The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

book review

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall rating: 4 Stars


The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith


Goodreads Synopsis:

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and—finally—a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.



Adventurous, meaningful, sweet love story, and a light hearted humorous book by Jennifer E. Smith. I really enjoyed reading this book and thought it was so great that the story revolved around Lucy and Owen, traveling around the world separately constantly pulling away from each other but somehow always finding a way to see each other.

I thought this book was just so sweet and was very different than what I thought it was going to be (and it turned out better than I imagined!). This book constantly kept me guessing.

One of my favorite things about this book is that Lucy and Owen mostly communicated through postcards when they were not together. I also loved how even after pulling away from each other, thinking it was the last time they would see each other, they constantly thought, whether it was other relationships, or the long distance between, states or even countries, they would always be in each other’s minds.


Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars



Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 Stars


I really wanted to read more about Lucy and Owen as couple and I didn’t get that, so I feel like I need more to their relationship to really get the full effect. But I gave him a ⅘ rating for a book boyfriend because he is super sweet!


Kayla’s Age Recommendation: 12+

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