The Geography of you and me by Jennifer E Smith is pretty much the perfect teenage romance. It’s gentle and funny, touching without being mawkish, and has been added to my list of go to books for when I *need* a feel good read.
That isn’t to say that there’s nothing to it, there’s plenty going on. You’ve got the stories of two very different teenagers, Lucy and Owen, brought together during a power cut in the building they live in. One is an apartment dweller from the 24th floor, the other the son of the new building superintendent living in the basement.
They spent just one night together, and then start to build a relationship over long distance as they are moved by circumstance around the globe away from each other. Part of the connection is in their joint feeling of helplessness at their circumstances but neither is a victim. And relationship building over a distance is never easy, particularly when it’s your first love. There’s a fantastic argument with absolutely spot on use of Fine! which had Big spluttering as she read it.
I don’t feel that I’m doing this book justice at all.
It’s lyrical, poetic in parts. I think it may be visually appealing – there’s a particular section, you’ll recognise it when you’re reading, when the chapters reflect each other in a verbal dance to a written climax. I read it in eArc, so I’m not sure what those look or feel like on the page, but I think it may be more dramatic on paper.
When I was done reading it, I wanted to just start over straight again, but I’ve been holding back. Tonight I might give in though 😉 It’s released next week on the 15th, so you can get your pre orders in now, or you can attempt to win one of two copies with me.
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In Read 52 news, I actually read this book much earlier this year, and I’m not sure I’ve read anything this week! Eek, must run off and find a kindle. Please say you’ve been doing better and link up your bookish posts.
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This prize draw runs until 23.59 GMT Thursday 17th April. Two prizes of The Geography of you and me (RRP £9.99). Fulfilment will be arranged by the company and the winner must agree to have details passed to them for that purpose. Open to adults 18 and over with UK delivery address. Entry is by comment as described above. Non completion of the mandatory entry requirement will disqualify any other entries by that individual. The winner will be chosen using a random draw plugin from all comment entries, and notified by email within 48 hours. They must claim the prize within 28 days.
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