The Geography of You and Me

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Lucy lives on the twenty-fourth floor. Owen lives in the basement. It's fitting, then, that they meet in the middle -- stuck between two floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, Lucy and Owen spend the night wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is back, so is reality. Lucy soon moves abroad with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and to San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland, Lucy and Owen stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and phone calls. But can they -- despite the odds -- find a way to reunite?

Smartly observed and wonderfully romantic, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. Sometimes, it can be a person.
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About the author

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, The Geography of You and Me, 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 her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. She currently lives in New York City.
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Publisher
Poppy
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Published on
Apr 15, 2014
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780316254748
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Language
English
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Genres
Young Adult Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Dating & Sex
Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
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Jennifer E. Smith
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Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect. 

A Top Ten Summer '17 Kids Indie Next List Pick!

Praise for Windfall:

Featured in Seventeen Magazine's "What's Hot Now"

“Windfall is about all of my favorite things—a girl’s first big love, her first big loss, and—her first big luck.”
—Jenny Han, New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
 
“Windfall is perfectly named; reading it, I felt like I had suddenly found something wonderful. It’s a story about love, and luck, and the way our lives can change in an instant. I laughed and cried and bought a lottery ticket the very next day.”
—Morgan Matson, New York Times bestselling author of The Unexpected Everything
 
“Windfall is rich with the intensity of real love— in all its heartache and hope.”
—Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Isla and the Happily Ever After 

"If you’re looking for your next great read, then you’re in “luck!” Smith combines humor and emotion to capture these characters’ life-changing story, while teaching us all a bit about luck, love, kindness and the true meaning of home." —Justine Magazine

"Windfall is an absolutely brilliant story...you will def want to add this gem to your TBR pile."
—Susane Colasanti, bestselling author of When It Happens
Jennifer E. Smith
This romantic story of hope, chance, and change from the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is one Jenny Han says is filled with all of her "favorite things," Morgan Matson calls “something wonderful” and Stephanie Perkins says “is rich with the intensity of real love.”

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect. 

A Top Ten Summer '17 Kids Indie Next List Pick!

Praise for Windfall:

Featured in Seventeen Magazine's "What's Hot Now"

“Windfall is about all of my favorite things—a girl’s first big love, her first big loss, and—her first big luck.”
—Jenny Han, New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
 
“Windfall is perfectly named; reading it, I felt like I had suddenly found something wonderful. It’s a story about love, and luck, and the way our lives can change in an instant. I laughed and cried and bought a lottery ticket the very next day.”
—Morgan Matson, New York Times bestselling author of The Unexpected Everything
 
“Windfall is rich with the intensity of real love— in all its heartache and hope.”
—Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Isla and the Happily Ever After 

"If you’re looking for your next great read, then you’re in “luck!” Smith combines humor and emotion to capture these characters’ life-changing story, while teaching us all a bit about luck, love, kindness and the true meaning of home." —Justine Magazine

"Windfall is an absolutely brilliant story...you will def want to add this gem to your TBR pile."
—Susane Colasanti, bestselling author of When It Happens
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