Let's Get Lost
By: Adi Alsaid
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Source: ARC from BEA
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 book was totally different then what I expected it to be before reading it. What I thought this book would be, based on a first glance, is a coming of age story of teens who take a road trip, get into a mild amount of harmless trouble, somewhere along the way fall in love with each other, get where they were going, and realize the true meaning of life, blah blah blah. That isn’t what this book is. And I am so thankful that I read it. This was a thoughtful description of the stories of four different people, who live in different states, who don’t really have anything in common except for two things: they are both in the middle of pivotal, make or beak moments in their lives, and they all seem to end up in Leila’s car.
Each of the four characters has a real story. They each have a story that is completely relatable, in a non-melodramatic, brooding teenager kind of way. Whether it is getting into college, prom, family drama, finding love, losing love, these are all things that you were able to relate to at one point in your life. I think one of the reasons that I really enjoyed this book is just how raw it was. These characters are all at their lowest point, and the author is really able to convey that through his writing. There isn’t any sugar coating either. The characters get into bad, real life situations, and no one comes to save them. They figure it out on their own. I appreciated that, while this book could be anyone, the book is still exciting. There is suspense, and you really don’t know how the main characters are going to end up. These characters could easily be one of my longtime friends, just from how well we get to know them. There were a few people that, while reading, I got super attached to.
The main character Leila adds mystery to book the whole way through, and you never quite know what to expect, but for some reason, as a reader, I trusted her. I think that also added to the book; wanting to know Leila’s story. And the twist at the end of the book was surprising and fantastic.
One thing I love, as a reader is quotes. This book is chalk full of little lines that, I highlighted in my book and now I find myself thinking about them on a daily basis. So even though it is Thursday, I am going to leave you guys with a quote with from one of the main characters, “Seize the Tuesday”.
That’s all for now! Thanks so much for reading my review. Questions, comments, and concerns are all welcome and appreciated. Alyssa will be back with a review next Thursday. See you in two weeks!