Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

1 Star with a bonus ½ Star for a good cover.

Lucy is super emo because her parents are never around and she’s friendless. (How do you avoid the oft present “we’re dealing with teenagers, where the hell are the parents” question? Well, this book just ships the parents off to Paris, leaving their 16 year old daughter at home in NYC all alone. Problem solved.)

Owen is super emo since his mom recently passed away and his father moved them to New York City. He’s less than thrilled to be completing his senior year in the Big Apple and is counting down the seconds until he can go to college somewhere in the Upper Northwest.

Although they live in the same building, the two have never met. Lucy is more of a penthouse gal and Owen is the building manager’s son, residing in a tiny basement apartment. During a citywide blackout the two find themselves stuck together in an elevator and, when they are eventually freed, decide to explore the city together. New York City. During rush hour. In a blackout. Yeah, that sounds safe. I mean it’s not like there’s a history of people friggin’ LOOTING or anything when these types of situations have occurred in the past.

They end up back on the roof of their building and after one magical night of instalove together, the two don’t cross paths again. Because it would be super awkward to like go up/down the damn stairs to say “Hi”, but it wasn’t awkward at all to spend the night with a stranger.

Instead, Owen’s dad gets canned from the charity-case-job he was given and the two decide to road trip it across ‘Murica, which is totally not a case of bad parenting and is instead cool because Owen already has enough credits to graduate

If dude already has enough credits to graduate, why didn’t he just graduate and start applying to colleges for early admission instead of being miserable in the NYC public school system????? Me = so confuzzled. I guess I’m supposed to leave that one as an “it is what it is” type of situation and let them go ahead on the highway to hell their merry way.

Lucy’s father ends up getting a job in Edinburgh, Scotland and her parents decide they finally give enough of a shit about their daughter to buy the poor girl a plane ticket and allow her to cohabitate with them. There Lucy experiences what I like to call the “Bella Swan Syndrome”. Although friendless, helpless, and hopeless in NYC, Bella Lucy somehow finds herself seated at the popular table once she moves across the pond with a handsome lacrosse player hanging on her every word.

Bet you can see where this is going . . .

Yes, although Lucy and Owen only spent a nanosecond together in real life and now live roughly 14 million light years apart - not to mention the fact that new fella Liam (his name just has to be something dreamy like Liam, right?) is Mr. Righthererightnow - Lucy is overwrought with guilt and knows her heart truly belongs to Owen.

Yada, yada, yada, more boring stuff happens and Lucy and Owen find a way to get together for a couple of magical days by meeting at the top of the Empire State Building in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge back at their old apartment building. The end. Thank God.

ARC provided by NetGalley. Thank you, NetGalley!!!!

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