Title: Let's Get Lost
Author: Adi Alsaid
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Published On: July 29th 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
My Rating: 5 Stars
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. 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 don’t know if any of you guys know this, but I have a very big dream to one day go on a road trip. And I don’t mean the kind with your parents and your annoying siblings where the entire trip is family orientated and planned down to the very last detail. Don’t get me wrong, I love those kind too, but I want to go on a road trip alone or with friends where it’s spontaneous and adventurous and just… focused on enjoying everything and everyone that we see and come across.
And Let’s Get Lost does a darn fabulous job of fulfilling that fantasy, at least as much as a book can.
which is actually a lot, i mean that’s kind of why many people read. Not only that, but it also has a fabulous main character, Leila, an obnoxious red car, and an adorable romance. What more can you ask for? nothing.
Honestly, though, I enjoyed this book so much! I loved all of the characters. They were all so unique and different, and their interactions with Leila were so touching. I feel like a lot of what happened in this book regarding the characters may not have been very realistic… because I mean, who actually befriends total strangers that easily, and that often? I certainly don’t. However, I did admire that this was incorporated in the book and that it at least felt authentic, even if, after thinking about it more, it doesn’t seem realistic.
Also, I absolutely adored how much attention was paid to little details in the first town Leila stops at, when she meets Hudson, because it was so great. I loved reading about Leila and Hudson exploring all the little treasures of his town, such as the bowling alley and his island. Unfortunately, this attention to details such as those didn’t continue through the entire books as I’d hoped. On the other hand, this was sort of Hudson and Leila’s thing so I suppose it wouldn’t have worked the same with the rest of the characters Leila meets.
This leads me to the romance. Yeee.
Hudson and Leila were so cute – oh my gosh. Of course, Hudson is the first person Leila meets on her trip and it is how we are introduced to her story. Which is a little… annoying. I supposed I’d have liked to get to know Leila before the romance was introduced, but all in all it wasn’t the worst way to start the book. In fact, I think it works because of how the book ends. This is spoiler free, I promise.
Well, mostly anyway. It almost wraps it up perfectly by having the plot and characters come full circle. It’s like the beginning and ending just tie the little bow on this adorably packaged novel. If that made any sense. it probably didn’t. oops.
Throughout the book, Leila runs into several different people and she somehow helps each of them. I felt like she sort of helped them find themselves, and in the end, it turns out that she is actually searching for herself on this trip. I loved that, as cheesy and stereotypical as it may be, but if you’re going to go on a road trip, it might as well be a journey of self-discovery and adventure.
Overall, this was a slightly cheesy, idealization of a road trip adventure but it works. I loved nearly everything about this book, and I cannot to wait to read more from Adi Alsaid.
He tweeted me back and I fangirled like the weirdo I am because for some reason I’m still not used to that.
Obviously, I recommend this book to everyone. Seriously, it’s a fabulous book. I could probably fangirl about it forever and talk about how much I loved it… but I won’t.
If you’ve read Let’s Get Lost or just wanna chat about it, please do share your thoughts in the comments and/or on twitter.