Middle school students have reading interests that run the gamut from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Twilight. Sometimes as a parent it is hard to know what is age appropriate for your child. Through this blog, I will try to help parents make informed decisions about what is available in our library. I am hoping that this blog will be a resource for our parents, and that we can all work together to make our students life-long readers!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Geography of You and me

The Geography of You
and Me
by Jennifer E. Smith
From the publisher:
"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."

Once again this is a make-up review from the summer.  I do remember that I was disappointed in this one. I loved the author's This Is What Happy Looks Like , and was very excited for this one to be released, but it wasn't as good as I was expecting. It was nice, it was interesting, but I wasn't that invested in the characters and the love story was pretty weak.  However, it was fun to read, it was clean, and I mildly enjoyed it.

Areas of concern:
A clean romance.  One little note is that the characters start out the story as 16 and 17 years old, but the story takes time so the characters end up older than I like for middle school.

Suggested ages:
Publisher's Weekly - Ages 12+
School Library Journal - Grades 7+

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