The Geography of You and Me
by Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher - Headline
Release Date - April 10th 2014
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Owen lives in the basement. Lucy lives on the 24th floor. But when the power goes out in the midst of a New York heatwave, they find themselves together for the first time: stuck in a lift between the 10th and 11th floors. As they await help, they start talking...
The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland they can't shake the memory of the time they shared. Postcards cross the globe when they themselves can't, as Owen and Lucy experience the joy - and pain - of first love.
And as they make their separate journeys in search of home, they discover that sometimes it is a person rather than a place that anchors you most in the world.
"And the geography of the thing - the geography of them - was completely and hopelessly wrong"
Lucy is your average teenager, getting by school but with a passion for travelling and truly seeing what a place has to offer. So when her parents are constantly traveling due to work, she is left to the space of her own apartment. In the past it was different, she had her brothers, but now they have flown the nest and have gone off to university. Lucy is lonely, she has acquaintances, never friends, she walks the sights of New York by herself, and chats endlessly to the doorman, George. So when she is stuck in this hot elevator with a boy, she has only seen once, that space of half an hour, her life will never be so different.
However, Owen is the same but in his own way. After his mother passed on, his dad and himself sold the house and took a job offer in New York. He kept to himself and saw everything as nothing. He wanted to go 'Somewhere' rather than 'Nowhere'. He wanted to be home... But when he met Lucy, things started to look up and that unnerved him more than ever. Owen and Lucy don't share a long distance relationship but a global love story. From New York to London, from state to state, country to country they would communicate through a postcard, a personal touch that they would only know.
"We are a pair of idiots together."The Geography of You and Me is a very personal read for me and it hit all the right buttons. Jennifer E. Smith has created an original version of a contemporary, through original concepts that are so memorable that people forget the nature of a pen to paper or a pen to postcard. Ever since I was a little girl, my family and my friends would always send me postcards from all over the world, from when they traveled. That tradition for me hasn't changed even now as an adult, I keep all my postcards in a collection. A postcard isn't just a card with a picture, it's a piece of themselves sent a miles away and that's what Jennifer captured in her latest novel.
Overall, what I enjoyed the most is Jennifer's writing, it's addictive, flawless, simple and creates all the right emotions. I connected with the characters easily and was completely captivated by Owen's and Lucy's relationship. I would say that this is one of Jennifer's best contemporaries and I look forward to more of her loving adventures.
Rating - 5