Title: Let's Get Lost
Author: Adi Alsaid
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.
Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.
There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.
Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.
If you follow me on Twitter or anything, you might have seen how I was so incredibly excited for this book. I could not wait to read it. So when I won a copy, I'm pretty sure I squealed out loud. And I'm so happy to say that even with all my built up expectations for this book, it did not really disappoint.
This book is told in five parts, which makes it so unique and adds depth to the story. While the story is mainly about Leila's trip north, it is also about these four other kids she meets on the way there, and how her life intersects with theirs.
The story starts with Hudson--genius kid who loves working in his father's mechanic shop. Then, we meet Bree, a runaway with no plans for her life, other than living in the moment. Next comes Elliot, who was not having the prom night of his dreams. And lastly, Sonia, who is living in the shadow of her boyfriend's death. Each of these characters were so different and unique. They didn't blend together or sound the same. Each had their own voice. While some were easier to relate to than others, some just more likable than others, they were all still fun to read about.
And of course, Leila herself. (I think Gaby called her basically a fairy godmother, which is kind of how I imagined her while reading. Thanks, Gaby.) Leila was unique because we first got to know her through four different perspectives before getting to her own POV. It definitely added a bit of mystery and curiosity, because we know nothing about Leila, only what she tells everyone else. And I will say, I was not expecting what her actually story was.
Road trips, finding yourself, this book has everything to love. This book was also very thought-provoking, and emotional (not in a tears way, necessarily, but in a wow that was pretty deep way). But, it wasn't all serious. There were also plenty of laughs, and fun times. I would say that this book, even with its more serious issues, it still just a really great feel-good book.
Alsaid's writing style will definitely draw you in. I think everyone could find someone to relate to. And while some plot points were definitely unrealistic or a bit too much, this book was still a very fun read and I loved it.
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