The Geography of You And Me - Jennifer E. Smith

20 June 2014

Pages: 352 pages
Edition: ARC
Language: English
Publisher: Little, Brown for Young Readers
Source: Netgalley
Started: 8th of June, 2014
Finished: 9th of June, 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.


You can't imagine how badly I wanted to read this book. And Netgalley was so kind to me to make it free for the first 500 people and I was on time and I got it. And it was just how I imagined this book to be. Fluffy. Adorable. Swoony. But also a hint of sadness and depression.

I loved the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and I was sure I would adore this one just as much, and I was right. I really liked it. And I loved the idea of a long distance relationship because I'm in one myself. I would maybe able to relate to it.

In The Geography of You and Me, we follow Owen and Lucy who met in an elevator and spend the night together. The day after it's all over. Lucy moves to Edinburgh and Owen goes to the west of the country together with his father.

First thing I really liked was the sending of the postcards. It's so old-fashioned and cute and it's better than writing text messages and emails. What I did find a little bit weird, is that Owen did not have a smartphone. I mean most 17 year olds own a smartphone and check their email (whether it is only for school or family or whatever) regularly. So I thought that was a little odd, but that's not too bad. I still loved the postcards. I love getting cards and postcards myself.

And I obviously loved the writing. Jennifer E. Smith's writing is great. It's cute and it's fluffy and it's light. It's not hard to read and she rarely uses difficult words that are not understandable for me. Which is great when I am looking for a book that is light and fluffy.

I would highly recommend this novel to people that enjoy reading contemporary novels, like me. It was fluffy, but it was also a bit sad. It was romantic mostly though! It's definitely a novel to be read when you want a cute romantic book instead of a crime or a dystopian. If you have read this book, do let me know what you though.


  1. It definitely was a nice change from all the dystopians. Sometimes it's great to settle into a nice romance and just lose yourself in it.

    I was a bit disappointed with this one though. I liked it, but I just didn't feel as though it was strong as The Statistical Probability. I actually thought the same about This Is What Happy Looks Like. I'm hoping this means ol' Jen isn't a one-hit-wonder for me :(

  2. I really liked this book as well!! I'm looking forward to reading her other books (The Geography is my first from her!) I love the sending of postcards as well. Too cute <3

  3. I loved the postcard thing too! And they were definitely adorable together. Jennifer E. Smith is really good for light and fluffy reads. I love her.