Title: Let's Get Lost
Author: Adi Alsaid
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5 Stars)
Hardcover, 352 Pages
Release Date: July 29th, 2014 (Get it now!)
Summary: 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.
I received an ARC copy of this book for review courtesy of Zoey over at Wunderkind PR, and let me just say, I was so excited for this one. As soon as we received the email asking us if we'd like a copy, I was squealing on the phone with Amber in excitement because I could hardly contain myself, having wanted to get my hands on an ARC of this book for so long.
And I'm glad that I did.
Let's Get Lost was a really great book. Seriously, I have nothing but good things to say about it. The story is told in five separate parts, five different points of view--you have Hudson, who is a mechanic in a small town but destined for great things. Bree, a runaway who's escaping her haunting past, stupid decisions, and severe pressure from her older sister. Elliot, who prepared for years to tell the girl of his dreams how much he loved her and then got turned down flat. Sonia, the girl whose boyfriend passed on and then she falls in love (sort of) with another boy not long after--in secret. And lastly, you have Leila, the girl who ties the story all together.
Leila is traveling throughout the country on a solo road trip on her way to Alaska to see the Northern Lights. She tells each person she comes across a different reason as to why she's going, but the real reason is the most important reason of all--which you have to read to find out! She comes in contact with each of the four other characters throughout her trip, and winds up sharing some interesting memories with each of them. A night of kissing and momentary making out on an island with Hudson. Shoplifting, car stealing, and jail time with Bree. Chasing down true love with Elliot. Rescuing wedding rings with Sonia. Finally getting to Alaska.
This story touched my heart in so many ways, and I absolutely adored it. Adi Alsaid is a literary genius. His work reminds me a lot of John Green, my absolute literary hero, and I know that authors hate being compared to other authors, but I see it as high praise in my eyes. You don't just compare anyone to John Green.
Leila was a pretty awesome character. Her humor was on point, plus she had such a good heart and was willing to help out all four of the people she came across, no matter what the consequences were. Plus, her thrill for adventure! This girl is on a road trip by herself (which would scare me so much) and encounters some pretty interesting and scary things, as she also learns some life lessons.
Just some of Leila's adventures throughout the trip that I found interesting:
- Sneaking across the border
- Making out on an island
- Cardboard cutout kidnapping
- Seventh Birthday Parties
- Chalkboard writing in the men's bathroom
- Donut truck hitchhiking
If you're reading the above bullets and thinking that this book seems very, very weird, you'e right. Throughout the story, Leila encompasses some strange (yet fascinating) adventures, stories, and people.
All in all, I loved every second of this book and couldn't get enough of it. Adi Alsaid created a heartwarming story of adventure and humor and love and loss, and it really opened my eyes to some of the problems that people have and also how interesting the world can really be when you decide to open up your eyes and really explore it.
5 out of 5 stars! This book was amazing, I recommend it to everyone, so add it to your TBR right now! Can't wait to read more of Adi Alsaid's work. :-)
*Please Note: I received an ARC copy of Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed throughout this review are entirely my own and in no way did I accept any bribes from Wunderkind PR, the author, or anyone affiliated with them.