Title: Let's Get Lost
Author: Adi Alsaid
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date Published: July 29, 2014
Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
Age Range: 12+
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.
This book was really surprising. I was expecting a cute, little read with a cliched story, maybe a few memorable characters, and maybe even little hilarity. Basically, I just needed a mindless fluff book to read between two heavy books; so I grabbed Let's Get Lost. With my low expectations in mind, I read this book, and at the end, I absolutely loved it. Yes, it's cute. Yes, it's funny. Yes, it has a whole slew of amazing characters.
First off, the story isn't told from five different POVs- that was a little misleading. The book is actually five short stories that go together to make the overall story arc. The five stories are each from a different POV, and they all go together. Each story contributes something to the overall story, but they also work as their own entities- which I really loved.
Leila was a really nice person to read about. Over the story/ies, we got to learn the most about her, and her past. While I did miss the connection with every character that I get from one, or even two, POV(s), I did get an overall gist about each person, and Leila was my favorite. She seemed like a genuinely good person, she was really funny,and she was so sweet. Hudson made me angry because of his behavior towards the end of his story. I was sitting in my chair thinking: "Get over yourself and go after her!" And then, in Leila's story, he did come after her, and I almost burst from happiness. Bree came across as a huge brat. While I disliked her, I enjoyed her story. Elliot's plight was so relatable that my heart was aching. We can all relate to our crush loving someone else and his crush seemed like a girl I would love to high five in the face, hard. Sonia's story got a little boring near the middle, but after that, things went really quickly. And everyone got their happily ever after.
I liked the writing, and the messages that the book was getting across. The whole book just tied together really nicely, and the cover is really sweet. This book was really just one of those really great treasures that came at the right time. A few people haven't like it, but, for me, it just was perfect.
While I was reading this book, I was listening to a song called: My Mistake by Cam, and everything was PERFECT! Here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwrKYD2dMpM. Great book, and perfect song.