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Welcome on my stop of The Geography of You and Me blog tour hosted by Pinoy Book Tours! Check out Jennifer E. Smith's new YA contemporary romance novel
and my thoughts about it!
The Geography of You and Me
by Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Published April 10th 2014 by Headline
Source: Tour host (Pinoy Book Tours)
For fans of John Green, Stephanie Perkins and Sarah Ockler, THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME is a story for anyone who's ever longed to meet someone special, for anyone who's searched for home and found it where they least expected it.
Owen lives in the basement. Lucy lives on the 24th floor. But when the power goes out in the midst of a New York heatwave, they find themselves together for the first time: stuck in a lift between the 10th and 11th floors. As they await help, they start talking...
The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland they can't shake the memory of the time they shared. Postcards cross the globe when they themselves can't, as Owen and Lucy experience the joy - and pain - of first love.
And as they make their separate journeys in search of home, they discover that sometimes it is a person rather than a place that anchors you most in the world.
*Review based on ARC (advanced reading copy). There might be some changes on finished copies.
Jennifer E. Smith is back again with another YA contemporary romance, The Geography of You and Me. The Geography is about two teenagers who met in the elevator. While they were stuck in it. And while stuck in it, they shared a moment none of them thought of having--they don't even acknowledge each other before the incident--and this moment made a mark on their lives.
I haven't read other books from Jennifer--except The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight--but she brought her style in writing from what I read in The Statistical. It was poetical and I liked it. Although I also noticed that her style was more on telling random stories (about the characters' lives) and less dialogue and action. At first it was okay for me but then I got into the middle and it was still like that. I kinda feel bored at that time and a little distant from the main characters, not to mention it was told in third perspective. But I knew there's something more in this book so I continued reading and chose to find the hidden gem instead.
Although I was kind of hesitant with the distance Owen and Lucy have--they've been into different countries with just postcards (which I really liked and enjoyed. I think it's really cute and heart-warming) as their connection--and all the things that happened and did not happened while they're in different sides of the world, their undeniable connection remained and even became more powerful. It was kinda sad that most of the book was spent in missing each other and not doing the right thing. It reminds me of Gayle Forman's Just One Day. But I am also thankful that I finished the book because the ending gave me something that I want and despite that I want more than it left off, I have a certain belief that Owen and Lucy got married in the end and travelling the world together instead.
The Geography of You and Me is a proof of the saying "Distance makes the heart grow fonder". I really liked the story, though it rather looked like a short love story and edited to make it longer, it made me feel happy and warm and swoony inside. Anyone can read and enjoy this especially to hopeless romantics like me and fans of Gayle Forman and Rainbow Rowell. Just bring more patience with you before reading. ;)
*Thank you so much Pinoy Book Tours for this opportunity and lending the book for review!