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

June 4, 2014 Book review 13 ★★★

I liked this one which is good. But I felt a bit under whelmed as I was expecting to fall head over heels in love with it. I have heard nothing but rave reviews about this author and I had built my expectations up far too high.

Book Review : The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. SmithThe Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Headline Book Publishing on 2014-04-15
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Won
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Lucy lives on the twenty-fourth floor. Owen lives in the basement. It's fitting, then, that they meet in the middle -- stuck between two floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout.

After they're rescued, Lucy and Owen spend the night wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is back, so is reality. Lucy soon moves abroad with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father. The brief time they spend together leaves a mark.

And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and to San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland, Lucy and Owen stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and phone calls. But can they -- despite the odds -- find a way to reunite? Smartly observed and wonderfully romantic, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the centre of the world isn't necessarily a place. Sometimes, it can be a person.

I also have to admit that I read most of the book really quickly but then never read the last chapter! I just lost interest and had an inkling of what way it would all end. I eventually read it and I was right but losing interest in a book so near the end rarely happens me and I feel it shows my lack of interest in the storyline and the outcome. Up to that point though, I have to admit I was really enjoying it but I suddenly felt this is going nowhere and I was over it.

The Highs of The Geography of You and Me:

– What I adored was the settings. The locations were fab from Edinburgh to New York, I loved every single location and they satisfied a little bit of my wanderlust soul.
– The characters were quirky and not in the slightest bit stereotypical.
– I enjoyed the relationships that Lucy and Owen had with their parents. They were developed and explored over the course of the book and were realistically complex.
– Teenage awkwardness is captured so well that I cringed at times. Been there, done that and still have flaming red cheeks when I recall just how awkward I was at times.

The Lows of The Geography of You and Me:

– Insta love. Well maybe not love but insta feels from a one day meeting that somehow manage to sustain through time and distance.
– The predictability. I knew just how it would end and that takes some of the fizzle out of a book for me.
– The book is very character driven which is good but I found the pace of the book suffered as a result. The plot felt thin on the ground to me and ended up with me losing interest.

On the balance:

This was an ok read and if I hadn’t allowed myself be set up the hype monster, I might have enjoyed it more. I’ll definitely be reading more by this author as I enjoyed her quirky characters and I’d like to see what else she can do.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Who should read The Geography of You and Me?

If you like YA contemporary and are looking for a cute read with lots of exciting locations and quirky characters, then maybe give this one a try. If you like plot driven books; stay clear!


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13 Responses to “Book Review : The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith”

  1. Ana @ Read Me Away

    I really loved Jennifer E. Smith’s other book, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, so I’m really excited about this book. I also want to read it because it’s about a long-distance relationship, which really speaks to me, hehe. I’m sorry it didn’t live up to the hype for you. 🙁 Still, I enjoyed reading your review. 😀
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    • trish

      I have TSPOLAFS to read on my kindle so I’m looking forward to reading that sometime soon. Even though I didn’t fall madly in love with this one, it was still cute and quirky so I’m looking forward to more by this author.

  2. Rashika

    Awww I am sorry you didn’t enjoy this more, Trish. I read This Is What Happy Looks Like by the same author and it had a lot of the same characteristics without the falling in love in one day. Falling in love in one day doesn’t usually cut it for me :/ I get very picky :/

    Lovely review, Trish!! 🙂
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    • trish

      Thanks Rashika. I used to not mind insta-love so much but when it started cropping up in all the books, it made me cranky! Still a fun, cute book though.

    • trish

      Thanks Karolina and thank you for visiting me! I’d don’t mind the awkward teens (I’ve been one!) but insta-love, thanks but no thanks 🙂

  3. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    You completely lost interest by the end and just didn’t finish lol. That is rather comical. I don’t think that’s happened to me before – if that did happen I’d skip the last fourth of the book and just read the last two chapters and call it done. I haven’t done that in a while though usually only if I consider a book a DNF.

    Still predictability can really suck. Sometimes an author can do it well when they make it not about what HAPPENS but what happens and the experiences of getting there. But its hard to pull off. Glad this one isn’t appealing to me =)
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    • trish

      I’m having a lovely relaxing (but productive weekend) Lexie! I’m glad you enjoyed this one more than I did. I did think there were lots of pluses but it just didn’t hold my attention enough. I know I’m in the minority with this opinion though.

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