14 Oct 2014

book review: the geography of you and me by jennifer e. smith

My goal this year was to read 12 books - one for each month as I knew how busy I would be with university and everything else but after achieving this goal, I re-adjusted it to 20 books by the end of 2014. However, I've smashed this goal and the book I'll be talking about today is the 23rd one I've read so far this year.

The Geography of You and Me is the latest offering by Jennifer E. Smith. I have to confess that I'd never heard of this author before I read this book (thanks Bookbridgr!) and I think she might have a new fan in me as I do like an easy book from time to time. If you like young adult fiction and easy reads, this book would be ideal for you.

From just reading the blurb alone, I was very excited to read this book. It sounded like a cute love story that I desperately needed after reading Gillian Flynn novels all summer so I picked it up straight after it arrived (even though I was already partway through That Summer by Sarah Dessen). The story started out promising but as it went on, it just felt more and more far-fetched - but I guess that's the beauty of fiction; it doesn't have to be an accurate representation of reality.

The pace of the book was perfect but without giving too much away, I think that the it also meant that some things that should've happened didn't and vice versa. This doesn't make much sense and I don't want to include any spoilers so we'll leave it at that as a bit of a paradox for the time being. This book is definitely a a feel-good one but nothing too dramatic happens in it. I was waiting for something big to happen or a twist that would've made my jaw drop but nothing did.

Overall, this is a book that is predictable but easy to read. It would be perfect for the summer (shame it wasn't released earlier in the year) or as a poolside read on holiday. I did enjoy reading parts of it but at other bits, it was so predictable that I found myself rolling my eyes to myself. As a self-confessed harsh critic, I give this book 5/10 as it's not the best book I've read but it's also not the worst - it's a middle-of-the-road kind of book and there's nothing wrong with that.


  1. I've just got this book! If you're looking for something with a plot with some clever twists but still with he same YA cute romance, check out My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, I think it is? Very good book. Also Trouble by Non Pratt, I read that the other day :).

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  2. I'm on my third Gillian Flynn book (read them all in a row!) so maybe i'll need this for a break after! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  3. Yeah, I can agree with your points about this book. It was predictable but I enjoyed it because it was a nice, easy little romance story to read. It was cute!

  4. Oooo! I love sara dessen! I loved the truth about forever and that summer!