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

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Geography of You and Me’ by Jennifer E. SmithThe Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on April 15th, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 337
Format: ARC
Source: requested from publisher
one-star
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.

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review

The premise of this story was so adorable. Meeting in an elevator and getting stuck during the black-out would be pretty darn romantic right? Well I’m sad to say that I really disliked this one. I really enjoyed the fact that it was from a dual perspective so we can get a fully formed reading experience, but even that didn’t give me any reason to keep going. I even stopped reading it all together at one point because I was so bored. After the beginning, the book just went downhill for me.

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Each and every single chapter, I thought there was going to be more of something. What kept me pushing to read this was just to see if the characters end up together in the end. I felt so let down. I didn’t connect or feel emotions from the characters. I didn’t see the moment they fell in love. The entire relationship felt too glossed over and them getting to know each other in my eyes was non-existent. Maybe if the style of the book was written from their letters and postcards, it would have given me an insiders look at their budding relationship. This book was pretty much how a long distance relationship worked between two very different people. One who wants to be plugged in and constantly emails, while the other has no means of communication and just contacts when they feel like it. I was so thoroughly bored and even the wonderful romps around Europe didn’t please my reading palette. Nothing really happened, and it was literally a book about every day life between these two characters who liked each other and will have promise of something more. The ending was obviously a great one, but I didn’t even see how they liked each other in the first place.

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I hope you have a better chance with this book than I did. I couldn’t see the cute love story and probably missed it, but I’m saying no to this one.

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reading progress

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quotes

There’s a difference between loneliness and solitude. (45)
Who doesn’t like getting a piece of cardboard in the mail? (120)
There was no point in waiting for someone who hadn’t asked, and there was no point in wishing for something that would never happen. (139)
That was the thing about books, she was realizing; they could take you somewhere else entirely, it was true. But it wasn’t the same thing as actually going there yourself. (216)
Everything new arrives on the heels of something old, and every beginning comes at the cost of an ending. (264)
The most basic sort of love: to be worried about the one who was worrying about you. (278)

rating

1/5

one-star

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