Published: April 10th 2014 by HachetteAU
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
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Owen lives in the basement. Lucy lives on the 24th floor. But when the power goes out in the midst of a New York heatwave, they find themselves together for the first time: stuck in a lift between the 10th and 11th floors. As they await help, they start talking...
The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland they can't shake the memory of the time they shared. Postcards cross the globe when they themselves can't, as Owen and Lucy experience the joy - and pain - of first love.
And as they make their separate journeys in search of home, they discover that sometimes it is a person rather than a place that anchors you most in the world
I loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, so much that I’ve been eagerly looking forward to every book Smith has written since then. The Geography Of You And Me is my least favourite of her works, but I still enjoyed it and think it’s just as cute and poignant as her other stories.
Owen and Lucy meet in an elevator in a blackout in New York city, and they spend one magical, surreal evening together before their lives take them in opposite directions. They meet new people, make other friends and move from city to city over the next few months, but they can’t seem to let go of the time they spent together. This isn’t a story of a long-distance relationship, not really, but it’s still a very sweet story.
Lucy goes to Edinburgh with her parents, with whom she has a rocky relationship. When we meet her, it’s clear that Lucy resents her parents they always leave their kids at home when they go to exotic places. But it turns out that her parents were trying to be the best parents they could, and Lucy slowly rebuilds her relationship with them as they travel together.
Lucy and Owen are actually quite bland and I although I loved their story, I don’t think I connected with either of them. Lucy is quiet and always has a book with her (which was awesome!), while Owen probably would be more outgoing if his mother hadn’t recently passed away. When Lucy moves to Edinburgh, she changes a little and makes new friends but she’s still pretty reserved and shy. Owen goes on a road trip with his father and although their relationship is amazing, they’ve changed since his mother’s death. Their story is one of mourning together and helping each other through a tough time, while Owen makes a decision about whether to pursue college or stay with his dad and help out for a year.
I think my main disappointment in this book stems from the surprising lack of romance and buttery-fly feelings aside from the night of the blackout. The rest of the story is about how Lucy and Owen’s lives change and how they cling to their memories of each other. I think the book stagnated for a while until they managed to meet again for just one night, but even that was quite disappointing (but necessary narrative-wise, I understand). I think I missed the passion and sweetness.
The Geography Of You And Me is a cute, romantic story that most people will enjoy. Although it’s not my favourite of her books, I don’t think it will disappoint Smith’s fans.Blogging Outside the Box is a feature at Speculating on SpecFic, where books outside the SFF banner are reviewed. It is intended to highlight some of the non speculative fiction titles I am reading and share my thoughts with readers.