Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Borrowed from the library
My Rating 4 Stars
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.
REVIEW This is my first Jennifer E. Smith book, so I wasn’t sure how it would be for me, but it’s been on my wish list since last year. I’m getting back to reading a lot of YA Contemporary, and this was a perfect add to my reading list. It’s very realistic, which may be the reason I enjoyed it.
This book is about long distance relationships. Whether they are friendship or love; If you care, no amount of distance – nor time – can make that bond disappear. Lucy and Owen gave this story life. I loved the moment of their meeting, no matter how scary it was. I imagined being trapped in an elevator during a city wide blackout, and I would have probably passed out. I’m all for getting from one floor to another, as long as it’s quick. I don’t like closed up spaces, which is why I never enjoyed being inside closets or riding in the back of a 2 door car. They didn’t freak out, which I expected Lucy to do. They talked and waited to be rescued. In that time, they shared little about themselves and from then on a friendship was formed.
But, all things good come from hard work and sacrifice. As Lucy and Owen embark on different paths, they are determined to keep in touch. What I liked about this book the most is the character growth in Lucy. She’s not so much the invisible girl she was when we are first introduced to her. She moves on with her life and travels like it’s the right of her life. Owen, however, comes from a very different background than Lucy. His story is heartbreaking, but also uplifting. I love the way that he takes care of his dad and relishes in the memories of his mother. They keep in touch via post cards and email, which really wasn’t much – but they get to know how the other is doing.
This book is not about happily-ever-afters. It’s about the power of friendship and the bumps along the road to finding yourself. I’m not spoiling it, but the ending really surprised me. I really thought that I knew how it would end, but it took a completely shocking turn. Considering all that this book held, you’d think that everything would be out in the open. As this felt so anticlimactic, it really changed my feelings for the book as a whole. Still, it’s worth getting lost in; especially for teens. I am looking forward to more from this author and definitely recommend checking out this book.