I was super excited when I got approved for this book as it seemed to tick all my boxes. A road trip, strangers, adventures, not to even mention the super cute cover. I very quickly realised this book wasn’t for me though. It was all just too random, too quirky and made me feel old and cranky.Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Published by Harlequin UK on 1st August 2014
Genres: YA Contemporary
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
First Line of Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid:
“Hudson could hear the car’s engine from blocks away.”
My thoughts on Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid:
There are a couple of things that turned me against this book. The first is that it is more like five short stories than one novel. It is true that the stories are all connected by the central character Leila but I didn’t really enjoy the format of meeting a character briefly and then moving on to the next one. Short stories never really appeal to me and I felt this format broke up the flow of the book for me.
However there were a few other lows for me as well:
- I felt the author was trying too hard to make the characters quirky but they ended up feeling pretentious to me.
- It was all so random! In the first chapter; Leila meets Hudson, they have a random conversation, an even randomer date that evening and then all of a sudden Hudson is making decisions that will affect his whole life. And even if they are the right decisions, it all just felt weird to me
- The characters do crazy stuff; I don’t mean minor things. I mean things like shoplifting, joy riding, serious things. I was putting on my grumpy old woman face for these, it didn’t feel fun or cute, it just felt wrong.
- It was all so convenient and contrived. Leila just happened to pull up in her quirky old red car at that exact moment that they needed her. She took random strangers into her car (because that’s safe) and by the time she left, she had helped sort out their life just a little for them. Honestly at times, it felt like an old episode of Highway to Heaven.
Still I did keep reading so there were a few things that worked for me. I enjoyed that there was an air of mystery about Leila and purpose of her road trip. I guessed it to a certain extent but when I found out the full story, it did give me a little lump in my throat. I think of all the characters I liked Leila best but really until the end of the book we didn’t find out a lot about her.
I also enjoyed how the title connected in with the theme of the book but I didn’t really buy into the message that it only by getting lost that you find yourself. Nope, when you get lost, you need to find directions and not wait around for a stranger to show up and set you back on the right path.
Overall this one just wasn’t for me. I have a feeling that there will be two extreme reactions to this book. You could be annoyed and disconnected like I was. Or alternatively, people will embrace this book and love it for it eccentricity.
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Who should read Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid:
I can’t really recommend it as I didn’t enjoy it. I read it all but felt it was a bit of a chore to get to the end. I have seen some very positive reviews on Goodreads though so check out some of those before making up your mind about whether to read this book or not.
Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin (UK) Ltd for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Bookish Chat : Have you read this one? I’d love to hear from you, especially if you loved it as I’d love to hear your opinion on it. This is one of those books that might work better if you actually are YA and not old and grumpy like me, what do you think?