Sunday, August 3, 2014

~Book Review: Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid~

Let's Get Lost
Adi Alsaid
Published July 29th 2014 by Harlequin Teen

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 is Leila's story told through her and several people that she meets during her cross country journey.  Leila is headed to Alaska.  She is vague as to why she has to get to Alaska as we will find out later.  She first meets Hudson, a small town boy with big dreams.  Leila is a breath of fresh air to Hudson and he has to get to know her better.  She is on a mission though and can't stay in one place for very long.

Bree is hitchhiking through life.  She has a tough exterior and acts like she cares for no one. What will she do when she needs help from someone from her past? 

Elliot is heartbroken.  After revealing his love for his best friend, she shoots him down.  Leila attempts to help him figure out what to do next.

Sonia lost her boyfriend and best friend in an accident.  What will people think of her when she falls in love so soon after her boyfriends death?  

When Leila finally tells her story, it is a shocker.  She has driven cross country on a journey of self discovery.  Will she find the answers she has  been looking for?

These are wonderful stories woven together and told through their interaction with Leila.  She effects  everyone she comes in contact with through her journey.  This is a wonderful story told for different points of perspective.  I could see glimpses of John Green in this writing style.  A light and fun YA debut that will make you feel good for reading it.

Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, then studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it's no surprise that after graduating, he did not go into business world but rather packed up his apartment into his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he's lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list. Let's Get Lost is his YA debut

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