Genres: Road Trip, Contemporary, Young Adult
Release Date: July 29th, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: ARC from Edelweiss
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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 was a book I was looking forward to reading and I am really glad I wasn’t let down. I wouldn’t say it blew my mind away, but I definitely had the feels. I think the best way to think of this book is to allude it to one of those you read when you’re not having a great day. It’s far from perfect as when I look back, I can think of so many things that could have been better, but in spite of this I’m not even tempted to lower the rating, because I still remember this book with fondness (although it hasn’t been all that long since I’ve read it).
This won’t be for everyone, though. There are an awful lot of conveniences and problems that are solved quite easily, but, if you, like me, love happy endings then this book is for you. If you get warm cuddly feelings when everything works out for someone then you’ll love this. Just like I did.
And no, saying that isn’t really a spoiler. This book consists of 5 short stories, and personally, I think it was a very interesting way to develop the plot. We get the stories of each of the 4 people whose lives Leila has made a difference and then we finally get hers.
Leila is a very interesting character. She seems to be this happy-go-lucky kind of person in everyone else’s story, but when you get to hers, you realize there is so much to her. She has her own problems, but in the one day she gets to know each of the other characters in this story, she manages to have a huge impact in their lives.
Hudson was a likeable character, as far as I am concerned, but at the same time, the insta-love like feels between him and Leila were a little off-putting and did take away some from my enjoyment. His story is nothing out of the ordinary, but at the same time, it’s something many people experience, and while I wish the ending to his story hadn’t been that vague, we did end up getting closure, so there was that.
Bree’s story was my favorite though, which is surprising, because I was completely frustrated by her character at first, but it turns out her childishness and immaturity were important to the story and her conclusion left me with tons of warm happy feelings.
Elliot’s story was adorable. He is in love with his best friend, but she turned him down, and so he and Leila spend the whole night trying to win her back. It does have that romantic comedy-like feel to it and is slightly unbelievable, considering all of that happened in a night, but at the end of the day, I enjoyed his story.
Sonia’s story was perhaps my least favorite, because it was pretty heart-breaking for me. Sonia’s ex-boyfriend died a year ago and she’s been seeing this other person for a while and loves him too, but she’s too afraid to really do something about it because she constantly feels like she is cheating on her ex who she loved, too. The adventure she and Leila share was pretty unbelievable, and although it did make the story a lot less gloomy, I had a lot of question-mark moments when I wondered how that was even possible (no spoilers).
I do think that each of their stories could have benefited from being longer so that the characters could have had more depth, but I don’t have a lot of qualms when it comes to this story.
Alsaid tells each of their stories in such a manner that you cannot help but be swept along in each of their stories and hope that they all get an HEA.
It was Leila’s story that surprised me the most, though, especially when we finally get to her POV and realize there is so much more to her. She is the character who you really want to cuddle with and I think her story is one of the most realistic in this ‘collection’.
I wish I could say more, but I don’t want to spoil these stories and am trying to keep this as vague as possible so that you can experience all of these characters journeys for yourself.
This is a beautifully written book and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind a slow pace and stories that aren’t all about something big happening. It’s a perfect summer read and I had a lot of fun reading this.
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