Author: Adi Alsaid
Publisher: Harlequin Teen, 352 pages
Publication Date: July 29, 2014
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.
I enjoyed this book and here's why:
1. Road trip. Even though I don't like being in a car for long periods of time (I usually fly if it's over a four hour drive), there's just something about road trip books that I love. The whole exploring the country, seeing the sights and taking the time to appreciate them.
2. Unique POVs. It was so different that the story was told from the POVs of the people that Leila meets on her trip to Alaska. It's really five short stories about teenagers going through different things. A guy about to start college, a runaway, a guy in love with his best friend who finally confesses his love, a girl unable to let go of the memory of her high school boyfriend, and finally Leila, who has her own issues she needs to work out. I was very surprised by her back story, by the way.
I did have two issues with the book. One is actually what I liked about the book, the fact that it was told from everyone's POV except for Leila's (although we get her story in the last part). Because of that, I felt disconnected from Leila and I also didn't feel like I got to know the other characters as well since we didn't spend much time with them. The other issue is that the ending is sort of open. What's going to happen between those two? Given where they both are in their lives, it doesn't look like it will work. An epilogue would have been nice.
Let's Get Lost is a beautifully written book about self-discovery, filled with adventure, humor, and hope.
Posted by: Pam