[eARC Review] The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Friday, April 18, 2014

Title: The Geography of You and Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Release Date: April 15th 2014
Publisher: Poppy
Source: eARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

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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.

I read my first Jennifer E. Smith book last year and I loved it because the romance was flirty and fun, and the writing was very much in the same boat as the romance. I loved that the overall story was not too serious and that I could smile through the entire book. So when I saw that she was writing another book I knew I wanted to read it. Sadly the more I read into this book the more I didn't like it.

When I write review, especially negative ones I do not like to trash a book, I do not think its right in terms of being a professional Blogger. I know how much time and effort goes into a book in every aspect from the author to the publisher and I will never bash a book. but that being said, I do have the right to dislike a book and explain why.

That being said, I will start off by highlighting what I did like about the book. I really enjoyed the voice in this book. I loved that it was told in two POVs, one male and one female that way we get more than one perspective on the same story. I also liked that is was different than many other YA novels out there because the main characters spend most of the time apart from each other. That was very refreshing for me. But sadly that is where my likes end.

I wanted so much more than what I got, I wanted these characters to have more chemistry, to have a better relationship, I wanted to have more details. The whole concept of this story was that these characters meet on an elevator when the city of New York is under a blackout. Then they move away from each other and say they will keep in touch. One my email and the other by postcard. But we never really saw any correspondence. They hardly talked and when they did it only said "wish you were here." I wanted way more than that to believe that these teenagers actually started to like each other.

I very mush disliked the secondary characters, they did not seems to move the plot forward at all, they each found new loves, but for some reason I could care less about them, they had no impact on the story itself. I felt like they were there to just show that the characters moved on, I never really believed in these characters. And to be honest I wanted more of a traditional love story. I kept waiting and waiting for these characters to get together and every time I was disappointed.

Overall I wanted way more than I got from this book. I was hoping for something more traditional in the love department, but I will say that this book has not deterred me from reading more from Jennifer E. Smith, she will always be my go to author for great flirty romances.

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  1. It's too bad you didn't like it as much; this was definitely not conventional in a romantic sense. I do feel a little shortchanged, though.