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.
My Review without Spoilers
This is a very sweet and realistic book. And by realistic, I mean realistic! The developing romance between Lucy and Owen never felt fake and I could tell at once that this wasn’t some ditzy instant-love story. This was something more – a deeper connection, one that kept them together despite the miles separating them.
The story wasn’t written from Lucy and Owen’s perspective but it may as well have been. With all the traveling and moving going on in the book, there are chapters dedicated to sections of each character’s life and this means we get to really know them! I envied Owen for his casual acceptance of not knowing what the future held for him because I have always been someone to worry about my past, present and future… and to just sit back and let things happen? It would be too hard for me! But Owen does and he manages to live in the present.
Every location in this book was described in such a way that I felt like I was there. That is what I loved the most about this book. I want to read books that can take me places and that is exactly what this book did for me.
I recommend this book and I think it’s definitely worth giving it a go 🙂