20 December, 2015

The geography of you and me by Jennifer E. Smith

I am a firm believer in not judging books by their covers but by their content. However, there are some books whose covers just tend to grab at your shirt-collars and steer you towards them! This lovely book had that effect on me a short while ago.

Told in two distinct narratives, The Geography of You and Me, is the love story of Lucy and Owen. Lucy lives on the twenty-fourth floor of a New York City apartment building. Owen lives in the basement. They meet for the first time right in the middle, stuck on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they are rescued, Lucy and Owen spend the night wandering the darkened streets and marvelling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. Reality hits once the power is restored and the teens move forward with their lives. Lucy ends up moving abroad with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father. The brief time they spent together leaves a significant impression on both teenagers. From this point Lucy’s story takes her from one end of Europe to another while Owen moves across America in the opposite direction. Despite the ocean between them, they find a way to keep in touch through old-fashioned postcards and an occasional email.

What drew me in wasn’t just the simple love story, but the magical way Jennifer E. Smith describes the many locations the teens travel to. Her simple use of language describing this tender and moving story is honest, with witty and often funny dialogue.

If you, like me, enjoy reading simple love stories like these, then this is definitely the story for you.


Title: The geography of you and me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Recommended by Surani R, Waitakere Central Library, Henderson.

Surani R enjoys reading biographies, travelogues, some non-fiction, and loves fiction that makes you laugh out loud. She also finds comfort in children’s fiction with thought-provoking stories.


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