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

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

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Have you ever been on an elevator and worry it will get stuck? That is what happens to Lucy and Owen in Jennifer E. Smith’s The Geography of You and Me. I’ve read two other books of Smith’s, and this one was probably my least favorite of the three. I still enjoyed it, but it just was not as good as the other two I’ve read (Windfall and This Is What Happy Looks Like).

Lucy and Owen meet when their elevator gets stuck in a Manhattan apartment building during a blackout. Lucy lives on the 24th floor, while Owen lives in the basement apartment with his dad, the new building manager. The elevator is only stuck for maybe a half hour, but there is already a spark between the two of them. They spend the rest of the afternoon together and end up spending the night on the top of the roof. Shortly after that night, Lucy moves to Edinburgh with her parents, and Owen and his dad take off on a road trip to the West Coast. But before they each move, they kiss and exchange addresses so they can send each other postcards. Snail mail for the win.

As Lucy gets used to life in Edinburgh, she starts dating Liam, but cannot stop thinking about Owen. Owen and his dad spend a couple of months in Tahoe, where he starts dating Paisley, but still sends Lucy postcards and reminisces about that night. Owen and his dad move to San Francisco after Tahoe does not work out. Lucy visits San Francisco for a family wedding, and she and Owen meet up for dinner. It is awkward at first, but they quickly start reconnecting. But it turns uncomfortable when they both lean into kiss, but before they do, Lucy pulls back and Owen seems relieved she does. Lucy mentions she has a boyfriend, and Owen says he has a complicated relationship with a girl in Tahoe. They lash out at each other and leave unhappily because they are both hurt that they had lost touch, yet still have feelings for one another. After several months, they reconnect with a postcard, but will they ever get back to those same feelings from that first night?

The Geography of You and Me was a cute YA novel, but just did not live up to the two other Jennifer E. Smith novels I had read. It is a sweet story and does make me want to write postcards or letters more. I give it 4 stars.

Let me know what other cute YA novels you recommend.

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