Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Published by: Headline
Publication date: 15th April 2014
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
So many bloggers are huge fans of Jennifer E. Smith, and after seeing a ton of excitable tweets about her new book The Geography of You and Me, I added it to my wish list. Who could resist that pretty cover? THE TYPOGRAPHY. *hugs book*
See, I actually hugged the book. Dedication.
Eventually the book landed through my letterbox and I started reading straight away, desperately wanting to like it. Instead of enjoying the book, I've ended up with a question: did I read a different book from everyone else? Seriously, this book has an endless stream of five-star reviews on Goodreads, and yet... this book was so underwhelming.
As someone rightly told me on Twitter the other day, if I want to read badly enough, I'll find time for it no matter what. I've always managed to find time for reading...but not with this book. Believe it or not, it took me just over three weeks to read The Geography of You and Me. I kept putting it off and making excuses because I was bored, and I didn't want to face up to the fact that such a hugely popular book was boring me. This book was so slow. Nothing much happened except for two people exchanging postcards from across the globe, and while this was a sweet concept, it failed miserably at managing to hold my attention for longer than twenty pages at a time.
Lucy has known Owen for less than a week - they met when they were stuck in an elevator - and then they both ended up being oceans apart. Meanwhile they had clearly fallen in love with each other. Bearing in mind these people had barely had two conversations, I thought that was a little strange. They didn't properly know each other, and suddenly they were in love and flying halfway across the globe to meet again? What? Firstly, it was implied that Owen and his father were pretty poor so I have no idea where Owen got the money for plane tickets. Secondly, YOU ONLY SPENT A COUPLE OF HOURS TOGETHER. *headdesk*
The whole thing was just cliché after cliché. Towards the end of the book nearly every sentence was making me cringe.
If you're into reading each and every tiny detail of someone else's life minute-by-minute, then this book is for you. Personally, though, it wasn't my cup of tea even though I was really looking forward to it. The Geography of You and Me was actually one of my most highly anticipated reads of the year, so I'm incredibly disappointed, underwhelmed, and also relieved to have finally finished it so I can now move onto something else. Please don't let my review put you off, I'm clearly in the minority here; everyone else seemed to love this, so chances are you will too. :)