Also by this author: This Is What Happy Looks Like
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 2014-04-15
Genres: Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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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? Smartly observed and wonderfully romantic, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. Sometimes, it can be a person.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
What I like most about Jennifer E. Smith’s is the character development. Jennifer really takes you into each character’s head– you end up falling in love with the characters as they are falling in love with each other. I love that Jennifer has such a fantastic way of showing her audience elements of her characters, rather than telling the audience about character traits. She does a great job with this in both dialog between characters and inner dialog.
I loved the extreme differences in the family lives of both Owen and Lucy– it really added another dimension to the contrast of the two characters.
I loved that even when they were apart, good or bad, Lucy and Owen sent postcards and found ways to communicate. There were multiple times I wanted to shake the characters and just scream, “JUST TALK, YOU IDIOTS.” But in the very best way. Even at the end, I had no idea if they would actually end up together.
Another great book (and cover! Man, I love her cover designer!) from Jennifer E. Smith. Add it to your shelf!