Young Adult, Contemporary
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April 15th, 2014
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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 marveling 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.
Here’s the thing about me and my experiences with Jennifer E Smith. I’ve read everything up until this point and honestly, I just haven’t massively impressed so far. Its not that I think she’s a bad writer because I honestly don’t think she is. She’s a really good writer. But I just haven’t had a huge liking for her stories. They’re too cute, too unrealistic, too short. That’s not a bad thing, definitely not but its not to my taste. There are lots of people that are searching for those kind of stories so you should definitely pick up a Jennifer E Smith book. I just prefer my books with a bit more substance.
I will say this, though: I really liked this one. Its not mesmerizing and it won’t be a book that I’m constantly recommending to people but I thought that this was her strongest novel to date. I thought the story felt more real and I really cared more about these characters than I had in the past. They only met for a brief moment before being split apart and I genuinely wanted them to be together.
But here’s where things divert from in the past. Jennifer’s characters seem to always work out the right way, and it ends up happily wrapped up, with hope and all that but this book is so different and I think that’s why I like it. She really went realistic with this one. Two people, who spent a lot of time together, who obviously left a mark on each other, are separated and yet, they continue to live their lives. They see other people, they have fun, they live without each other. Sure, they think of each other, write each other, they’re always sort of in the back of each other’s minds but they continue to have lives and that’s what makes it beautiful. That we don’t stop living for others, but we keep going, even when they’re there in the back of your mind. I love that.
And I love that each and every interaction they have with each other is beautiful and realistic and it still makes you want to root for them, from beginning to end. You know its cheesy and a tad bit unrealistic that these two could ever really make it work but you want them to anyway and I think that’s a great thing. That’s the first time that Jennifer has really made me root for someone in her book and I was glad for that.
I have hope for, in the future, that she will write something that I truly love but for now, I’m really satisfied with this one and I honestly think that this book was very fun, and very cute and I hope to see more of Jennifer in the future. Never give up on an author, you never know what they’ll produce in the future.
3.75 out of 5 Stars