This is my first Jennifer E. Smith read! (I know she’s written quite a few books.) It was sweet but…unimpressive?
Thanks Hachette Australia for the e-ARC from NetGalley! The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith hits shelves on 15th of April, 2014.
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.
Jennifer E. Smith is the author of This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her work has been translated into twenty-nine languages.
I like contemporaries, I really do! But I like books that have a point…you know, besides One True Love. Yes I’m the Grinch of Happily Ever After. But the only thing I really felt was accomplished in The Geography of You and Me was a love story. And travel. Lots of travel.
I’m asking for a little bit more than that.
The writing was good, but it did get fluffy at times. Lots of description…loooots of telling. They went here. They did this. They thought that. Yawn. What about the action? What about the dialogue?! I love contemporaries and their dialogue, but this was pretty lacking in the awesome banter section. Why? Because THEY WERE NEVER TOGETHER.
And the geography of the thing — the geography of them — was completely and hopelessly wrong. (THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME)
That saying, I do love travel stories. Who doesn’t?! I liked getting sneak peeks into England and Scotland. It starts off in New York, and the description was so vivid I basically felt like I was in New York. Very cool. But it also starts off with a nation-wide blackout.
Is it just me or…? City without power + teenagers alone = ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE.
I knew it wasn’t going in that direction, but still, peoples, stay out of the streets. It’s probably a virus.
So why the low rating? I loved lots of stuff in this book, yes, but…frankly I was bored. NOTHING HAPPENED. Normally I’d shelve this as 2-stars, except I enjoyed the first 30% quite a lot. The rest? I mean, come on! It’s called the GEOGRAPHY of you and me. Someone’s going to get together and start kissing. The only conflict was the oceans in between our two desperate lovers.
Well, maybe not “desperate lovers”. Lucy and Owen were kind of in-denial-lovers. But I understand that. They were only together 24 hours. What was the attraction again? Just…I love you? Nothing else? Common hobbies, or sizzling conversations, or maybe…oh good gosh. Forget it.
This is a romance with lots of countries in it. That’s about it.
Cait spent a ridiculous amount of time making the banner for this post. And she’s SO STINKIN’ PROUD OF IT. The blues match and everything! Woot. Go PicMonkey skills. On an unrelated topic, she’s very exciting to Mime is on school holidays. She has delicious and evil things planned. Currently she’s reading CROWN OF MIDNIGHT.