Monday, July 28, 2014

Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Let's Get Lost
By: Adi Alsaid
Released: July 29, 2014
Source: ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"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" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I was really excited about Let's Get Lost because I just love road trip stories and this book turned out to be even more than just a road trip book. It's the story of how one girl came into the lives of four different strangers. 

Leila is on a road trip to Alaska to see the northern lights. On her way she meets Hudson, Bree, Elliot, and Sonia. First we meet Hudson who works in his dad's mechanic shop. He isn't sure if he really wants to leave his small town for college next year. Next we meet Bree who ran away from home. Bree has been living on the road for some time now and avoiding what she left back at home. Then there is Elliot who wants his prom night to end like in the movies. However, it seems like everything just keeps going wrong for him. Lastly there is Sonia who is afraid to fall in love again after losing her boyfriend. She is torn about being honest with herself or to continue to spare the feelings of the family she has become a part of.

I really enjoyed how the book was broken into five sections. Each section is told in a different perspective and the last section is told in Leila's. We briefly get to know each of these strangers and see the impact that Leila has on each of them. Then when we get to Leila's chapter, we see how each of these strangers has in turn impacted Leila on her journey. My favorite sections were definitely Leila's and Bree's.

The plot was paced well and I enjoyed how with each new section, we saw how Leila came into these stranger's lives. It kept the story moving. I liked that she only spent about a day with each of these characters because this isn't their story, it's Leila's. There were a lot of funny situations that arose though on her adventures with them. There were several times where I couldn't believe what they were getting themselves into. There were also really sweet and heartbreaking moments too. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book. Alsaid did a wonderful job bringing each section together. I definitely recommend this to fans of contemporary books who are looking for something different.

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1 comment:

  1. Road trip books are so much fun to read. And that is interesting that it is broken up into five sections. That makes me curious about it!! Glad you enjoyed it!

    Lovely, lovely review!

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