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Estelle: The Geography of You and Me by Jen E. Smith

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 15, 2014 Publisher: Little Brown/Poppy Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: New York City, travel, relationships with parents, long distance friendship/romance Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Owen and Lucy get stuck in […]

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June 20, 2014 - 1:01 am

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith [thoughts] | - […] it, but The Geography of You and Me sounded interesting and I saw some love for it from Estelle (hm, she must write great reviews because I seem to link back to her a lot!) and I remember […]

June 1, 2014 - 4:51 am

Judith - I was just kind of intrigued by this one before, but OMG IT SOUNDS AMAZING! I just love the sound of the story, and I think Jen E. Smith always writes books with amazing concepts. I actually thought it was going to be about one night, much like Statistical Probability was about one day, but I love that it’s longer than that. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!!

April 27, 2014 - 6:09 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh, this sounds really good! I loved Statistical Probability but was a little on the fence about This is What Happy Looks Like (mostly because I thought it was fun and cute but ultimately not that memorable). This one sounds like it might be more up my alley, and it’s got your stamp of approval. I definitely need to give it a shot!

April 19, 2014 - 12:01 am

Book Review | The Geography of You and Me | Jennifer E. Smith | Tripping Over Books - […] Estelle @ Rather Be Reading: “The way [Lucy and Owen] miss each other is never angsty or dramatic either… it feels incred… […]

April 5, 2014 - 6:52 pm

Katy - This one sounds pretty cute! I wasn’t sure it would be for me, but I feel like giving it a shot now. Their interactions, and the realism and a bit of awkwardness sounds like it’s enjoyable. The fact that they learn a lot about themselves makes it even better!

April 4, 2014 - 9:52 pm

Alexa S. - Your review for this book is absolutely GORGEOUS, E. I’m seriously obsessed with how perfectly worded it is. You definitely hit the nail on the head here. The Geography of You and Me was a wonderful read, and I loved it oh so much!

April 4, 2014 - 11:50 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Yay! I’m so glad this one was such a winner. I’ve been looking forward to it for a while. Love how JES incorporates so many different types of meetings in her books and this one sounds just so unique. Like a fantasy meet cute that COULD happen… but really only happens in rom coms. Can’t wait to read this myself! Great review!

April 4, 2014 - 10:07 am

Meg - Sounds like a really great read! I love novels that hop across different locations, and the idea of one magical evening is pretty appealing to me. Reminds me, in a different way, of “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.”

April 3, 2014 - 4:38 pm

alice-jane - I just started The Geography of You and Me and I like it so far! I’m glad that you found it so realistic, which definitely makes me want to finish the book sooner! I like how the characters seem more realistic, which was my problem with This Is What Happy Looks Like. I found This Is What Happy Looks Like cute and adorable, but that was it. Hopefully, The Geography of You and Me delivers and I’ll like it as much as you did.

April 3, 2014 - 10:16 am

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I think you listed all my favourite things about Jennifer E. Smith’s novels in your review, and I’m so pleased that this one delivered too. I’ve been desperate to read it ever since I read the premise, there’s something quite awesome about the idea of two people thrown together in a blackout and that night having a bigger effect on them than they expected. It’s nice to see that they don’t stop living their lives because of one another too. Ugh, I’m seriously pining hard over this one now! Lovely review 🙂

April 3, 2014 - 9:41 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I finished this one not too long ago. I liked it, and it was definitely what I expect from Jennifer E. Smith novels. My only quibble is that I wasn’t able to really connect to Lucy and Owen. I thought they were adorable and so cute, but I think the whole time I was reading it, I knew they weren’t real.

I’m glad you liked this one, though. It sounds like you didn’t have the same kind of expierence during the 2003 blackout that Lucy and Owen did 🙂

Shelve It: Zac Efron and Breaking Book Bans

Hiya! Tell me if I’m alone: you know you have to do a v-log but you are either not showered, just came back from the gym, or too darn tired to collect the books all over your apartment. This was me, so now it’s Sunday morning and I’m giving you a pajama party v-log. My […]

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February 27, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Leah - I can DEFINITELY get behind pj party vlogs!

Okay Liza Palmer – I need to see what all the fuss is about! At this point I think I’m the only person who hasn’t read her stuff. I’ve checked a few times and my library has a few of her books, next time I stop by I’ll have to (finally) pick one up!

Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to how to pronounce Moyes. I default to Moy-es, though I’ve heard others say Moys. 🙁 Who knows!

February 27, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Alexa S. - I still think you look pretty cute, E! I rarely have makeup on in my vlogs, so I think I’m just used to being on camera without it at this point 😉 Anyway, your book buying to break your ban sounds epic! HAPPY READING. (PS – Read Brooklyn Girls! I’m reading the sequel now and it’s SO FUN.)

February 24, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - So I’m at work right now, so I can’t watch your vlog 🙁

I’ll have to watch it when I get home. I’ve only done a few vlogs, but not in ages, because, like you, I’m in my PJs and just not looking good. Although from the thumbnail, you are looking very glamorous and I LOVE your glasses.

I had decided to NOT request The Geography of Me and You, because I’m trying to not go crazy with the requesting of ARCs, but I totally caved and requested it the other day.

February 24, 2014 - 7:36 am

Alice - Brilliant haul Estelle! 😀 😀 SO jealous of the gorgeous books. Pajama party vlogs are awesome! Who cares anymore anyway. You gotta vlog when you gotta vlog. 😉 And your hair looked fabulous in it anyway. No biggie at all!

February 23, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I love watching your v-logs, and honestly wouldn’t notice (or care) if your hair was messy! Looks like some great books for you this week … I hadn’t heard about the controversy over September Girls, but I’m not super interested in mermaid books anyways, so it wasn’t on my radar to begin with. But I’ll look forward to reading your review!

Also, YAY — I’m SO glad that you read (and loved) Me Before You. That was, hands down, one of my favourite reads of 2013 and I’m looking forward to reading some more of her books.

I’ve read Smack and Doing It by Melvin Burgess. He’s definitely a very “out there” YA writer because he writes about really heavy topics. I thought for some reason that he was dead, but I guess not if he’s coming out with new books?

February 23, 2014 - 4:47 pm

April Books & Wine - The Geography Of You And Me has such delicious prose, I hope you love it!

MATTHEW QUICK! My 2013 favorite!

Hah, I have not done a vlog in months because I am always just coming in from the gym or in PJs or do not feel like putting on makeup. It’s awkward. Alas.

Enjoy the new books!

February 23, 2014 - 3:29 pm

The Bookish Manicurist - I have done the same thing with September Girls, I added it, removed it, and now I want to add it again. I think I let negative reviews put me off a little too quickly!

Good to see your face, lady 😉

Sweet Summertime Reads: Setting the Scene (Jennifer E. Smith)

Note from Estelle: I am not ashamed to call myself a Jennifer E. Smith cheerleader. Since I read through all of her books last year, Jennifer has easily become one of my go-to authors. This year, she released a sweet story called THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE about every girl’s dream: falling for and […]

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July 9, 2013 - 8:52 pm

Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) - I love this! It’s great to see the setting that’s in a favourite book of mine. 🙂 I loved This is What Happy Looks Like!

July 9, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Tara - I love that Jennifer took pieces of different places to create the setting for Happy. Setting is so important to me when I read a story and I can’t wait to see these places meld together. I still need to read Happy and I think it’s going to have to happen before summer ends!

July 9, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Alexa Y. - I adore this post! I absolutely love Jennifer’s books, at least the ones I’ve read so far (and I think that’s everything except the MG one and Comeback Season). The setting of This is What Happy Looks Like was one of my favorite things about the book, so it’s pretty fascinating to hear the story of how it all came together!

July 9, 2013 - 10:19 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - What a great post! First of all, and most importantly, I didn’t realize that Jennifer E Smith had written more than Happy and Probability!! (Bad me!) BUT hooray for finding new books! So I’ve made some notes and I never would’ve realized probably had I not seen this post so THANK YOU, ladies! Second of all: SETTING. I just love a great setting so much, and I love reading this. Now when I grab This Is What Happy Looks Like, this will resonate with me as I read. So thank you again, ladies! E, you know that I love books set around the water/sea and this sounds like it needs to be moved up on my to-read list. Doggone it, E. You do this to me every time. ALSO You Are Here sounds like it might be an Asheley book??? Thoughts? LOVE THIS POST.

July 9, 2013 - 10:13 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - I’m also a cheerleader for JES. Much like the title of her latest novel, her books make me happy inside. Is this what happy feels like? I think soooooo!

This guest post just makes me want to visit Montauk, find an ice cream shop and taste all the flavors of summer.

July 9, 2013 - 10:05 am

Jamie - I didn’t mention this in my review (and DUH I should have) but the sense of setting in this book was REALLY awesome and having been to Maine one summer I thought she nailed it and it really made me want to go back tbh!

I also loved the part about writing setting because, as you know, I’m starting out on my own little writing journey and that paragraph made a lot of sense to me. Bookmarking it for further use!

July 9, 2013 - 9:16 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Such inspirational words! I’m a huge fan of settings, both in what I read & what I write. I completely agree that it’s best to take pieces from personal places you’ve experienced & piece them together to create something new. It definitely fulfills the story and creates a richer atmosphere.

I still need to read Happy. It’s on my TBR list. I’m thinking this should happen before summer ends. Great post!

July 9, 2013 - 9:08 am

Bookworm1858 - Agree that the setting for HAPPY felt very summery. Though I’ve never visited Maine, it really evoked a strong sense of place for me and made me eager to give it a visit!

It’s That Time of Year…

I really like using Christmas carols to express joy all year round. This time? Baseball is back, baby! It’s almost been a full month of baseball on our television (pizza Fridays are so much better with it) and just last week, my husband and I went to our first game in a pretty long time. […]

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April 5, 2015 - 9:01 am

Now Batting: Books and Baseball - […] written about my love of the game before, and even included a few of my baseball book recommendations. While I’m knee deep in nostalgia over the Sunday afternoons I spent at the ballpark with my […]

April 27, 2013 - 2:13 pm

Lisa - Yes! Thank you. I’ve been wanting to read some books with baseball involved. Woo!

April 24, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Alexa Y. - This post makes me absurdly happy in a way I can’t explain. I’m not a baseball fan per se (though I love the food associated with the game, as you well know), but there’s something thrilling about the sport (and at least I understand it, unlike American football). I love your baseball book suggestions! I need to read one or two or ALL of these.

April 23, 2013 - 9:05 pm

Greg - It isn’t a very “girly” book, but I always recommend “The Soul of Baseball” by Joe Posnanski.

April 23, 2013 - 5:58 pm

Kimmy - Love this post! I’m a big baseball fan too (go Toronto Blue Jays!) and I’m definitely going to check out some of these books.

April 23, 2013 - 10:08 am

kit - Have you read The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach? I read it a while ago and that has a baseball theme, I really enjoyed it. I’m reading an Australian YA novel at the moment (The Whole of My World by Nicole Hayes) which is focused on a girl and her love of football. My favourite sport-themed book is Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch (about football in England), but I like books about extreme sports as well – surfing and mountain climbing, stuff I’d probably never do but like reading about!

April 23, 2013 - 9:11 am

Ginger @ GReads! - There’s nothing like a hot dog & a beer at the ballpark 🙂 I haven’t read too many books with sports themes, and not because I don’t want to, just haven’t come across a lot. Being from Texas I have a soft spot for anything “Friday Night Lights”. I’m not a huge football fan, but there’s something about those high school games – so much passion & innocence – I want a book about that!

April 2013 Young Adult Book Releases

Happy Saturday, friends! I hope you have safe travels if you’re on the road to visit family this weekend. If you’re at home snuggled up with a book, I’m living vicariously through you. Dustyn and I are doing lots of traveling. Don’t you worry, though, I’ll be reading a book in the car. There are […]

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March 31, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - Can’t wait to read The Elite! I fell in the love with the first one and I’m excited to see where the author is going to take the story. Plus the covers are gorgeous!

March 30, 2013 - 8:28 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Well, crap. I feel like How I Lost You is going to make me sob buckets. But I really, really want to read it!

Also, yayyyy for summery covers!

March 30, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Annie - Ohmigod, so many good books! I absolutely cannot wait for April. You can count on the fact that I will be the first person in the bookstore on each and every day. So excited!!! Especially for This Is What Happy Looks Like and The Symptoms of Insanity! 🙂

March 30, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Rachel - Well, my TBR list just got WAY longer. I didn’t know there were so many contemps coming out this month! The covers for How I Lost You and How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True are so pretty! I’m excited to finally be able to read The Boyfriend App. I feel like I’ve been waiting for forever for that one.

March 30, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - April is such a great book month! I’m looking forward to so many of these books, although I’m sure my purse isn’t, haha!

March 30, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Leoni - Lots of exciting books! The Program sounds interesting, I’m looking forward to reading reviews for it and yes April 23rd is looking very summery! 🙂

March 30, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Nancy @ Tumbling Books - I want all of these, but especially The Elite, The Program, and Taken. April needs to get here quicker!

What Happy Looks Like: Dream Boyfriends

Happy Tuesday pals! Today I’m celebrating the two-week mark before Jennifer E. Smith’s new book This is What Happy Looks Like comes out! (If you didn’t catch my review from last week, here ya go.) In the book, Ellie and Graham meet online when Graham sends an email and it lands in her inbox by […]

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April 17, 2013 - 12:34 am

Sarah - Oh, Jesse. He’s on Army Wives now, too. I’ve always loved him so much, and since he’s only two years older than me, I think I can make it happen. Haha

March 28, 2013 - 7:05 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - This post cracked my shit up, Estelle. My heart always Teen Beated for Jon from NKOTB. Devon Sawa! The Annexation of Puerto Rico!! Did you ever watch The Sandlot or Mighty Ducks? Mike Vitar and Vincent A. LaRusso… mmm.

March 19, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Oh, Joshua Jackson. ♥ He was my dream boyfriend for the longest time. (Oh, who am I kidding? He is still crazy high on the list! LOL.)

March 19, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - Jesse McCartney and Zac Efron were my first celebrity crushes! (Followed soon after by Nick Jonas and then Orlando Bloom.) I love Jeremy Jordan. His voice is INCREDIBLE.

March 19, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This is the best blog post ever. EVERRR.

I just love the New Kids and I’m not ashamed that I NEVER stopped listening to them, although I did not bring my posters and magazine clippings to my house after I got married.

Oh goodness, despite my age and (supposed) maturity level, I spend so much time fangirling/swooning over handsome heartthrobs for different reasons. My #1 is James Franco BECAUSE goodness gracious have you LOOKED AT HIM? I also really love Lee Pace because of course. Justin Timberlake because has moves. MOVES, I tell you. Gerard Butler because when he opens his mouth, that perfect accent just OOPS! falls right out. *swoons* Also I’m very extremely fond of Simon Neil from the band Biffy Clyro because that voice, that voice, that voice. You can even hear his accent when he sings, have mercy.

James Franco. Jamessss Francoooo. <3

I do not have any posters on my walls anymore but I do have some musicians on my phone wallpaper and lock screen. 🙂

March 19, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - Really excited about Jennifer’s new book, especially after reading your awesomesauce review. Totally digging the concept!

My first ever childhood crush was JTT (still am kinda crushing on him, actually) followed by Andrew Keegan and River Phoenix. Unfortunately, one of them is no longer with us (thanks, bad choices!) but I’m not ashamed at all to admit that I was hard-core crushing. Oh yeah, and there was also Drew Lachey from 98 Degrees. I watched Dancing With The Stars just to commemorate my former love for the man (and I do hate that show)! Woot!

March 19, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Alexa Y. - I may or may not be obsessing over this post a little right now. Okay, maybe a LOT. But seriously, you’ve named some of my favorite hotties – Joshua Jackson, Jesse McCartney and Zac Efron (especially Zac!). I love it. I love this post. It seriously made my day.

When I was in elementary/high school, I was obsessed first with Brian (in BSB) and then with Justin (in NSYNC). I also went through a phase where I loved Duncan (from British boyband Blue) and Ben (from British boyband a1) and Shane (from Irish boyband Westlife). Is it obvious I had a thing for boy bands?

ANYWAY. Currently, I swoon over Zac Efron at any moment. And Ian Somerhalder and his awesome eyes. GAH.

Also, I am SUPER excited to read Jen’s book!

March 19, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Asti (A Bookish Heart) - Love this post! Cute was to tie the book to your real life 🙂
When I was a teen it was all about Christopher Kirkpatrick from NSYNC. I’m not sure why… I can’t imagine it was the dreadlocks that won me over. I’m pretty sure it was just because I wanted to like one that no one else seemed to like. Huh.
The one that took over when I was older, and has stuck with me ever since, is Johnny Depp. I’m assuming it’s his dark and dirty vibe that wins me over, but I would do anything to just see him in person. Plus he plays guitar, and that’s hot.

March 19, 2013 - 11:38 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Hahaha what a fun post!!! 🙂
I was all about Devon Sawa too (I fell in love with him in Casper!) and that’s why I loved William from Downton Abbey so much. He totally reminded me of Devon Sawa!

March 19, 2013 - 10:59 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh yes, I was a Pacey fan too. It was Joey from the New Kids that littered my walls, though. Notice I said “New Kids” and not NKOTB? haha I think the acronym started after my fandom died out. I was also a fan of Jordan Catalono (Jared Leto) during the My So-Called Life days. Oh that boy!! And if we’re going way back… Brandon and Dylan from 90201 (the original!!) haha.

March 19, 2013 - 10:55 am

Hemborgwife - I used to have posters up of the guys they would put in Teen Vogue and my dad was always so embarrassed by it!
I was kinda weird though and was really into Benicio del Toro for some reason!

March 19, 2013 - 10:29 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - Joshua Jackson! You know he’s on my list (growing up and still to this day). Then I remember also loving David Boreanaz, Justin Timberlake & JC from ‘NSync and AJ from Backstreet Boys back in high school. But currently, I’d say Ian Somerhalder and Joseph Gordon-Levitt 🙂 Such a fun post! And even though I didn’t mention Zac Efron.. I do agree that he’s pretty hot.