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."
"Smith captures the romantic sparks that fly in unusual situations and the way love can build even when circumstances keep people apart. If you like your romances with a bit of European adventure, some New York glamour, and a lot of honest heart, this one's for you."
—E. Lockhart, author of The Boyfriend List and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
"The greatest space between two people is measured in emotions, not miles. The Geography of You and Me is a true, tender long-distance love story guaranteed to strike a resonant chord in hopeful romantics everywhere."
—Megan McCafferty, bestselling author of the Jessica Darling series and Bumped
Jennifer E. Smith is the author of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, The Geography of You and Me, This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. She currently lives in New York City.