I have a mini review for you today! A mini review is my short and sweet analysis of a book. You'll know in 350-ish words or less if this is a book I recommend.
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Pages: 311 (kindle)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: YA Fiction
Review Date: September 15, 2014
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: 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.
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
This story was cute. It felt fresh, full of teenage angst and longing. The days when a boy or girl would meet their soul-mate and it was all they could do not to dream over the idea of being with them every day. Well this book is exactly that. Lucy and Owen, meet on one night during a huge blackout and they are never the same. The both of them think about the other even though their lives take them in different directions. This book takes us all over the US and the world and back again. Lucy traveling from her home in NYC, to Edinburgh Scotland, to Prague, to Paris and finally to England. Owen going from his family home Pennsylvania to NYC, to Chicago, to Lake Tahoe to San Francisco finally landing in Seattle all in a span of 8 or 9 months. Time and distance is a lot for them to overcome and still stay connected having only that short time together. Heck even most adults can't pull off a long distance relationship of this magnitude and a few teenagers could, with a few bumps in the road of course.
I loved that the book seemed so realistic. The book started a few days before the beginning of the school year. Lucy's junior year and Owen's senior year. Obviously since they are kids and they go with thier parents. At this point in time, they have no say over where they live and that's a real struggle for teen loves. Distance makes the heart grow fonder and I think it did for them. The heat level was really for teens. A little kissing and that was it. Again, I liked that this wasn't about teenagers acting like adults, like most YA is now days.
I'd like to think they are each others first love. Will they stay together? Who knows, they are really young. Yet, enough it's really cute and heartwarming for a teenage love story.