Title: Let’s Get Lost
Author: Adi Alsaid
Date of Publication: July 29, 2014
Source: e-ARC from Edelweiss
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 absolutely like this book. It’s one of my most anticipated reads for this year and I’m very glad to have been granted an opportunity to read this book. It’s full of adventures and different stories about finding yourself and finding home.
The book is basically about Leila finding herself and her past by taking a trip across America. Majority of the book was told in the POVs of the people that she met and helped changed their lives.
The first one, Hudson was pretty much uptight. His relationship with Leila can be described as an instant-love kind of thing and I really wish that they were given sufficient background as a foundation for their romance but I really loved what happened to their story at the end.
Next was Bree, she’s a real happy-go-lucky girl and very adventurous. I enjoyed her POV and her adventures with Leila. Her back story was really interesting and it’s really satisfying to see the conlusion of her story.
Elliot’s POV was my favorite.I was instantly drawn into his story. His love for 80’s movies was just too adorable and I loved the movie references throughout his part. I just love his persistence and willpower.
Sonia’s story was too heartfelt and lovely. It’s a mix of drama and comedy. I found Stoner Timmy’s character as confusing but really funny. The conclusion of her story was really touching.
The last part was in Leila’s POV. This was one of the best parts of the book. From there, a deeper explanation about Leila’s character was given. It was also touching and somehow fun and satisfying to read.Dee’s character was really adorable. I love her character being firm and strong for a girl of her age. Leila’s story was a great conclusion to the novel.
Overall, this book is very enjoyable to read. I’ve seen mixed reviews about this book though, but not once have I thought about putting the book down and not finishing it. I think that this book focuses more on the journeys of one person in life rather than the places themselves because the places that Leila has been in the book wasn’t really described in detailed and no popular landmarks were really mentioned in the novel.I think that the book depicted a good representation of how a person finds himself/herself in different ways.
ABOUT ADI ALSAID
Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, then studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it’s no surprise that after graduating, he did not go into business world but rather packed up his apartment into his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He’s now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he’s lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list. Let’s Get Lost is his YA debut.