Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy, 352 pages
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
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.
I loved this book. Sweet and romantic, this is the story of Lucy and Owen, who form a connection during a blackout in New York City. Then they're separated, Owen road tripping across the country with his dad, and Lucy to Scotland with her parents. Owen has an aversion with technology (he doesn't even have a smart phone and he doesn't really like e-mail) so they keep in touch mostly through postcards, although those are actually few and far between. Even though they're both going through different things (Owen moving from place to place while his dad tries to find permanent work and Lucy adjusting to life in a different country), they can't seem to forget each other.
“How long could a single night really be expected to last? How far could you stretch such a small collection of minutes? He was just a boy on a roof. She was just a girl in an elevator.”
I felt such an emotional connection to both of these characters, and their story was idyllic and magical. The romance was subtle because they spend most of the book apart, but it is a romantic story, full of hope. Read it, you'll definitely have a smile on your face when you finish. So adorable!
Posted by: Pam