Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Published: July 29th, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
352 pages (eARC)
Genre: Contemporary young adult
Acquired this book: From the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Warning: May contain spoilers
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 is a funny, touching, compelling adventure. It’s the story of what happens when a teenage girl travels across country to find herself, and ends up helping other people in life-changing ways along her journey.
I didn’t really know what to expect when I started this book. I love road trip books, because when done right, they’re full of little nuggets of wisdom about life, love, self-discovery, and friendship. It’s true what they say: you can’t run away from your problems. They’ll follow you in unexpected ways. Sometimes, though, you just need to get lost in order to find yourself and discover that life and the world are bigger than your own little corner of the world and your own problems, fears, etc. That’s exactly what happened for Leila, and I loved going along with her on her journey. I felt like I was with her in her crazy red car, seeing the United States, and learning that the world is bigger and yet smaller than it seems in so many ways.
I loved that even though Leila was technically the main character in Let’s Get Lost, she sort of took a backseat through most of the story. We saw her from other people’s perspectives as she went from place to place, helping each of the other characters through some pivotal moment in their life. She was smart and bold and up for anything - the ultimate wingman. We got little tidbits of information about her here and there, but never really knew who she was. It was obvious there was more to her story than she was telling, and I was intrigued. When it was finally time for her story, I already felt so connected to her that I wished she were a real person so we could be friends.
Let’s Get Lost is a unique road trip story. It made me laugh, it touched my heart, and it stirred up my wanderlust. It’s the perfect escape from reality, and I highly recommend it.
Have you read Let's Get Lost? What did you think? If you haven't read it, do you plan to? What are some of your favourite road trip books? What's the best road trip you ever took?