by Mónica González
Lucy and Owen met in an elevator, during a statewide blackout, in the middle of New York. She lives on the 24th floor, he lives on the basement. They are two very different people that will soon learn the true meaning of love and how it may change you, no matter how many miles apart you may be.
After a magical night of mischief, melting ice cream and shining stars over the Manhattan sky, the two go off on separate journeys, with the promise of staying in touch. When Lucy moves to Europe and Owen goes on a cross-country job search with his father, that’s when the postcards start flooding in. As a joke, they started corresponding with beautifully cliché postcards of national landmarks with short messages that told how they truly felt for one another. Soon enough, when they both find themselves settled in a steady place, they see no point on sending postcards that they’ve already sent, so they choose to move on. But will that determination to move on be enough against their true feelings or will they find a way to meet again?
This story is one of those classic “boy meets girl, girl has to go far away, destiny will make them find each other, then they live happily ever after… or so you think.” It was a pretty enjoyable novel with simple, yet, deep enough characters that you never got tired of getting to know. Each of them multi-layered, with each layer more complex than the one before.
Lucy had felt an orphan from the start, but never had she felt truly alone, unlike in the starting point of the novel. Owen, who had always known just one place his entire life, who had grown up with his parents right behind him, feels like half his soul has been torn apart after his mother died. You can see her pain, and his grief, throughout the book, but you also watch them heal with time.
I feel like Jennifer E. Smith managed to portray perfectly the levels of commitment, uncertainty, and even pain, that usually comes with loving someone an ocean away. It’s not necessarily tragic, but it’s not a breeze either. Lucy and Owen were the perfect balance between keeping it together and losing it under their circumstances.
In the end, I chose to give this story a 4 out of 5 stars because of how it handled the topics, the relatable characters, the realistic execution and because I enjoyed it very much.