The Geography of You and Me

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The Geography of You and MeTitle : The Geography of You and Me
Author : Jennifer E. Smith
Rating : 5 Stars!!!
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 15th 2014 by Poppy
ISBN : 0316254770 (ISBN13: 9780316254779)
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.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.
Source : Goodreads 
...and it struck her as the truest form of kindness, the most basic sort of love: to be worried about the one who was worrying about you.

If you could just see that at one point in life there is something you feel that will truly changed you, grab it without any hesitation. And this is the exact thing that I felt when I was reading The Geography of You and Me. Grab the cookie with all your hands, no hesitation. Read the book, finish it immediately. Simple as that.

The Geography of You and Me sparkled like fireworks on me. Oozing me with different lights and displays. Because love is just around the corner. Around the four corners of a stuck elevator. At first it sort of jumbled my mind with the possibilities of getting stuck in an elevator with a guy that is completely lost in the first place. I wasn't saying that Owen was lost or anything. It is his mind that seems blurry and fuzzy with all the plans that will move him straight ahead as he grows up. There are some people who already has an aim in life, some didn't and they are the people who are hard to spot in a big city as New York. The possibilities and chances are rare and yet, it does happens. And oh my freaking emotions just exploded out (outside the office).
Owen and Lucy may have different doubts and decisions in life, but at that exact moment of exchanging words, thoughts and feelings, everything changes. This is what I dearly loved in Jennifer Smith, it is her own art to interpret the chances of meeting someone at most unlikely places that will truly amaze you. I also noticed this in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Clearly fascinating indeed. 

One of the most essential part that I am truly amazed, it is her method of words on how she can slowly deliver the reader to another place. Chapter by chapter, I already feel the natural shift of another state/country. I learned the traditions and norms of different people in every state in a glance. It felt like I almost traveled half of the world with these two characters, Owen and Lucy. Watching them moving on, learning the new ways to live and hoping for another chances simply moved me. 
What leaves me in awe, the learning of loss. In this book, (I won't spoil, no need to worry) Owen and his father gradually learned to accept losing very important to them. I loved it because as they moved on in different places, they are realizing the clear truth with them and they gladly accepted it at the end. The words are full of simplicity yet I was drowning with reality. It was amazing to read something like that.

And who would've thought that POSTCARDS are the KEY. Hot damn. This is love at its most vintage way. I can't think of any appropriate words to describe how these two characters mold differently in every places they went into and yet their feelings still entwined. It's not cheesy. I swear. At some point, I am jealous with them. Because they get to travel almost half of the world and me, nah, nevermind. But nonetheless, I'm still glad because I get to explore certain places with them.

Overall, The Geography of You and Me is your passport to the most bizarre kind of love you will ever find. It'll sent you flying up in the sky full of bubbles and hearts. You'll read a book that will definitely leave you feel so content. And that ending, God, I never felt so much complete in my whole life with those simple words.