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

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Blogger Shame Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. SmithThe Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Poppy on April 15th 2014
Pages: 337
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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.

Reading Challenges: Blogger Shame, Mt. TBR

 

Ok, I read this as a Blogger Shame book. And the reason why is because it has been on my Netgalley to read list for a while. The archive date says August 2016 so at least a year! Yes, I’m hanging my head. BUT that’s why I am doing this in 2018! To read and get these older titles off of my TBR! YAY!

I did start reading it before. I got to around 20% and set it down. I’m not even sure why, although I think I know, which I’ll get into a minute. I was surprised just how easy the book was to read and I enjoyed the plot, mostly.

What I did not like. Actually, what I completely hate, is the NO PARENT Trope. Ugh. How does a teenager, even a 17 year old, have no parents around? If their parents are dead, I get it. That sounds extremely harsh, but it’s the truth. Parents should be in the picture somewhere.

In this book, they are in the picture, but they are in Europe. Which is exactly why during a Blackout in New York, she was alone. It does set up the premise for her to meet Owen, but seriously? Couldn’t they have long work hours instead? Funnily, it didn’t start bothering me until she got into why they weren’t there. Apparently they went on vacations quite a bit throughout their children’s lives. It does work up to a portion of the plot where they go to Europe, but it was still very weird. I just had to go with it, or I would find myself in the same situation of not finishing the book, super early.

Once I got over the hatred of the trope, I was able to enjoy the relationship as they went back and forth. As the book’s title hints at and the synopsis explains, the entire story is about navigating the long distance relationship. This portion I loved. In the beginning of the story not only does the reader not know much about the characters, but the characters do not know much about each other. It takes the entirety of the book for them to get to know each other. Many ups and downs, and the pressures of not living close.

I cannot say anything more about the plot because anything I say is going to give everything away. But, I will say that I enjoyed the writing enough that I want to look up the author. It was a fun read. I just had to get over my issues.

The ride is worth it even if no parents is a trope you do not enjoy reading about. They are around a little less than half way in!

 

Rating Report
Plot
4 / 5
Character Development
4 / 5
Writing Style
4 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 4.2 / 5

 

 

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of eight books for young adults, including WINDFALL and THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. She earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her writing has been translated into 33 languages.

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