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 the 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.
The Geography of You and Me was all about the two strangers who got stranded inside an elevator in New York City apartment building during a city-wide blackout. Lucy stays on the twenty-fourth floor while Owen stays in the basement. They barely know each other even they both stayed in the same building. After escaping the claustrophobic moment inside the elevator, they were able to discover each other’s life.
The book was perfect. It was simple but the way the author wrote the story makes it elegant and endearing. The story made me believe that no matter how far both of you live or how long you’ve been separated if you are meant to be together, destiny will do the job to make you together again. It is romantic in a sense that as you leave each chapter, you will feel either happy or sad. This book is like a portal that will lead you into the wonderland of reality and imagination, perhaps it will beckon you that the world is not just a place but a dimension of trials, fears, surprises, and longings. I was fascinated geographically on the places featured in this book but what I liked most was how the characters look for loopholes for them to connect. This is about reconnecting the feelings and emotions of the characters and how the way they communicate using postcards and stationery. All in all, this is a great escapade with full of twists and surprises.
My favorite part of the story was when they were stuck in the dark small elevator. I liked it because it was bizarre in a romantic way. They were strangers – who barely know each other – left alone inside the elevator but as the door open, they also open their lives to one another.The idea of the story was like bolt from the blue. You expected the unexpected of life. This is the point of everything like a brain in a human body because of the unanswerable ‘What ifs’. What if one of them did not enter the elevator? What if there was no blackout? What if they were not alone? It’s crazy thinking those questions but the story really prevail fate and destiny over the reality of the world.
I highly recommend this book to those readers who love to travel, wander, and explore the world. This is a perfect entertainment to read while seating inside the bus or airplane. They will be able to differentiate loneliness from solitude. And to those who are fond of watching romantic and chick lit movies, this is a perfect book because it will make you believe that destiny is real no matter how surreal this world is and how hopelessly romantic you are.
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Jennifer E. Smith is the author of Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between, The Geography of You and Me, 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 her master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her writing has been translated into 31 languages.