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

Title: The Geography of You and Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Format: ARC, 352 pages
Publication: April 10, 2014
Publisher: Headline
Source: Pinoy Book Tours

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.

Why this book?
I signed up to review this book for two reasons: 1) I've always wanted to read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (still in my TBR pile), 2) Aqua Blue is my favorite color. The book's cover sat well with things I own because it belonged to the same hue. AQUA BLUE!!!

The Plot
The blurb pretty much summarized what happens between the two leads, my only problem is that I don't read blurbs all the time so in case you operate like myself, the story is about two teenagers, Lucy and Owen who struggle on keeping their relationship afloat despite geographical differences.

Who were the main characters?
Lucy is a New Yorker since God knows when. She lives in a building at the heart of NYC where she meets Owen, the son of their building's new super, a very mysterious and distant boy.

Favorite character?
If you have been reading my reviews, you'll know by now that my heart belongs to the underdog and this time, it's Liam. Oh what a lovely, lovely boy! I shall stop here. Just ask me after you've read the book. Let's spazz together!

What did you like most about the book?
I just like the way this book touches the heart in more ways than one. It must be the lines uttered by the protagonists, the quotable sentences, the traveling, even the postcards! While reading this book I listed too many questions, I can't answer myself:
1) How long does it take for someone to fall in love?
2) How funny is it that one day can decide for the rest of your tomorrow?
3) How can one moment change everything, even your goals?
4) Do you really have to be together (geographically) for love to flourish?
- I shall answer these questions in a different post. 

What did you like least?
I feel bad for Liam and Paisley. I realized that in beautiful love stories such as this, pain will always be inflicted upon other people, one way or the other. :( And in life, I think, I'm always the Liam and Paisley. :(

What did you think of the writing style? 
Jennifer E. Smith writes so beautifully that you can quote from each and every sentence. 

If you could change something, what would it be? 
I'd be honest, I don't ship Owen and Lucy. I don't know why. I'd rather that they don't end up together (and no, that's not a spoiler just because)

What did you think of the ending?
I can't think of a right word but fan service. Or maybe, just maybe, I never did equate their age in my own equation of the book. Biena, they are 17!!! Think like a 17 year old and you'll love the ending!
Some thoughts (More like, too many thoughts actually.)

* I have too many thoughts running in my mind while reading this book. But by and large, I can conclude that The Geography of Me and You (a book with 51-freakin-pages - yes, it shocked me as well!) is a portal that will bring you back to how bittersweet first love can be.

** I posted my questions above, this book on the other hand has these to ask as well:
1) How long could a single night really be expected to last?
2) How far could you stretch such a small collection of minutes?

*** Lucy is a bookworm (like us!) and while traveling, she likes to read books that are related to the place she's in. Catcher in Rye (her favorite book) in New York, Trainspotting in Edinburgh, Metamorphosis in Prague, Julius Caesar in Rome and The Little Prince in Paris.

Favorite Quotes

“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.”

“Not everything can last. Not everything is supposed to mean something.”

“You can't know the answer until you ask the question.”

“There's a difference between loneliness and solitude.”

“There are so many ways to be alone here, even when you're surrounded by this many people.”


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