ARC Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Let's Get LostGenres: 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.

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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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Overall: 3.6
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Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).

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    • Rashika says

      I know!! Sometimes you just need a whole lot of fluff and less.. realistic hard life stuff. I was having one of those days and while I was initially reluctant to start this but once I got sucked in, I finished it the same night! :)

    • Rashika says

      I actually found that the structure worked REALLY well in terms of this story and I really hope you’ll like it too!! :)

  1. says

    I am still a bit on the fence on this one, but if it’s a book that makes you feel good, maybe I need to add it to my list, despite the few incredible and convenient happenings.
    Great review, Rashika!
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    • Rashika says

      I think what makes them work for me is that they are all connected. It isn’t just random.. you know? They are all connected by Leila’s road trips. Kind of like her ‘stops’.

      Thanks Heidi!! :)

    • Rashika says

      I haven’t read Paper Towns so I wouldn’t know but the characters don’t actually meet each other .-. they meet Leila! :DD

      I hope you’ll like this one, Emily!! :D

  2. Larissa says

    First off, that little graphic at the top is so cute (: Fits the story and ugh google maps that thing has changed my lack of direction yooooo.

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one Rashika! I’ve been hearing a whole lot of negative about this one, so your review gives me hope again c: Though sometimes conviences can annoy me, sometimes I just love fluffy HEA’s ya know? (:

    I can see how the short stories could turn people off, but personally I enjoy seeing an author use a different than standard stylistic choice like that. Also, it works if you really dislike one character you can move onto the next haha. I also love when you can find interconnecting details in some/all of the stories. I think Leila’s story would be the most interesting to me. It’s quite intriguing to me that somebody so prevalent and important in your own life, who seemingly seems put together can be totally different from what you except.

    Lovely review (:

    • Rashika says

      I KNOW RIGHT? Faye does all of that and I just love this one! :D

      I heard more negative things than positive too before I read this and I was so worried I wouldn’t enjoy it but I ended up doing just that and it was just…. nice! :D I am pretty sure I might have been annoyed if I were in any other mood but as it is, I just devoured it.

      Same here! I wasn’t so onboard with the idea before reading it but it really did work for this story and it worked well! :D

      THANKS LAR!!! :D

  3. says

    I’ve found that readers are completely polarized regarding this book–they either LOVE it or they HATE it. While you connected with each of these characters, I know many readers found that the narrative format made it harder for them to make those connections so I’ll definitely have to sample this one before deciding to give it a go or just give it up. Lovely review, Rashika, and I’m glad this managed to be the light summer read you wanted. :)
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    • Rashika says

      That’s EXACTLY what I noticed for this one too! I didn’t love it but I definitely leaned more towards that. I usually don’t have many problems when it comes to narrative formats and I didn’t have one with this book either .. but then again it’ll always vary from reader to reader. Hopefully this will be something that’ll work for you, though!!!

      Thanks Keertana!!! :)

    • Rashika says

      Happy endings are THE BEST! :D
      I hope you’ll end up reading and enjoying this one!

      Thanks, Janina!! :D

  4. says

    It feels like a JG book so idk. I don’t think it’s for me (even though I was pleasantly shocked to learn that you liked it). I like how this novel is built with the different short stories and whatnot. LOL! The thing you had with Bree is how I felt about Lillia in Burn for Burn. She was my least fav, but grew to be my fav. I’m glad you enjoyed her story at the end of the day :) Eeeeeee, Elliot’s story does sound adorable indeed :) Yeah, the thing with short stories lol. THEY NEED TO BE LONGER HAHA. I think coming of age is discovering yourself, your desires, aspirations, dreams and exploring yourself and the world. Stepping into adulthood.
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    • Rashika says

      Idk about JG (I really don’t LOL) but I didn’t think it read like one of his books. The teens were a lot more teen like. I mean Hudson? He has great friends who are silly but at the same time take care of him. He had a big interview the next day and his best friend wouldn’t let him drink because he didn’t want him showing up at the interview with a hangover. Isn’t that NICE? They also teased him but yeah.

      I think coming of age is about partying. JK. I am not so sure though, I think it’s defined differently for each individual..

  5. says

    I think this is the first non-negative review I’ve seen for this book, to be honest! Most of the other reviews were below 3 stars, so I guess it’s somewhat refreshing to see that at least someone enjoyed it, even if it was a little on the meh side. Unfortunately, I’m not a lover of happy endings (I think they’re overrated, and come on — reality sucks, get over it :P), so it probably won’t work out for me, lol.

    The plot of this book is definitely told in a unique way, but I’m not so sure it works just as well for the characters! Another review also said that five stories being crammed into 350+ pages meant that there wasn’t much character development, so the characters were pretty flat and boring, but I’m glad that at least that didn’t hinder your enjoyment of the book. And Bree sounds awesome! I read an excerpt on her story (the car stealing part) and I liked the sound of her character already. So I can totally see why her story would be your favorite!

    The instalove would totally bug me, but it’s still a relief that Hudson wasn’t unlikable, even if his story was a little vague. Gah, these half-assed romances really do annoy me. T_T I don’t want romance to be there just because — I want it to have a purpose and to make me feel something. I probably sound harsh when I say that I don’t think I’d like the romance here much, especially with an underdeveloped character like Hudson.

    But yay for connecting to Leila so much! It’s always nice when you can relate to someone so much that all you want to do is cuddle and bake cupcakes with them, or something like that. xD Lovely review, Rashika — glad that you were able to like this so much, despite some issues.
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    • Rashika says

      HA this was the first positive review I’d seen for it too ;) but a couple more have popped up so I don’t feel so lonely any more :D HEAs are MY thing but I am very particular about them.. so in a lot of cases HEAs annoy me too which is why I understand where you’re coming from :)

      HAHA Bree actually bothered me with her crazy teen ways but they made sense. I completely agree that the short stories made it hard for any real character development to occur but hey, sometimes, it just doesn’t matter :P

      Yup, if he was unlikeable, I would hae been ANNOYED. And YES half-assed romances annoy me soo much. I never really got over how the one between Hudson and Leila was SO random.

      HAHAHA TBH I’d bake cupcakes with anyone who wants me to :D I can be really annoying when it comes to baking so I wouldn’t be the one suffering :P

      THANKS MEGAN!!! :)

    • Rashika says

      Same here. I did feel emotions for the time period I was reading this but it didn’t make any lasting impact on me either. But then again, the fact that I remember it with fondness does mean something right??

    • Rashika says

      IT ISSSSS! I guess the fact that I didn’t actually have many expectations and was reading this for ‘fun’ (can review copies be read for fun??) so it didn’t bother me as much as it could have otherwise.

  6. says

    This book has been making waves. I’ve been seeing it everywhere =)) But I’m reluctant because the reviews are really conflicting. So I guess you’re right that it’s not for everybody. But I’ll give it a try and maybe I’ll end up liking it.

    Awesome review, Rashika! It totally gave me an idea on what to expect :)
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    • Rashika says

      Yeah .-. the reviews for this one are all over the place. Some people love it. Some hate it and some, like me, really just like it!

      I do hope if you give it a try you’ll really enjoy it! :)

      THANKS Paula! :D

  7. says

    Yay, Rashika! I’m glad you finally liked one ;) I love road trip stories, and I can always overlook a few too easily resolved situations when there’s a sure thing of a happy ending. As for what coming-of-age means, I think it’s that tangible transition that takes place when you become an adult. Age is just a number, so turning 18 doesn’t magically make you an adult in anything but the legal sense. Being an adult happens early for some people, and NEVER for others . . . books about things that lead to that transition are timeless b/c we can all relate, either having been through it ourselves, or desperately wanting to. Fantastic review, my love!
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    • Rashika says

      LOL, were you getting tired of me being all sad? :D I am actually on quite a roll lately. The past three books I’ve read were ALL 4 stars and the one before that was a 5! MY FIRST FIVE this year (for a novel). I don’t think coming of age can be put better, hon. You said it BEAUTIFULLY!

      THANKS, cupcake <33 MUAH

  8. says

    Well, you know me and all fluffy and rainbow-like happy endings. They simply aren’t my thing, so I’ll be skipping this one. It’s not only that but since I’ m a part of a tour for this I got to read some excerpts and well the writing didn’t feel right somehow. Hard to explain it. But I’m really glad you enjoyed it. Yeah, this sounds like a really great summer read and I’m really glad it was that for you. Great review, Rashika :)
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    • Rashika says

      AWW you’re my fluffy rainbow <3 #random. I am a little sad but I know they aren't your thing :) So it's ALL GOOD. *pats you* I am sorry the writing didn't work out for you from the excerpts you've seen.

      THANKS TANJA!! :3

    • Rashika says

      AWWW SHUCKS. You flatter me! :P Same here. I think if I had read it under different conditions, I might have been a lot more critical but as it is, I really had fun even if it wasn’t the best book out there! :)

  9. says

    Oh I have an ARC of this one but i’ve been a bit skeptical of it
    *backs up with hands in the air* BUT your review makes me feel stupid for have reservations about this one since it looks like an enjoyable read and IT GAVE YOU THE FEELS! I want the feels!
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    • Rashika says

      HA! I totally feel you! I was pretty skeptical when I dived in too! I was like, ‘Ugh. I’ll read half of the book today and read the rest tomorrow’ and then I ended up reading the whole book within 3 hours or something. I just wanted to devour it. It was sooooo nice and fluffy.

  10. says

    I find it really interesting that everyone thinks she know Leila, they all have this idea about her, and yet she has secrets and really isn’t like they think she is- that’s so true about people and it sounds like it’s done pretty well here!
    I also think it’s pretty interesting that this is made up of short stories told from each different charcter’s POV- I don’t think I’ve seen that very often before, and it sounds like a really interesting way of approaching storytelling, though I don’t think I would enjoy this novel personally, from the sound of it/the characters.

    Excellent review! I’m glad you enjoyed it whilst you read it,
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    • Rashika says

      HA the thing is no one really knows Leila because they’ve only know her for a day each. For them she’s the person who sweeps in and helps them do something so to them, I imagine, she is perfect and without problems… except that isn’t true!

      HA I don’t think I’ve EVER seen that done and while I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it at first, I think it worked really well in this case! :)

      Thanks Romi!!! :)

  11. says

    I’m reading this one soon too. It’s gotten really varied and mixed reviews, so I’m really happy to see that you enjoyed it. It sounds like a slow, lazy day read. With these coming of age / self discovery type books, they usually don’t need a big dramatic event to make an impact. Fabulous review, really excited to start this one.
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    • Rashika says

      YAY! I hope you’ll love it Kelly BEAR <3 I actually saw more negative reviews than positive when I read this so I was worried but now a whole bunch of positive reviews have popped up so I feel a lot better :')

      I COMPLETELY agree. I think the BEST coming of age stories are the ones that aren't about big dramatic events because let's face it, most of our lives are pretty normal and we aren't going to have to face something big or dramatic. It's the little things that help us grow up :) At least that's what I think.

      THANKS KELLY! <3

    • Rashika says

      YAY! I hope you’ll love this one! It’s the perfect story for summer, IMO. It definitely lifted my spirits ;)

      THANKS RACHEL! :D

  12. says

    I do like HEAs, and I usually let slide those conveniences that solve problems easily when I read those kinds of books. I do like roadtrip-type books, too, because I like traveling! I am interested to know how Leila touched the lives of these teens. As a coming of age book, it should show how these teens were able to overcome obstacles that made them more mature. And I like that there are different perspectives. At least we see different experiences from each individual.
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    • Rashika says

      *high fives* YAY FOR LIKING HEAs and road trip books! :D I am a little confused as to whether this would be classified as a coming of age book but my definition of coming of age is similar to yours which is why I see this as a coming of age book and I think you will too ;)

      Yeah that was basically the point of the short stories!!! :DD It was so that instead of multiple POVs we could focus on each character separately. I think that worked really well for this story! :)

  13. says

    I guess I didn’t realize this was a bunch of short stories. I kinda don’t like the thing of conveniences but Sonia’s story sounds interesting to me. I know it was your least favorite but there are a lot of happy stories out there and not too many sad ones. I think it’s more interesting to see it from that side of things.
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    • Rashika says

      HAHAHA I just don’t like stories that feature dead exes and/or family members .-. It makes me feel too sad. Her story also does have an HEA though so… probably not as sad as you might think but the underlying emotions of loss do make it almost sadder than every other story in this collection. Leila’s is the saddest… it’s just the way it’s written makes it seem more positive to me .-.

  14. says

    This one sounds really intriguing Rashika! :D I love the idea of how all of these characters come together despite their differences because of one person – who ends up not exactly being who they think she is. It definitely sounds like an emotional read, but I’m glad to hear that there’s HEAs for everyone. Thanks for sharing and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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    • Rashika says

      The characters don’t actually meet each other .-. They all meet Leila and she changes their lives for good and she does have a small hand in helping them achieve their HEAs. It’s not that she’s a miracle worker but more like.. you know when sometimes you don’t see something that is right there but when someone else points it to you it becomes clear? Kind of like that! :D

      THANKS ZOE!! <3

  15. says

    Oh, Rashika! You have got me dying to read this book! I don’t have it, BUT NEED IT. Like if I had it I would probably drop everything I’m reading and would pick it up, which I rarely do. I’m in the NEED of a perfect summer romance, and this just sounds like it. You’ve gotten me excited! Beautiful review!
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    • Rashika says

      This book does feature romance but in small amounts which is why it wouldn’t make for the best summer romance but if you are looking for a summer read that features SOME romance, definitely give this one a shot. :D

      THANKS Michelle!!! :D

  16. says

    Ha! I didn’t even finish the damn thing. I stopped 52%. The characters were irritating the crap out of me, and I just lost interest after the whole “friendzone” thing. It pisses me off to see a male author treat friendzoing as an issue with the female, not the male. Girls do not owe men sex because they get along. I’m sick to death of guys treating friendship as a second place prize.
    Seriously, I could F***ING rage about this all day long.

    It was too much John Green Manic Dream Pixie Girl for my taste.
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    • Rashika says

      Oh I HATE the friendzone thing. ABSOLUTELY DESPISE IT but when I was reading that particular story I never got that kind of vibe off of it. I figured that he wasn’t so much acting like he DESERVED something from her as he was being sad when the love of his life turned him down. I’ll admit his story was slightly cheesy though and could have ended in a better way .-.

      I did get the maniac pixie vibes from Leila too but since I have read only two books by JG, one of which he co-wrote with David Levithan and don’t plan to read any more by him (for reasons I am sure you understand) I cannot say much on that part. From what I’ve heard about his female leads in other books though? Leila seemed a HELLA lot saner! :P

  17. says

    I have this book on my shelf to review and I’m excited in reading it, even though there’s a few conveniences it sounds like it could be an enjoyable read to get my mind off other things. Kind of makes sense the book is called “Let’s Get Lost” isn’t it? XD I had no idea it had 5 separate stories which I don’t mind at all. Lovely review, I look forward to reading my copy!
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    • Rashika says

      This is definitely the kind of book you want to read if you want to get other stuff off your mind ;) Actually the title makes more sense once you get to Leila’s story? Or at least in my interpretation of the novel it does! :D They are separate but at the same time, they are all connected by Leila.. so they aren’t so much as random as they are a different take on multiple POVs???

      I hope you’ll enjoy it, Jeann!! :D

      THANKS!

  18. says

    Well, you certainly piqued my interest, Rashika. So much vagueness going on in this review. Haha. I’m personally looking forward to reading this one, mostly because I love contemporary reads, especially those that involve travel. I think it’s safe to assume that this involves travel with that title and that cover. Correct me if I’m wrong though. I’m really glad you liked this one. I’ve been seeing mixed thoughts about this one. Some people love it or hate it. But a slow build up to a wonderful ending might just be really worth it. I love those kinds of books that make you feel happy at the end of it all.
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    • Rashika says

      Being vague is fun ;) Although I am guessing you didn’t like it half as much as I did! :D It does! It’s a road trip book and … the format of it definitely makes it stand out from the rest of the road trip books out there. IT WAS, Francine. IT WAS. Same here. I love HEAs but the slow build up to them are the best thing ever.

      I really hope you’ll enjoy this one! :D

  19. says

    I feel very hesitant about the short story approach to a book. But I do like the idea of seeing a character from other POVs first before you peak into her head. Some of these perspectives sound more appealing than others, but I know what you mean about a story that isn’t perfect but was perfect for you at the time you read it – not too stressful, and it made you happy. I’m more interested in this book after reading your review, so thanks!
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  20. says

    Hello, i’m commenting on your post regarding the book Let’s Get Lost. I really want to pass my book cover around the world and get it signed by one person from each state who truly loves this book! I was hoping you could sign my cover and send it back? It’d be great to get help doing this so that I can get my cover signed by many people.

    If you can help out, please let me know. Reach me through email carleighalewis@gmail.com, twitter @carleighlewis or my blog carleighlewis.blogspot.com

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