Title: Let’s Get Lost
Author: Adi Alsaid
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Length: 339 Pages
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.
Let’s Get Lost had a lot of elements that I found charming. It touched on some very real struggles, as well as some very real and wonderful aspects of belonging to the human race. And the adventures…oh, the adventures. I love a book with mystery and exploration. All of the characters were pretty intriguing, but none of them were really very different from the characters I’ve read in the past. There were some repetitive elements in the plot, as well, but overall this was a pretty fun read.
The book follows Leila’s trip to Alaska (to see the Northern Lights!), but it’s told through other people she meets throughout her trip. This element didn’t work for me. I found myself frustrated with the different Points of View- they weren’t different enough, they were overly annoying, and I got the impression most of them were pretty passive characters. It contrasts nicely with Leila’s boldness, but it was still a rough spot for me.
I enjoyed the hints of sadness that were dropped from Leila’s overly bubbly personality. Someone that carefree is always hiding something, and I was refreshed when we finally got to hear the story from her own words. I didn’t really emotionally connect with her and her story, but I found her to be a very developed and interesting main character.
The biggest issue I had was the ending. It was too tidy. When there is emotional stuff going on and a lot of different elements that are brought up in the story, I kind of hate it when things resolve so nicely at the end.
All in all, though, it was a pretty good book and one that shows the talent of the author. I look forward to reading more of her works in the future.