I had a big smile on my face the day I was given The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith. Cover-wise, it was very beautiful. The plot, while a little bit worn, works too.
The Geography of You and Me is about two teenagers Lucy and Owen who fancy themselves masters at being alone. They are as different as night and day with different upbringing. Owen is from a happy but average family, and is left struggling as his mom died and he and his dad fled from their home in Pennsylvania to escape the ghosts of the past and find a new future. Owen’s father landed the lauded job (insert sarcasm here) of managing the building where Lucy and her posh family lives in upscale New York, where he is basically the handyman. Meanwhile, Lucy’s dad is a prominent banker who often jettisons from foreign country to the other, leaving Lucy alone with her twin brothers. Owen lives down in the basement, Lucy on the building’s 24th floor.
Okay, I’ll stop writing about their differences. What you should know is that these two teenagers found themselves stuck together in an elevator during a city-wide power blackout. As they spent the night and found comfort in each other’s presence, the two of them stumbled upon a powerful discovery that they could be standing in the center of New York, and they may just have the world in their hands as they hold each other close.
Needless to say, it didn’t work out that easy. Lucy and Owen seemed to be tempting fate by not believing in each other, so much so that I’m tempted to enter the book’s pages and knock their heads together. As the two of them traveled apart from place to place, they kept in touch through emails and postcards.
Don’t you just love how Jennifer E. Smith used postcards in her story? The idea that two teenagers would rather communicate using postcards instead of the instantaneous gratification provided by technology baffled me – but it made the story all the more poignant and sweeter.
I won’t say more as I may spoil the book for you, but here’s why I recommend it: you have two highly volatile teenagers who are at the cusp of independence, indulging their personal whims and cowardice, communicating with the person they love the most using postcards. Separated by continents and their own stubbornness, it’s easy to imagine that they won’t find each other. But will day?
I guess you’ll just have to read it to find out!:)
🙂 written by: Ellie Peaches Pants:)