Title: Let’s Get Lost
Author: Adi Alsaid
Genre: YA conteporary
Length: 352 pages
Published by: Harlequin
Source: received for review (thanks, Harlequin!)
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 is a novel told in five different sections.
Basically it’s like five novellas, or really long short stories. We have Hudson, Bree, Elliot, Sonia and then, finally, Leila. I guess I’ll go through them all separately? That sounds like the way to do it.
I didn’t like his POV too much. First of all: insta-love. And it annoys me so much when this happens. It was more tolerable than in some other books I’ve read, but still. Not great. I did like, though, that Hudson was figuring out that maybe he didn’t want to be the person he always THOUGHT he was supposed to be. That was a convoluted sentence. Also, there was a game called Drunkball, which sounded fun – it basically involved beer and random rules invented on the spot. And craziness. Which was a lot of fun.
Bree was my favourite character out of all of them. Her story felt the most real to me, and unlike some of the other characters, I didn’t feel like I’d been plonked in the middle of her story. It was quite sad in some parts, but I really liked how Leila was able to help her out. The family relationships were really strong in this one, and there was a lot of daring/rebellion. Plus a bit of stealing.
Considering I had to rack my brain remembering who he was, this was definitely my least favourite story. All the way through I was thinking…
Basically it’s just this guy Elliot who’s sad he got rejected by some girl, and he’s trying to win her back. Okay, so there’s a bit of humour with a karaoke event (although I totally saw that coming), but the rest of it made him seem really whiny. Plus, I hate the whole notion of the friend zone so that annoyed me too. Do not even get me started on the friend zone, though.
Now this one REALLY requires suspension of disbelief. Seriously, all sorts of crap goes down in this story. I couldn’t believe a lot of it, and one character in particular was COMPLETELY unrealistic. But even so, I did still enjoy it quite a bit. There’s a bit of sadness and not wanting to let people down, as well as trying to cross national borders.
I was really excited for Leila’s part of the story! All along we’d heard about her, and I was interested to see what her own story was like. And wow, that was unexpectedly sad. But at the same time, some of it came out of nowhere? Like I would have preferred more build-up. I loved how the Northern Lights fitted into her story, and one of the side characters (Dee) was adorable. So besides Bree, this one was my favourite. To the other characters, she was kind of like a fairy godmother. She was always there just when she needed help.
So it was nice to see HER story in the end.
I mean, it’s not going to be my favourite book in the world necessarily, but even so, it was an enjoyable read. My main complaints were that 1) I didn’t get to know some of the characters very well, and 2) some of them were pretty unlikeable anyway, and I couldn’t connect to their individual stories.
But just for Bree and Leila’s stories, you should read this. At its best, this book is about connections between strangers and how sometimes you have to fail in order to learn. And that’s okay. So even though this review might come across as pretty negative, I did enjoy reading it and I love how so many lives were touched by Leila’s presence, if only for a short time.
It’s times like these when I want to go on a road trip.