They meet somewhere between the 10th and 11th floors, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. There, in a small, dark space, 16-year-old Lucy Patterson and 17-year-old Owen Buckley's lives intersect. After getting rescued, the two spend an evening together on New York City's powerless streets, enjoying "the whole world gone dark like some great and terrible magic trick."
Two weeks later, Lucy and Owen both leave New York; Lucy moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out on an endless road trip with his grief-stricken father. As the two teenagers get farther away from each other geographically, they stay connected emotionally, through postcards, sporadic phone calls, and a final reunion in New York City.
Spanning one year and told in five parts, entitled "Here," "There," "Everywhere," "Somewhere," and "Home," The Geography of You and Me is a love story about how the right relationship can "make the world shrink to just the right size, molded to fit just the two of you, and nothing more."
Praise for The Geography of You and Me:
A VOYA Perfect Tens 2014 Selection
A YALSA 2015 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Selection
A YALSA 2015 Teens Top Ten Nominee
* "The meet-cute master behind The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and This Is What Happy Looks Like delivers her best book yet, a straightforward, old-fashioned swoon-fest that, in another time, would be a film starring Audrey Hepburn."
Booklist, starred review
* "Fans of Smith's previous works, namely The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight,and other love stories like John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and David Levithan's Every Day will like this novel, which is a similar combination of head and heart...A welcome addition to any library."
—VOYA, starred review
Jennifer E. Smith is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here and The Comeback Season. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City.