Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Published by Harlequin Teen on July 29th 2014
Genre(s): YA, contemporary, romance, coming of age
Format: Hardcover, library copy
Would I recommend? Yes. I wouldn’t say that it was a particularly memorable book or had a long-lasting effect on me, but it was definitely an enjoyable read and had a great concept and very unique and colorful cast of characters.
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.
Let’s Get Lost had a lot of hype surrounding it before its release, and rightfully so. I was really looking forward to reading this book because of all the potential the unique concept held. I absolutely love road trip books (seeing the term “road trip” in a book’s synopsis is one of the most foolproof methods of getting me to check it out!), and you all know how big a fan I am of coming of age books. Plus, the idea that one person – in this case, Leila, the main character – could make such a big impact on the lives of four different people in a small amount of time is incredible to me – definitely something I wanted to read about.
I loved Leila. Although I’ve seen a lot of versions of her in many other YA books, her vibrant personality and sassy dialogue kept me engaged throughout the whole read. She’s outspoken, opinionated, caring, and hilarious – definitely someone who I would love to be friends with.
The other characters were great too. Their stories and backgrounds did all seem somewhat stereotyped and typical, but their personalities were all very unique and every one of them brought something new to the table. I found myself getting very emotionally engaged in each character’s individual story, only to have that part of the book end and move on to another character’s perspective. The endings of each character’s POV weren’t very satisfying because it seemed like the story was stopping before it even got started, which was pretty frustrating for me. I wish the author would have taken a little more time with each story so we would have gotten to know the characters better.
The author’s writing style is gorgeous, filled with lots of humor and engaging dialogue. I’ll definitely have to check out his other books!
A very unique and interesting concept, filled with humorous writing and colorful characters. Although I did have a couple minor issues with it, all in all it was a very enjoyable read and definitely something I’d recommend.