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Review: The Geography of You and Me

April 18, 2014

The Geography of You and Me

Lucy lives with her parents on the 24th floor of an expensive New York apartment building and Owen lives in the basement of the same building with his maintenance man father.  Owen’s mother has passed away and Lucy’s parents are generally absent.  The two meet when they get stuck in the elevator during a blackout.  They spend a magical evening exploring the city in the dark but go their separate ways afterward, each longing to spot the other.

Their lives take them in opposite directions so it seems like they’ll never be together again but that doesn’t keep them from hoping for a reunion.  In the meantime, they keep in touch through occasional postcards and emails.

I’ve read a couple of Jennifer E. Smith‘s books before so I was really excited to pick up The Geography of You and Me.  As I expected, it’s a sweet, romantic story that was a lot of fun to read.  I enjoyed it but didn’t think it held the magic that made Smith’s  previous books special.

Lucy and Owen are great kids and great characters.  They’re kind and caring and looking for some direction in their lives.  Smith “gets” kids that age and writes with a lot of heart so I felt like I knew Lucy and Owen as I read their story.  I think a lot of teens will relate to them and take comfort in their story.  Girls, especially, will like the romantic elements and the tension they create.

Smith’s books are free of language and sexual situations so even the youngest YA readers can enjoy them.  Even though The Geography of You and Me wasn’t my favorite of her books, I think it’s well worth reading.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
18 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2014 7:52 am

    Oh, this is the kind of movies I love watching, so I should be able to enjoy books like this as well! (Doesn’t happen that way sadly, but this is a good one for a rainy afternoon.)

  2. Patty permalink
    April 18, 2014 9:45 am

    Oh my…I always do love books like this one.

  3. April 18, 2014 10:08 am

    I love books like this once in a while. I don’t care if they are predictable. Sometimes you just need a nice sweet story!

  4. April 18, 2014 12:31 pm

    This sounds good – I have not read her before.

  5. April 18, 2014 2:14 pm

    It sounds as if this would be a nice, sweet story for YA readers.

  6. April 18, 2014 2:23 pm

    thank you for your thoughts.

  7. April 18, 2014 3:38 pm

    This sounds interesting…I haven’t read this author before…perhaps I’ll start with this since it seems sweet.

  8. April 18, 2014 9:00 pm

    I know you didn’t love it but it looks so sweet that I might like it!

  9. lab1990 permalink
    April 18, 2014 10:12 pm

    Sorry you didn’t love this as much as some of the author’s others; it does sound cute for the summer!

    Lauren from

  10. April 20, 2014 8:39 am

    Thanks for your review. I have read Jennifer E. Smith before and was looking forward to this one.

  11. April 20, 2014 6:11 pm

    I have this one hold at the library. Glad you enjoyed it! There are so many Lucy’s in YA books it’s funny to me! Smith’s covers are so cute.

  12. April 20, 2014 7:04 pm

    I’m always on the lookout for clean YA books for my daughter. Thanks for spotlighting this one, Kathy!

  13. bostonbibliophile1 permalink
    April 20, 2014 9:03 pm

    thanks. this’ll help me when i’m recommending books to customers. i never read YA so I appreciate your thoughts especially regarding the content.

  14. April 20, 2014 9:53 pm

    I am adding this one to my to-read list. 🙂

  15. Beth F permalink
    April 21, 2014 6:47 am

    I like that this one is good for even the youngest (or more innocent) YA readers.

  16. April 22, 2014 2:28 am

    I like a good old romantic story every, it helps to push away the far too much violence we have to endure

  17. bookingmama permalink
    April 22, 2014 7:17 pm

    This might be a good one for Booking Daughter. She still wants the cleaner books.

  18. April 27, 2014 1:53 pm

    This sounds cute!

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