Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Mini Review | The Geography Of You And Me by Jennifer E Smith

 photo TheGeographyOfYouAndMe_zpsgb848k9n.pngThe Geography Of You And Me by Jennifer E Smith
Published By: Headline
Published On: April 15, 2014
Genre: Contemporary
Pages: 337
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★
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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 marvelling 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.

This was a disappointment for me.
I loved The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight so I had such high hopes for this book, but it really did not live up to my expectations.

Hello instalove.
I felt no connection between the two main characters. Their relationship was very much instalove, and not even the kind of instalove that I don't mind. It was very sudden and seemed unnatural to me.

Everything was average.
The characters were OK. The plot was OK. Nothing was great. This wasn't a bad book, there was just nothing particularly special about it.

So much travelling.
I loved the travelling! I love to travel so this aspect really improved the story for me.

Don't stereotype Scotland!!
There was one thing about this book that seriously pissed me off. Being Scottish, I cannot stand when people attempt to write about Scotland and Scottish people and do nothing but generalise and stereotype. I was expecting better from Jennifer E Smith considering she went to university in Scotland but I hated the way she portrayed Edinburgh and Scottish people. We are not stupid, we have an understanding of the world beyond our country - some of us have even managed to get on a plane to other countries, look how much we're advancing! Rant over.

Overall, it was pretty average and nothing to rave about. I would have given it 3.5 stars if it wasn't for the way us Scots were portrayed.