Release Date: 15th April, 2014
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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.
I read this during an impulsive YA weekend romance binge, which is a bit unusual for me but was fun. And I think that sums up my general feeling toward this book: it was light, adorable fun.
So our main characters, Lucy and Owen, meet in an elevator (LIFT) during a city-wide blackout. Lucy is a private school girl from, I’m going to assume, a pretty rich background and Owen, in stark contrast, has just moved to the city with his grieving father after his mother’s death. Stuck in an elevator until they’re rescued, the two share a fairly magical night under extraordinary circumstances. The connection they share with each other reaches out across continents and oceans as the two live their lives – Lucy moves to Scotland and then England while Owen and his father road trip across America. They send each other postcards and emails, dancing around their feelings for each other (they want to make out with each other so bad) but like Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in every movie they’ve ever been in together, Owen and Lucy find their way back to each other each time.