Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Published: 2014
By: Poppy
Source: Edelweiss
Format: Ebook
ISBN:   9780316254779

A blackout in New York City brings together two teenagers in Jennifer E. Smith’s new romantic YA novel, The Geography of You and Me.

Lucy lives on the twenty-fourth floor. Owen lives in the basement. It’s fitting, then, that they meet in the middle — stuck between two floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, Lucy and Owen spend the night wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is back, so is reality. Lucy soon moves abroad with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and to San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland, Lucy and Owen stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and phone calls. But can they — despite the odds — find a way to reunite?

- Edelweiss

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Can I just have a quick squee moment right here guys?

*ahem*

Moving forward. I made this request because I was super curious and because I think cutesy, teenage love is not a bad thing to read up on once in a while. Because me reading memoirs and biographies always sooo monotonous (kidding)

I liked the idea of the story, and I had no clue that this was the same author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, which I hadn’t read either but now I’m curious about it as well.

In this story we follow the life of Owen, whom has recently lost his mother due to a tragic accident, and Lucy, a young lady who wants nothing more to be somewhere and be part of the jetset-life her parents are constantly doing while she and her brothers would stay in New York.

After the funeral of Owen’s mother, his father – a unemployed construction worker – takes the opportunity of becoming a superintendent for Lucy’s building in New York, which was offered by the father’s cousin, the property owner. Owen and dad drive across the country from little Pennsylvania with nothing but their red Honda and the few possessions they could pack and went on their way.

Within the first week or so of the depressed family being in their new basement lodgings, Owen’s dad heads out for a trip to the Coney Island to do a small memorial of where he and his wife first met. After all this happened Owen decides to take a trip up to the roof.

The elevator gets stuck.

He gets stuck in the elevator with a girl – that’s Lucy.

And the rest is history!

Actually it isn’t. The elevator is not broken but in fact there was a giant blackout that wiped not only New York, but also along the coast and into Canada. (Whoot Canada represent! *cough cough*

The two get to talking and once they’re out of the elevator they spend the entire evening together staring up at the starry night sky. Until the next morning where Lucy wakes up alone and Owen gets distracted because his father is wheezing with heat exhaustion. The two never see each other.. ever.

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Now at this point you’re probably wondering about this “geography” part of the title. Well, when Lucy’s parents would go on holidays they would send her a postcard. This was a tradition started when she was little, and it stuck.

When Lucy winds up moving across the world because of the kind of work her father does, they land in Edinburgh, and for the cutesy mockery Lucy and Owen had during that blackout lying on her kitchen floor, she decided to send him a postcard.

Postcards, yes!

These two send each other postcards, until they started to slow down because of personal distractions. However, this story wouldn’t be fit if it didn’t have a lovely, twitter-pattering of an ending. It does. But you’ll have to read about it for yourself to find out the really gushy details.

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Review: After Life Lessons by Laila Blake

Published: 2014
By: Lilt Literary
Source: Author
Format: eBook
ISBN:  9780996005401
- Goodreads

Hulking shadows emerge out of the chaotic flurries of the blizzard. Something is dying, and so they come, like vultures.

After months of struggling south to escape the zombie-infested remains of New York, a snowstorm traps 23-year old artist, Emily, and her son in an abandoned gas station. Starving and desperate, they encounter Aaron, an Army medic on a mission of his own, who offers them a ride to ease the journey.

The road is a long and dangerous place to travel, and every day brings a new threat. But fear and adrenaline also drive the two closer together; they find laughter and a budding attraction that starts to thaw at their numb and deadened feelings. And that’s when the pain really starts to hit, when places long thought lost prickle back to life. Eventually, they will have to fight not just for survival, but for a future together, or their broken world will swallow them whole.

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Warnings: Contains language some might find offensive, some gore and situations of a sexual nature.

I wasn’t sure what to anticipate after reading After Life Lessons, but it certainly didn’t include what I finished reading today. Please let me explain:

This book is very post-Apocalyptic slash zombies, and the commencement is on a cold last leg of winter storm. Originally the main characters were Emily and her toddler-age son, Song. They were trudging through this storm on an abandoned road trying to find shelter.  Later on these two are found by a ex-military paramedic, Aaron, who falls in love with Emily and the story starts being about this couple and the inner demons their both fighting. Aaron has some serious baggage even Emily couldn’t combat with. Seriously, it sounds like it would be mushy and lovey dovey, it is, but it has zombies in it! Which makes the story sound all the more exciting. Although I was somewhat put-off by the language (P.S. NOT acceptable for kids/teens) the story transitioned from very serious situation to the constant tos and fros of the characters of “eff” this, “eff” that, and “eff” yous – I just wasn’t expecting the language, you get used to it after a while lol

This is a very interesting read, I was happy that the author took the time to contact me even if the genre was a little out of my general league, and I would recommend this book to anybody who’s into zombies and love stories… not zombie-love stories.. that’s just gross and I just had a mental image that I need to go douse my brain with kerosene.

5 Star

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Review: Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley

Published: 2013 (Originally published in 2012)
By: Books on Tape
Source: FMPL
Format: Audiobook
ISBN:  9780307879844
- Goodreads

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Can I just skip ahead to the end? Like what. the. eff, Alan Bradley?! Flippin’ twist ending. I had tears in my eyes because it was so unexpected, and I cannot wait to snag the audiobook for my 5 hour long drive to see my boyfriend this weekend, just so I can continue binging on this series. So stay tuned for that review as well…

Another delicious death has occurred in the little town of Bishop’s Lacey. Author, Alan Bradley, has been taking his time at really developing the characters of the de Luce family. Although wanting to keep it a secret until Easter, Feely is engaged to Dieter, which is very exciting news for the family. Buckshaw has also gone up for sale, which was undoubtedly inevitable from the beginning since Harriet was declared dead after an unfortunate accident in the Himalayas. And the reader continues to get a deeper glimpse of Flavia as she continues to mature and, being on the verge of twelve, is going through some fairly typical mood swings that come with growing up. Her desire for a mother-daughter relationship is also just as apparent as she constantly speaks of the longing relationship she’d love to have with Inspector Hewitt’s wife, Antigone.

Although doom and gloom hovered over the de Luce home this doesn’t stop Flavia from aiding (on her own accord) at discovering the murderer(s) of the former organist for the church. She does (of course), and finds the precious item the Magistrate has been seeking to cure his son from the lead poisoning his son has been ailed with from birth, which was rumored to have been burried in Saint Ancrid’s tomb, whom was to be exhumed for display for its quincentennial appearance from the bowels of the church.

Once again another fun, thrilling novel of a little girl who’s just too witty for her age. If you loved the last four books you’ll love this one too :)

5 Star


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