The Geography of You and Me
Jennifer E. Smith
3.5 out of 5 stars
I make no secret of the fact that I love adorable books where teenagers fall in love in exotic locations. I've enjoyed both of Smith's previous books, and this was no exception. This one, however, was less about exotic locations and more about the ways in which a chance encounter can stay with you long after the event itself.
The meet-cute between Lucy and Owen was heavy on the cute - I mean, stuck in an elevator together during a blackout and then deciding to hang out together in the absence of any responsible parents? YES. Their general "I'm lonely and no one cares" bonding? YES. The continuation of their budding friendship through the sending of postcards and emails? YES. The ending? YES.
I had a few problems with Owen, at least one of which was nothing to do with the book itself and more to do with the fact that any time I read that a character has white-blond hair, I automatically picture Draco Malfoy. So that was a little odd... I also found it a little hard to believe that in this day and age, there would be a teenager who didn't have a smartphone OR social media OR who didn't check his email more than once in a blue moon. I'm sure they exist, but it was just a little odd to see a character that young who was that disconnected from his peers.
I related more to Lucy, simply because I've been the kid who grows up in a family that are constantly moving around and dealing with new schools and new friends on a regular basis. The irresponsible parenting on both sides of the story made me a little twitchy, but they came good in the end. Well, good enough that we might consider giving them some portion of a Sandy Cohen Eyebrow of Responsible Parenting over on Snark Squad.
Still, despite my problems, their respective stories were sweet and occasionally feels-tastic. And the ending was implausibly adorable.
Final verdict? A few bits that dragged a little, but generally a cute story about teenagers falling in love in an unconventional way. A nice, quick rainy-Sunday-on-the-sofa-in-your-PJs kind of a book.
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Disclaimer: I received a free ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The Geography of You and Me will be available in Australia on 8 April.