The Geography of You and Me

The Geography of You and Me

Book - 2015 | 1st pbk. ed.
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Lucy lives on the twenty-fourth floor. Owen lives in the basement. It's fitting, then, that they meet in the middle -- stuck between two floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, Lucy and Owen spend the night wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is back, so is reality. Lucy soon moves abroad with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and to San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland, Lucy and Owen stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and phone calls. But can they -- despite the odds -- find a way to reunite?

Smartly observed and wonderfully romantic, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. Sometimes, it can be a person.
Publisher: New York : Poppy, [2015]
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780316254762
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Smith
Characteristics: 337 pages

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ArapahoeKati Oct 16, 2019

Jennifer E. Smith has a knack for writing characters into unique, if not odd, but believable situations, and then add in a love story? Delightful.

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Abdu14
May 31, 2019

Lovely, I'll read it again

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this hilarious romance young adult novel.

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Melevere
Jul 23, 2016

The novel sometimes felt like it was being dragged for too long because all I truly wanted was for Lucy and Owen to finally get together again. However, during those times, I fell in love with the adventures they had in every location they visited separately and the relationship that lived through the postcards.

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

A really good romance novel.

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billybee11
Aug 03, 2015

I loved this book and the whole idea of it. I liked how their one night changed them but didn't effect their lives completely. They are the proof that long distance relationships do work.

Two teens meet while stuck in an elevator in New York City during a city-wide blackout. Under these unusual circumstances they find they have a special connection, and spend the night together on the roof, stargazing and musing about life. Weeks later they go their separate ways but connect via postcards, which they recognize is cheesy, but also revel in the lost art of simple communication. This book celebrates simple communication and captures the timing of romance, the way things have to sort of line up – the right time, the right place, the right person. Lucy and Owen are independent characters whom we see grow and change without putting their lives on hold for each other, and yet neither is too stubborn to succumb to love. The romance is innocent and suitable for younger or older teens. Adults will also enjoy the nostalgia of simple communication.

Cynthia_N Nov 17, 2014

What I really liked about this book is that each of the teens kept going about their lives when they were not together. Owen meets someone as does Lucy and while the relationships are not serious, I liked that they did not put their lives on hold because of one awesome night. I loved the keeping in touch with postcards.

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jokafor98
Jun 20, 2014

It was a pretty good book. Very interesting.

iamthealphawolf20 Jun 14, 2014

A nice teen romance story.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“The most basic sort of love: to be worried about the one who was worrying about you.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“You can't know the answer until you ask the question.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“There's a difference between loneliness and solitude.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“There was no point in waiting for someone who hadn't asked, and there was no point in wishing for something that would never happen.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“But there's no such thing as a completely fresh start. Everything new arrives on the heels of something old, and every beginning comes at the cost of an ending.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“The most basic sort of love: to be worried about the one who was worrying about you.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“You can't know the answer until you ask the question.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“There's a difference between loneliness and solitude.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“There was no point in waiting for someone who hadn't asked, and there was no point in wishing for something that would never happen.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“But there's no such thing as a completely fresh start. Everything new arrives on the heels of something old, and every beginning comes at the cost of an ending.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

Lucy and Owen hit it off when they are trapped in an elevator together in Manhattan. After that fateful night, they return to their lives, in different countries.

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

In the opening of the novel, Lucy and Owen are trapped in an elevator in a citywide blackout. Despite being from two different worlds (Lucy's family is well off and her parents are currently traveling in Europe; Owen's father is in Brooklyn mourning the death of Owen's mother), they enjoy each other’s company and spend the remainder of the evening on the roof of their Manhattan apartment building looking at the stars. However, after the conclusion of the blackout, Lucy moves to Europe to be with her parents and Owen goes on a cross country road trip with his father. Will Lucy and Owen be able to reunite despite the geographical challenges? Read this romantic and humorous book to find out.

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Aug 23, 2015

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