I received this book for free from the Publisher at BookCon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Published by Harlequin on 2014-07-29
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: the Publisher at BookCon
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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.
This was one of those books that I was highly anticipating. I’m not entirely sure why. I think it was a combination of the hype, the cover, and it being a road trip book, but my anticipation for this book just kind of took on a life of its own. When I saw the chance to grab a copy at BookCon, I took it. I stood in line for an hour for this book and after reading it, I’m happy to say that it was definitely worth it.
Let’s Get Lost is a road trip book but it’s also a lot more than that. The story is told from five different points of view: Hudson, Bree, Elliot, Sonia, and then lastly, Leila. Leila is the character that connects all of the characters. She’s a manic pixie dream girl who comes into their lives and seems to make things right for them and has no agenda or goals of her own and seems to get nothing in return, except maybe their friendships. She just shows up when needed and then leaves when everyone’s happy and back on track. She’s perfect. But we don’t really know her. We just get to see her through the eyes of different characters. Until the end. And this is really where the book’s brilliance comes through. We actually get to know Leila and find out about the journey she’s taken and why she took it and what she’s gained along the way. Without Leila’s POV, this book would have seemed almost pointless. And probably irritating considering Leila would not have had much depth to her and just been able to fix everyone’s problems. But Leila as the character that connects all of the others is perfect. And the reason’s for her road trip heartbreaking. But you’ll have to read the book to find out what they are.
I won’t say that I loved all of the characters, because I didn’t, but I did enjoy all of their stories. They were all unique, moving in their own ways, and important to the overall story. Hudson was definitely a favorite, as was Bree. Sonia’s was the saddest for me and Elliot’s was my least favorite and least memorable. But all four have their own stories to tell all around similar themes of love, loss, and living life. I was kind of blown away by the writing in this book. The ability to write five unique voices, the way Alsaid created literal and figurative journeys for five characters that all came together for one overall goal, and making me feel so many emotions in just one book. It’s hard to make a YA contemporary that’s not at least a little predictable but this book had moments I never saw coming that took my breath away. I was really impressed with the execution of this book. It could have been a mess, especially as a YA debut, but it was beautiful and even though I read this story over a month ago, I continue to think about it.
The best thing about this book is the beautiful writing and the overall theme. The idea that getting away from the things that we know and are familiar and comfortable with may be the perfect way of finding ourselves is brilliant. The journey that Leila goes on and the people she meets and helps, are really in turn helping her. I won’t give away the reasons that started Leila’s trip, if you read the book you’ll find that out on your own, but there was so much hope it her journey and I loved that. Everyone she spent time with was changed by her and is so grateful for their chance meetings with her but the end of the book shows just how each of those encounters affected her as well. The full circle of the story and the beautiful writing are reasons enough for you to read this. I really hope you’ll give it a chance.