The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith (337 pages)
Overview: Owen and Lucy meet in the elevator of Lucy's New York City apartment building during a blackout. From the time they spend crammed in the stuck elevator together, they formed a bond that kept them together as they both moved around the country and the world. Through emails and postcards they kept the string connecting them together alive until the few chances they had to meet each other. In the ultimate in both long distance love stories and YA contemporary romances, this is a delicious story about two people willing to keep their relationship together over miles and miles and constant movement with no promise of ever being in the same place at the same time again. Overall: 4.5
Characters: 5 The two main characters this story follows are Lucy and Owen. Owen and his father are short of money and at a loss for a place to be after the sudden accident that killed his mother two months before the start of the book and caused them to abandon their home in Pennsylvania. After meeting Lucy while his dad briefly held a job as a superintendent in her building, they set off to travel across the country during his senior year while his dad looked for work.
Lucy has lived in New York City her whole life sometimes with her parents, other times with her brother while her parents jetted off around the world. She is used to New York and going it alone when her parents uproot her, moving her across Europe for her father's job and her mother's happiness. They're both well rounded and interesting characters to follow over millions of miles.
Plot: 4 I found the plot and the continual movement of the story to be entertaining. I found myself reading more chapters than I intended in each sitting anxious to know what happened next. There were a few sections that the plot lagged a bit with filler content, but overall it was fun and engaging.
Writing: 5 This is the second Jennifer E. Smith book I've read (the first being her new book Windfall), and I have to say the tone and writing of this was entirely different. I found the writing to be my favorite part of the book. The third person voice that was used to follow Lucy and Owen painted a beautiful pictures in the readers mind. This book definitely focuses on crafting images beyond anything else, which I thought was a great angle to approach a book like this from.
Links of Interest:
The Hate U Give: http://www.readingwritingandme.com/2017/11/the-hate-u-give.html
Suffer Love: http://www.readingwritingandme.com/2017/11/weekly-reviews-and-recommendations-week_22.html