The Geography of You and Me – Jennifer E Smith

Thank you to Headline and NetGalley for the ARC of this book!

Recently, all I wanted was a nice, simple and engaging book to get through. Nothing too dense or too slow or too mind-numbingly dull. I wanted a book that let me put life and all its stress on the back burner and relax.

Good job this book came around.

Summary

Lucy and Owen meet. They move around a lot (and I mean a LOT). Other stuff happens, but not really. Actually, not at all.

Cons

It really isn’t a complicated plot. It was all very predictable, which made it easy to read, but not the most compelling book of all time. The formula is obvious from the beginning.

And predictability is a theme in this book. The characters don’t have much personality. They are likeable and fun, but not exactly unique, and I wouldn’t be able to call them out in a line-up. The interactions and ‘twists’ were very easy to guess, and all of it felt very cliché.

Pros

However, there was nothing really wrong with the book. Lucy and Owen are, sure, not the most ground-breaking of characters, but are still very likeable and easy to relate to. Their situations were adequately sad and their romance wasn’t bad or unhealthy or forced – a nice change from the usual stuff that comes spewing out of young adult romance.

Granted, they didn’t have much chemistry.

I wanted to believe they liked each other. They kept saying how often they thought of each other, and you could see the plot lines threading themselves in that direction, but I never really believed it. I rooted for them because I knew I was meant to root for them, but I never believed their attraction went past slight interest, much less a core part of the book, and the only plot line. Their conversations were nice, but never progressed from that until the very end, where it was quite nice. Not much improvement there.

The writing style was simple yet effective; I had no problems with it. I wasn’t completely blown away by its amazing-ness, but it never made me cringe nor groan, and that’s rare. So yeah, go writing style.

Overall

This book is very meh for me. I liked it, but not past that. I would recommend it lightly to anyone wanting something not too difficult or dense. The Geography of You and Me is a good book, I give it that, but I don’t think it’ll shake up the world any more after reading it. 3.5 shuriken stars. I would really like to read more of Jennifer E Smith’s books, because I had a fun time reading this book, and if you’re being bogged down by stress or want something easy to just fly through, I think you should pick it up.

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