BOOK REVIEW: The Geography Of You And Me – by Jennifer E. Smith

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Title: The Geography Of You And Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
First published: April 15th 2014
Finished reading: August 21st 2015
Pages: 337
Rating 2,5qqq

“Maybe they were never meant to have more than just one night. After all, not everything can last. Not everything is supposed to mean something.”

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It took me way too long to read the previous TBR jar pick and I wanted to make up for it, so I read The Geography Of You And Me almost straight after using my TBR jar. I wasn’t looking forward to it, mostly because I’m not a big fan of (contemporary) romance and I wasn’t sure this read would be for me… And I guess I turned out to be right. It was ok read, but not as good as I thought it would be even after starting out with low expectations. I liked the idea of the postcards and the fact both main characters traveled a lot, but some of the scenes just were too cheesy for me. Jennifer E Smith’s prose is easy to read and I’m sure romance fans will love this read, but I have to be honest and say I wasn’t convinced by the insta-love between Lucy and Owen and the fact they keep in touch even after so long. I’m not saying long-distance relationships don’t work (my relationship with my hubby started out that way), but I what happens between Lucy and Owen is just too far fetched. The Geography Of You And Me is most likely a typical case of not-for-me though; I’ve heard a lot of people actually love this book.

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Lucy and Owen first meet in a very unlikely place: inside an elevator between the tenth and eleventh floor of a New York apartment building. A mayor blackout left the whole city without electricity and the two are trapped inside… When they are rescued, they decide to get to know each other better and spend the night together. They wander the streets and sleep under the stars on the apartment building’s roof… But the next day Lucy wakes up alone. And once the power is restored, everything goes back to normal. It seems like Lucy and Owen never had a chance, because Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents and Owen heads west with his father… Will they be able to stay in touch against all odds and let their relationship grow? Will they ever meet again?

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I loved the travel theme in The Geography Of You And Me and with its fast pace and easy prose I was able to finish it in no time at all. Unfortunately, I didn’t exactly enjoy the story that much. I’m not a big fan of romance in general and this read just was way too cheesy for me. Although I’m sure contemporary romance fans will probably love this read! The Geographu Of You And Me is probably one of those novels where the problem is me, not the novel…

September 2015 TBR

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I have WAY too many books waiting for me on my TBR shelf ,so I have been making a monthly TBR during the last few months to help me decide. This time I was able to read 7 out of 12 books on my August 2015. Quite a good average, although I did read 28 books in total and should have paid more attention to my list. Maybe next month!

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This month I’ve only picked eight titles; I will start traveling on the 19th and won’t be having a lot of spare time to read after that date. The first four titles on my TBR are either travel-themed reads and/or set in a foreign country… The other four books I’ve been wanting to read for various reasons.

>>> Find a complete list of the books of books owned and waiting to be read here and my full TBR list at Goodreads here <<<

# TBR #

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  • Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer (207 pages)
  • Five Weeks In The Amazon by Sean Michael Hayes (270 pages)
  • Kevin And I In India by Frank Kusy (252 pages)
  • And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (416 pages)

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  • The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings (398 pages)
  • The Kill Order by James Dashner (327 pages)
  • None Of The Above by I.W. Gregorio (352 pages)
  • I Was Here by Gayle Forman (288 pages)

Have you read any of these and/or do you recommend them?