Title: The Geography of You and Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
There is a major blackout in New York City. The subways are down, the air conditioning doesn’t work, and Lucy and Owen are stuck in an elevator together. They’ve never spoken before, but they roam the city and end up sleeping (just sleeping) together on the roof. In the morning Owen is gone and soon both of them are leaving New York, but they can’t forget each other. Is a series of postcards enough to keep their connection?
Why I Would Recommend It:
The meet-cute premise will draw readers in and Owen and Lucy’s characterization will keep them reading. Owen’s mother has passed away and Lucy’s twin brothers have moved across the country for college leaving both of them a bit adrift and struggling with the loss. Their determination to ultimately hold on to a relationship that matters to them despite significant geographical distance has a strong element of hopefulness to it that readers will appreciate.
Though Lucy certainly lives a privileged life both she and Own have distinct and authentic teen voices. While the split narrative trend is becoming quickly over-saturated Smith makes good use of it here. The story would just not be as effective without Owen’s side of the story.
Who I Would Recommend It To:
This is a sweet contemporary romance that should work nicely for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Dessen, and Huntley Fitzpatrick in addition to Smith’s own growing fanbase. As a bonus it’s squeaky clean with only a few kisses so keep it in mind for your tweens determined to read YA.