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The Geography of You and Me

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sweet, smart romance is perfect vacation reading.

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THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME is a smart, endearing romance. It has the classic elements of the genre: an enchanting how-they-met story, kids from opposite sides of the tracks, alluring and exotic locations, surprises and setbacks. Yet it's a smartly told story, with characters who win you over on their own merits. Lucy's and Owen's individual stories, told in alternating chapters, are just as absorbing as their shared journey.

Author Jennifer E. Smith has an engaging writing style, with terrific sensory appeal: It's easy to imagine yourself in the stifling hot, pitch-black elevator, or returning to Owen's long-vacant home. It isn't exactly obvious why Lucy and Owen are so taken with each other -- their connection seems unlikely to outlast the peculiar circumstances of their meeting. But it's a story about faith, told skillfully enough that skeptics will lower their defenses and root for Lucy and Owen to find their way to each other.

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