The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith – Excerpt & Giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome to my stop for the EXCERPT TOUR for

The Geography of You and Me
by Jennifer E. Smith

The Geography of You and MeThe Geography of You and Me

by Jennifer E. Smith

YA Contemporary Romance

April 15th 2014 by Little, Brown for Young Readers

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.


Excerpt 9


And now here she was, in a box that seemed too tiny to hold so many memories, with the walls pressing in all around her and nobody to come to her rescue. Her parents were in Paris, across the ocean, as usual, on the kind of trip that only ever included the two of them. And her brothers—the only friends she’d ever really had—were now thousands of miles away at college.

When they’d left a few weeks ago—Charlie heading off to Berkeley, and Ben to Stanford—Lucy couldn’t help feeling suddenly orphaned. It wasn’t unusual for her parents to be away; they’d always made a habit of careening off to snow-covered European cities or exotic tropical islands on their own. But being left behind was never that bad when there were three of them, and it was always her brothers—a twin pair of clowns, protectors, and friends—that had kept everything from unraveling.

Until now. She was used to being parentless, but being brotherless—and, thus, effectively friendless—was entirely new, and losing both of them at once seemed unfair. The whole family was now hopelessly scattered, and from where she sat—all alone in New York—Lucy felt it deeply just then, as if for the very first time: the bigness of the world, the sheer scope of it.

Across the elevator, Owen rested his head against the wall. “It is what it is…” he murmured, letting the words trail off at the end.

“I hate that expression,” Lucy said, a bit more forcefully than intended. “Nothing is what it is. Things are always changing. They can always get better.”

He looked over, and she could see that he was smiling, even as he shook his head. “You’re totally nuts,” he said. “We’re stuck in an elevator that’s hot and stuffy and probably running out of air. We’re hanging by a cord that’s got to be smaller than my wrist. Your parents are who-knows-where, and my dad’s in Coney Island. And if nobody’s come to get us by now, there’s a good chance they’ve forgotten about us entirely. So seriously, how are you still so positive?”

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.
Tour-Wide Giveaway

– Hardcover copy of The Geography of You and Me

– ebook copy of The Geography of You and Me

– Open internationally

– April 8 – 22


  1. Thanks for being on the tour, Kathy!

  2. My favorite place in the world is Monterey, California 🙂

  3. Denise H says:

    My favorite place in the world is home.

  4. Patricia Walker says:

    I’m lucky enough to have traveled quite a lot and I’ve come to the conclusion that the best place I’ve ever seen is right here where I live – just on the edge of the Peak District in the UK

  5. Robbie B says:

    My favorite place is where ever my family is at.

  6. Looks like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. beautiful

  8. The best place in the world is Mar del Plata, Argentina. Beautiful beaches.

  9. lkish77123 says:

    My favorite place is San Diego, CA.

  10. Martha’s Vineyard! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. I’m so excited for this one- thanks for sharing and the giveaway! My favorite place in the world is home with my husband and my pups! 🙂

  12. Lindsey Beech says:

    My fav place in the world is my bed. I did absolutely love touring England though.

  13. Amanda M. says:

    My home, and my former college campus

  14. My favorite place in the world is home. Home is wherever my Mom is…and my dogs and cats. 🙂

  15. Home with my family!

  16. Normally, anyplace I can curl up with my book 😉 Right now though, I love my van / RV thing we have gutted and redone… full on futon in the back piled high with cushy blankets, walls lined with green sueded fabric, billows of sily green fabric on the ceiling for an airy tent feel… tons of pillows… ha!

  17. Fani Filippou says:

    my favorite place in the world is the place where my friends are

  18. thanks so much for the giveaway

  19. My favorite place in the world is where ever my kids are.

  20. Daniel M says:

    in bed reading or watching a movie

  21. My favorite place I’ve been is Costa Rica and my favorite place to go someday is Australia!

  22. This book sounds great! And I love the cover.

  23. My favorite place is anywhere I travel with my husband!

  24. My favorite place in the world is home, curled up in a comfy chair with a book. There’s no better place to be!