romances, check out Bookbag's Top Ten Love Stories For Teenagers. We also have a review of Smith's The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.
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