Let's Get Lostby Adi Alsaid Published 29 Jul 2014
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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.
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" Reviews
When you want a book to escape reality for a few hours, Let's Get Lost is what I would hand you. A road trip, intriguing characters, wild adventures, and, of course, a healthy dose of romance - this is the perfect beach read!
I've read a few road trip books and this one is just as much fun, yet different in many ways. We follow Leila's trip to Alaska, but we follow it through others' eyes - the story is told using the point-of-views of the people she gets to meet during her trip. I found this very unique and it allowed us to get to know Leila through different perspectives. We start with Hudson who quickly becomes the love interest. I can see why some have different reactions towards him, he can be frustrating especially at the end of his POV, but he came off as a realistic teenage boy who's afraid of going after what he wants. While some might consider this romance insta-love, they had so much chemistry that I could legitimately feel their connection. His part also made me instantly click with Leila and her boldness. I knew then that she was a character I would really like. Then we move on to Bree who, coupled with Leila's boldness, puts them in trouble, but not without first having a blast. The third character, Elliot, takes the hopeless romantic out of Leila when they try to get him his girl. And finally, Sonia - though I felt the least connected with - brought us on a fun adventure across the border.
While meeting all those people, we also get the hint that Leila's story is not as simple as she makes it seem. There's darkness and sadness hidden behind her carefree persona, and when we finally do get to see her POV, we learn of the tragic past she's trying to heal from by going on this trip. It's emotional and gives the journey that much more meaning. We also meet more characters that help her along in those final chapters that are just as colourful, adding even more heart and personality to this story. Because we only get to see Leila's perspective at the end, I do feel as if her character was… not exactly underdeveloped, I will say kept at arm's length. For this reason, I don't think I was as emotionally invested as it was intended, but I still felt she was genuine, and her voice, compelling.
Though it may seem this book has emotional depth - and it does - it remains a lighthearted read regardless. It's well balanced with enough humour, joy, and just plain recklessness to keep it fun; the emotional stuff gives it substance without weighing it down. The ending is maybe a bit too perfect, and definitely predictable, but those who love HEA endings will appreciate it.
Entertaining and full of adventures, Let's Get Lost will make you laugh and smile and want to take a trip across the country yourself. This is the perfect beach read; the perfect rainy Sunday afternoon read; the perfect get-out-of-a-reading-slump read!
An advance copy was provided by the publisher for review.
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I liked Adi Alsaid's writing, but the story just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect with anything and thought the characters all fell flat. They seemed more like cliche ideas rather than real people. And I just... didn't care about anything?
BUT it was so fun to see the Minneapolis setting! I hardly ever find YA books set in Minnesota.
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3.5 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). I NEED LEILA TO FIX MY LIFE. LIKE NOW. AT THIS INSTANT. WATCH MY VIDEO REVIEW ON YOUTUBE HERE
My rating system: (I do use half stars.)
5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perfect.
4 - I loved it! There weren't too many flaws, and I had no trouble getting through it. (A 4 star rating is the highest rating I've ever given a book.)
3 - I enjoyed the book, but there we're flaws that made me enjoy it less.
2 - I finished the book, but there were too many flaws for me to enjoy it.
1 - I could not finish the book, and I probably did not finish it....
"People hurt each other," Leila said without much inflection in her voice. "It happens to everyone. Intentionally, unintentionally, regretfully or not. It's part of what we do as people. The beauty is that we have the ability to heal and forgive."
Leila is on a roadtrip to Alaska to see the Northern Lights. I won't tell you guys why since that will spoil the story. On her way there, Leila met four people. Each of them have problems and even if these people are strangers to Leila, she tried to help them in her own little way. Leila felt lost and she wants to find herself but maybe some lost things are not meant to be found..
This was such a delightful and heartwarming debut! I love the adventures and the feeling of anticipating what's next. I feel sad that I didn't know how to drive yet (yeah, ew) but when the time comes that I know how already, I will absolutely have a roadtrip of my own.
Each characters in the book are different. They are flawed and complicated. They made excuses but Leila doesn't put up with them. She pushes them to live life, to continue even though it's better to give up, and to always seize the day.
I really connected with the people in this story. I cared about them and kudos to the author for making me feel that way because it's hard to do. Sometimes, when I read I couldn't care less what happened to the people in the story.
The only problem I have is that I wished these characters were explored more. Their encounter with Leila is good but it feels short to me.
I know some people will react badly at that ending but not me. I kind of liked it. After everything that happened to Leila, she deserved her happy ending.
I look forward to reading more of this author's works. Definitely recommended.
Final Rating: 3.5/5 stars
**ARC provided by publisher/author in exchanged for a honest review.
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It's moments like these when I need to take a minute and check my temperature to make sure there's nothing wrong with me. Because looking at this high average Goodreads rating, I'm pretty shocked. Like, really shocked. I had high hopes for Let's Get Lost: it's said to be a fun road trip book about finding yourself, finding love, finding hope and just getting lost for a while. It definitely has that, though very basically. Throw in a moral, throw in a logically incorrect and not-so-intriguing adventure and there's all that this book has. There's no depth in the characters, there's instant-love/attraction and the story line is oh-so boring.
More or less, this book is a series of 5 short stories, bound together as one by a spine. The only thing that truly connects them is the same reoccuring character, Leila. And I think that's where this book went wrong for me. Because this book was basically just 5 short stories, (only 70 pages long for each story) and each one was told in a different POV; I couldn't connect with the characters and their situations. Each time, I felt like I was thrown into a random person's life and was told a bunch of information about the person, then taken on a little uninteresting adventure when they meet Leila. It just didn't work. I couldn't care less about what was happening to them because there was no establishment of a connection between us and the characters.
There is, a romance in this novel. And, it was a terrible one. So basically, this romance occurs in the first story, which is told in Hudson's point of view. The second he sets his eyes on Leila, he cannot stop talking about her beauty and her face and her face and her face...you get the point. There is instant-attraction. I don't hate instant-attraction, so this wasn't a huge problem until they both start making out a few hours later. What. The. Hell. And they call this love, guys. Hudson literally meets beautiful stranger who has been road tripping, then takes her on a tour around the town and then his house because she could totally not be a axe murderer. *face palm* And only hours after meeting, they start making out.
My sole reason for not DNFing this novel was because I liked the themes the author was trying to say and portray; showing us the different statuses of love and hope these characters held, or lack thereof, and how through meeting a girl and going on a spontaneous adventure, they began to change. While I found these character developments very weak or just not very believable in my opinion, all kudos to the author for thinking of a brilliant idea to show these morals and themes.
Also: I didn't like how each time Leila met someone, they just so happened to be in a crisis or huge milestone in their life and were happy to just let a stranger know everything about their life. While the concept of this novel was good, it was far-fetched. I mean, you'd need at least 70 pages to get to know the person and their situation, but in this case, 70 pages and the short story is already finished and the next one is starting.
All in all, I'm rather shocked that I didn't like this and how disappointing it turned out to be. The hype and campaigning for this novel has been huge, but I just don't see how it stands out.
~Thank you Harlequin Australia for sending me this copy!~
There's plenty of cringe-inducing elements in Adi Alsaid's Harlequin Teen road trip novel Let's Get Lost. Certainly leading the cringe parade is the 17 year-old road tripper, Leila, a Manic Pixie Dream Girl in a zig-zag northerly quest to view the Northern Lights, who randomly arrives at various parts of the US (Vicksburg, MS; Kansas; Minneapolis, MN, Seattle, WA) just in time to sprinkle fairy dust on fellow teens, enchanting boys and girls alike with either insta-love or omniscient life lessons as she herself, as it is slowly revealed, is similarly in need of the advice and life lessons she dispenses.
Also, the males Leila encounter on her trip are so darn milquetoast-y, they exist in some kind of wimp-vacuum of Alsaid's design (Case in point: boy gets jilted at prom, boy goes up on stage with the band and sings Ace of Base's "All That She Wants (Is Another Baby)" Really.)
Then my parental hackles are repeatedly raised by all the unrepentant alcohol consumption by the teens in this book (Case in point: wimpy prom jiltee above is first met by MPDG Leila as she clips him with her car as he staggers out into the street, shit-faced drunk.) Also, the parents in this book are so ineffectual and faux-involved in their kids lives it's almost scary.
Yet, I'm still giving this almost three stars because I'm thirty years removed from Alsaid's target audience. Despite the cringe-inducing, I think I would've somewhat enjoyed this light and frothy road-trip novel when I was the same age as its protagonists.