Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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

Oh! Cute! Cute! Cute!. Jennifer E. Smith has done it again with The Geography of You and Me.

Lucy and Owen both live in a high rise apartment building in New York City. Lucy with her parents in a luxury apartment, and Owen with his father in the basement. Owen's father is the superintendent of the building. Lucy and Owen get stuck in the elevator when New York experiences a blackout, and a friendship is born.

Their lives take them very far apart from each other. They both move away, but keep in touch sporadically, mostly via post cards. So the question is, Why do they keep thinking about each other? Is there something there? Is this more than a friendship? How are you supposed to figure that out when you are halfway around the world from each other?

I think what I love most about Smith's books is that they aren't sappy. They aren't overly dramatized. These kids aren't homeless or drug addicts or physically or mentally challenged. They are just somewhat normal kids, living normal lives, and the romance aspect has this slow burn quality that I love.

At the end, you aren't even sure if these two will be together forever, much the way I've felt about all Smith's books. At the end, your are at the beginning of what is a cute, heartwarming romance.

Smith's books all have the same kind of rhythm, but I will read every one she writes. I'm not getting tired of her, like I have some authors whose books all seem too much alike.

If you want a cute, teen romance book that will make you feel good, then read The Geography of You and Me. And if you haven't, you need to read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and This is What Happy Looks Like. Then you need to make sure you keep track of when Smith's next one is being released! My students will eat this one up, just like they have the other two.

Published by Poppy, April 15, 2014
Purchased copy
337 pages

Rating: 5/5

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  1. I really enjoyed this book too! Great review.

  2. I have heard sooo much about these books! I think I'll really love the aspects you mentioned about about the protagonists being normal and ending with a beginning.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Guess I'd better snap this one up for my library. I liked the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, so I am sure that I would like this one, too. I'll look for it.


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