Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Excerpt Tour Launch: 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.



The two main characters, Lucy and Owen, from The Geography of You and Me first meet in New York, but then keep in contact from different places around the world before meeting up in New York again.

The author, Jennifer E. Smith, shared some of her favorite places in the world in preparation of Geography's release. We'd like to re-share them with you!


"First up, New York City, where I’ve lived for nearly a decade now, and where the book begins.  This city can be intense at times, but it’s also completely amazing and unlike anywhere else in the world." 



"If I didn’t live in New York City, I’d almost certainly want to live in London (preferably in the lavender house above, which I’ve had picked out for years!).

I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of time there, and those of you who have read THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT will have a sense of how much I adore it.  

Definitely one of my favorite places in the world."


"One of my other favorite places in the world is Ireland. I studied abroad in Limerick when I was in college, and completely fell in love with the country. I’ve been lucky enough to get back there several times since, and I can never get enough.

That’s me feeding a baby lamb at my friend’s farm in Mayo — and no, it’s not actually beer! I was so tickled to get to do this, until we went inside right afterwards for supper, which was….lamb. Ah, farm life."

Lake Tahoe is another one of my favorite places.  My family has gone pretty much every summer for the last fifteen years or so, and it’s absolutely beautiful. Another place I wish could be today…

"Lake Tahoe is another one of my favorite places.  My family has gone pretty much every summer for the last fifteen years or so, and it’s absolutely beautiful. Another place I wish could be today…"

My last favorite place for the day.  This is Doubtful Sound in New Zealand, where my sister and I went three years ago, just a few days after a devastating earthquake in Christchurch. (We’re wearing matching sweatshirts because we couldn’t ever get back to our bags, since our hotel was right next to the fallen cathedral.)
It was so odd to find ourselves in one of the most peaceful places on earth just days after experiencing one of the most chaotic ones, and it was exactly what we needed at the time.  I think of this place often, and I hope to visit it again someday…

"This is Doubtful Sound in New Zealand, where my sister and I went three years ago, just a few days after a devastating earthquake in Christchurch. (We’re wearing matching sweatshirts because we couldn’t ever get back to our bags, since our hotel was right next to the fallen cathedral.)

It was so odd to find ourselves in one of the most peaceful places on earth just days after experiencing one of the most chaotic ones, and it was exactly what we needed at the time.  I think of this place often, and I hope to visit it again someday…"


"St. Andrews in Scotland. When I daydream, this is usually what’s on my mind.  I went to grad school here, and it was one of the best years of my life. I love this place so much, and part of THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME is set in Scotland just so I had an excuse to keep daydreaming about it."

Another one of my favorite places is San Francisco. I think the picture says it all: hills, water, sailboats, nice weather. What’s not to love?

"Another one of my favorite places is San Francisco. I think the picture says it all: hills, water, sailboats, nice weather. What’s not to love?"

And Paris…because who doesn’t love Paris?

"And Paris…because who doesn’t love Paris?"

You can see all these posts in their entirety as well as the rest of Jennifer's favorite places in the world on Tumblr


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.

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- Hardcover copy of The Geography of You and Me
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- April 8 - 22

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