Google+ Reading Teen: {Audiobook & Book Review} The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Monday, May 5, 2014

{Audiobook & Book Review} The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Reviewed by Reagan

by Jennifer E. Smith
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Poppy (April 15, 2014)
Buy the book: Amazon

Publisher: Hachette Audio
Narrated By Leslie Bellair, Corey Bradberry
Whispersync for Voice-ready
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.
Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.
Lucy Patterson has lived in New York her whole life, and she loves it. She is left alone for the first time while her parents travel to Paris for a business trip.  Now that her brothers have moved out, she's all by herself. On the way up to her apartment on the twenty-fourth floor, the whole East Coast goes black. At this point, she's stuck in the elevator in-between, the 10th and 11th floors, with the new superintendent's son. They're only in there for half an hour but it feels longer to Lucy. After that, they spend the night walking the streets, and stargazing on the top of their building. But once the lights come back, whatever had drawn them together retreats. Lucy is flown to London to meet up with her parents and is hit with the news that they're moving, to a different country.

Owen Buckley hasn't gone many places but he wants to. But moving from their house in Pennsylvania to The Big Apple wasn't his idea. But since his mom died, they couldn't stay in Pennsylvania, where his dad couldn't find a job. Since his dad was offered a job as a superintendent in one of his dad's second cousin's buildings, they had to move to the basement of a big building. The night with Lucy was the best thing to happen to him since he moved there. Now that Owen's dad got fired and Lucy's parents got their new job, they're both moving, Owen out west somewhere and Lucy to Edinburgh.

 This is very important and you must read every words very carefully. READ THIS BOOK. In the past I've read This is What Happy Looks Like, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, and loved them. When my mom handed me The Geography of You and Me I swiped it and read half of it before we got the audio book and finished it. I have an obsession with these super adorable contemporaries, and this just made my world. With these kind of books,  you can't really choose a main character, mostly because the book revolves around the two main characters and not much else. There are other characters yes (Liam, Paisley, parents, Owen's friends from Pennsylvania) but they come and go, so you can't really get attached. But good thing I loved Owen and Lucy. They are so funny and cute, I can't stand it.

I also happened to listen the audiobook. One thing I loved is that it has two readers for both points of view. The narrators, Leslie Bellair & Corey Bradberry, were, in my humble opinion, awesome.  Leslie had a fantastic Scottish accent for Liam.  Such a good book, such good readers. I wish she would write a sequel. Fingers crossed!

Alright, so this is the point in the review I would tell you what kind of people would like this book, but if you don't like this book, you are heartless. So go read it!


  • Sexual Content:  Mild - kissing
  • Profanity:  None
  • Violence: Minor (death - car crash)


  1. This looks so cute! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I still need to read This Is What Happy Looks Like, but these books are exactly what I need sometimes. Happy contemporaries FTW.

  2. Loved this book. Great story. I'm a romantic at heart, and this story hit the spot for me. After reading this, I had to find another one of Jennifer E. Smith's books to read.
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