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Estelle: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

LetLet’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 304
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: road trip, strangers, vignettes, connections
Format read: ARC Paperback provided by Harlequin Teen. (Thanks!)

Summary: Leila’s road trip to see the Northern Lights is peppered with chance meetings with strangers.

Road trip picks are super popular among the YA reading crowd. And how can blame them? New sights, new people, the open road! Out of all the ones I’ve had the pleasure of reading, Adi Alsaid’s Let’s Get Lost is definitely the most unique take on the road trip I’ve experienced. Not only in story structure (5 very separate stories strung together by the presence of one girl) but in tone, too. It read older and I almost pictured the characters aged more in their mid-twenties than their teens. This was more of a bonus than a detriment because the story is all about how people come into our lives for (sometimes) short periods of time and evoke change. See? It’s super universal and I liked that a lot.

Let’s dive in. Leila, the common denominator in all of these stories, is driving her red car through the United States with a main goal of reaching the Northern Lights. She’s very mysterious. She reveals very little to each of the characters, keeping info about herself super basic, but she is kindhearted, a good listener, and so open to adventure on the open road. Not everyone is going to bump into total strangers and want to befriend them, and offer to help them in some super challenging times. Leila was like this super fairy godmother.

There’s Hudson (a mechanic the night before a huge school interview), Bree (a free spirited runaway), Elliot (dealing with the aftermath of telling his best friend how he feels about her, and finally — my favorite — Sonia (struggling with moving forward in a heartbreaking situation). I’ll admit, it’s a little evil that Hudson and Leila hit it off romantically in the first section of the book because I spent the next few stories waiting for a glimpse of him! But that’s just not how the book worked. Despite my own anxiousness about it, the formatting worked because the meaningful yet fleeting moments were emphasized by Leila waving good-bye to the people she met and moving on.

Let’s Get Lost is a book you want to take your time with (especially because it takes a majority of the book to piece together all we want to know about Leila). I could picture readers throwing it in their beach bag, picking it up repeatedly during travel breaks, or maybe enjoying it like I did, sandals off and sitting in a great park. It makes you think about the significant impacts that people have had in your life, whether you still talk to them or not. You just never know how one act of kindness or honesty can make you look at life in a different way or change your path.

Best of all, this book revved me up for another adventure! I want to road trip again soon.

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August 3, 2014 - 10:05 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I have heard such good things about this and I didn’t realize it was so good! A few great reviews recently made me realize that I was overlooking this one. I really need to bump it up on my list! Thanks!

July 21, 2014 - 12:34 am

Erin - I want to read this book, now! I saw it on NetGalley, but I didn’t request because I wasn’t sure if it’d be good or not. I should have, though, the cover alone looks fantastic.

July 18, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Alexa S. - Honestly, I had so, so much love for Let’s Get Lost! It definitely awakened my wanderlust, and had me raring for a new adventure. But at the same time, it made me think and feel. I definitely fell in love with it!

July 17, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Christianna - I reviewed this one today and also loved it to pieces! It’s so unique and awesome! Great review!

July 17, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I know, road trip books are so popular in the YA blogosphere. I’m actually not huge on road trip books. It’s not that I dislike them, but I’m not drawn to them either.

I have this book, though, I am glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I definitely need to make the time to read it soon.

July 17, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Jen @Fefferbooks - Yayyy, so looking forward to reading this! Love your review. <3

July 17, 2014 - 10:35 am

Meg - I’m all about road trip stories in the summer, and this sounds like a good one! Like that the main character — and common link — is rather mysterious, and the story structure sounds very interesting!

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