There are times when I feel like escaping from reality for a while, there are times when I want to live an interesting life because mine is just too boring and there are times that I also want to feel what it’s like to be in love with a perfect guy, and the only solution to these is to read a good book and let my imagination go wild.
Being the hopeless romantic I am, I’m totally a huge fan of Young-Adult Romance Novels, especially those tragedy ones (I like crying). It all started thanks to John Green’s (also my favorite author) famous book, The Fault in Our Stars. It was the first ever book that made me cry so hard and wrecked my heart into pieces.
After reading The Fault in Our Stars, I became fond of reading romance novels. I craved for more sweetness and I wanted to read more books! That’s why I started searching for good Young-Adult books to read. In the midst of making my To-Read List, I stumbled upon the synopsis of the book, The Geography of You and Me written by Jennifer E. Smith, and let me tell you, from the very first moment I read the title, I was totally hooked to it and I told myself “This will be the next”.
And the book didn’t fail to make me a hopeless romantic, the story was splendid! After I fell in love with the story of The Geography of You and Me, I was craving for more of Jennifer Smith’s lovey-dovey novels! and so, I started reading some of her books, and man, I couldn’t get enough.
Who Is Jennifer E. Smith?
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.
“…I really like writing for teens, there is no better audience out there. I think that when you read something that resonates at that age, it’s such a powerful thing. There is something really electric about that time of life, and books are lightning rods for all that emotion.”
– Jennifer E. Smith
Her works + Synopsis:
Windfall (will be out on May 2, 2017):
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.
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between:
On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?
The Geography of You and Me:
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.
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?
Ellie O’Neill and Graham Larkin fell hard for each other when a misspelled email address unexpectedly brought them together. Now, over a year has passed since they said goodbye with the promise to stay in touch, and their daily emails have dwindled to nothing. Ellie is a freshman in college and has told herself to move on, and Graham has kept himself busy starring in more movies, as well as a few tabloid columns. But fate brought these two together once before—and it isn’t done with them yet.
This Is What Happy Looks Like:
When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.
Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie?
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight:
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.
You Are Here:
Emma and her neighbor Peter are both lonely in a way that only bothers them occasionally. They both come from families they don’t quite understand. They both feel like something big is missing from their lives—and they’re both about to search for answers. When Emma makes a discovery that shakes the foundations of her identity, she convinces Peter to join her for a road trip. Each of them has something to find: For Emma, it is a grave—a grave that may be her only connection to her family. Peter is seeking something harder to define, but perhaps easier to navigate—a freedom, a sense of something more than what he has. Together, they take to the open road, engaging in a universal quest to make sense of who they are and where they come from…and learning a thing or two about love along the way.
The Comeback Season:
Ryan is once again filled with hope as she makes her way to the game. Good luck is often hard to come by at a place like Wrigley Field, but it’s on this day that she meets Nick, the new kid from her school, who seems to love the Cubs nearly as much as she does. But Nick carries with him a secret that makes Ryan wonder if anyone can ever really escape their past, or believe in the promise of those reassuring words: “Wait till next year.” Is it too much for Ryan to hope that this year, this season, might be her comeback season?
The Storm Makers:
What starts as an ordinary summer turns exciting and perilous for twins Ruby and Simon when strange occurrences begin happening on their farm — sudden gusts of wind, rainstorms, and even tornado warnings — that seem eerily timed to Simon’s emotions.
Then a stranger arrives and tells the twins that Simon is a Storm Maker — part of a clandestine group of people entrusted with controlling and taming the weather — and that he is in great danger. Soon Simon and Ruby must race against the clock as they try to master Simon’s powers in time to stop a rogue Storm Maker’s treacherous and potentially deadly plans.
In this thrilling new adventure, loyalties can shift as quickly as the wind . . . and the ordinary can turn extraordinary in the blink of an eye.
Jennifer Smith became my favorite author after I read This Is What Happy Looks Like, a story about a teenage movie star who accidentally sends small town girl an email about his pet pig. This story is too good to be true and I love it! I did not just fell in love with the plot and book itself but I also fell in love with the characters, especially Graham Larkin my baby.
Anyways, the way she wrote her books is fantastic and one thing I loved about her concept is that she always make every love story an insta-love. She actually made me believe in love at first sight and that made me even more hopeless romantic.
Her books takes me to another world, to a world that I want to be in were everything is almost perfect, where I know there’s a happy ending for me, and it kinda feels good to have an escape once in a while from reality and just spend your time jumping to another dimension and that is the world of the book that you are reading.
I recommend all Jennifer Smith’s book to everyone, you guys will not regret reading her books. It’s fantastic!