Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spotlight: THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME by Jennifer E. Smith—Excerpt + Giveaway

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The Geography of You and Me
by Jennifer E. Smith

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.

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
 Publisher: Little, Brown for Young Readers
 Publication: April 15, 2014
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The boy hadn’t looked up when she’d slipped through the doors just a few minutes earlier, but instead kept his eyes trained on the burgundy carpet as they shut again with a bright ding. She’d stepped to the back of the elevator without acknowledging him, either, and in the silence that followed she could hear the low thump of music from his headphones as the back of his white-blond head bobbed, just slightly, his rhythm not quite there. She’d noticed him around before, but this was the first time it struck her how much he looked like a scarecrow, tall and lanky and loose-limbed, a study of lines and angles all jumbled together in the shape of a teenage boy.
He’d moved in just last month, and she’d watched that day from the coffee shop next door as he and his father carried a small collection of furniture back and forth across the gum-stained sidewalk. She’d known they were hiring a new superintendent, but she hadn’t known he’d be bringing his son, too, much less a son who looked to be about her age. When she’d tried getting more information out of the doormen, all they could tell her was that they were somehow related to the building’s owner.
She’d seen him a few more times after that—at the mailboxes or crossing the lobby or waiting for the bus—but even if she’d been the kind of girl inclined to walk up and introduce herself, there still was something vaguely unapproachable about him. Maybe it was the earbuds he always seemed to be wearing, or the fact that she’d never seen him talking to anyone before; maybe it was the way he slipped in and out of the building so quickly, like he was desperate not to be caught, or the faraway look in his eyes when she spotted him across the subway platform. Whatever the reason, it seemed to Lucy that the idea of ever meeting him—the idea of even saying something as harmless as hello—was unlikely for reasons she couldn’t quite articulate.

When the elevator had wrenched to a stop, their eyes met, and in spite of the situation, she’d found herself wondering—ridiculously—whether he recognized her, too. But then the lights above them had snapped off, and they were both left blinking into the darkness, the floor still quivering beneath them. There were a few metallic sounds from above—two loud clanks followed by a sharp bang—and then something seemed to settle, and except for the faint beat of his music, it was silent.

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Jennifer E. Smith is the author of This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her work has been translated into 27 languages, and her next young adult novel, The Geography of You and Me, will be out in Spring 2014.

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11 comments:

LitzaLou said...

My favorite place in the world (that I've been to) is Disneyland. No joke. I know it may sound incredibly juvenile, but I simply love it. I love the smells and how clean it is and the shops and the rides and the nostalgia and I don't even mind the lines. For me, it is definitely the happiest place on earth. If we're talking cities, I love Seattle! So very very much! :)

Dinky said...

My favorite place in the world is London. I was there only three times, but I love this city so so so much! I love people, atmosphere, sights, everything! :)

Meredith Richardson said...

My family owns a condo in Ft. Meyers Beach, Florida that is just amazing. My extended family all like to go down there at least once a year so that we can enjoy the beautiful weather and catch up with each other.

Kristina Vallaste said...

Hard to say, all my favourite things seem to always change according to my moods. But I'm gonna say this --> http://www.discover-baltics.com/files/images/Estonia/Saaremaa/kuressaare.jpg
There's a perfect reading spot on the ravelin to the right, with a big monument with a wide edge you can sit on and have a beautiful view around you :)

Stephanie T. said...

In books :) Or on my laptop in bed is nice too.

Taswmom said...

I don't really have a favorite place, but anywhere with my family.

Cindy said...

right now my home, because i'm living in another country where i'm studying, my home with my bed, family and cats is my favorite place :) thanks for the giveaway!

Nicole Hewitt said...

I've been hearing good things about this book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Nicole Hewitt said...

Oops! For the giveaway, I guess I should have said my favorite place in the world - I love the mountains!

Bube said...

My home and in books :)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

Sarah P said...

Colorado!
Thanks for the giveaway, this book looks awesome!

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