Ever pick up a book based on a cover and the short summary on the back? I had never heard of Adi Alsaid or this amazing story, but when I saw it in our school library, I knew I had to read it.
Summary by Goodreads:
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.
Why I Loved It:
It was fast moving. Let’s Get Lost is broken up into five short stories that meld together in the final section when Leila’s story is finally told.
Leila truly touches each of the four strangers lives. She reminds them of what is important in life and encourages them to not give up when things aren’t going their way.
Hudson – Leila met Hudson when she brought her car into his father’s shop for a tune up on her way to see the Northern Lights in Alaska. Sparks fly and she changes his life forever.
Bree – Bree ran away from home and had been on the road for a while when Leila picked her up. While the two together get in a bit of trouble, they share a unique bond and remind us of the importance of family no matter how difficult life can be.
Elliot – Leila met Elliot right after he is rejected by his best friend, Maribel, on prom night. Leila encourages Elliot to fight for Maribel and together they find a way to show her how much he loves her.
Sonia – Sonia and Leila’s adventure involves some over the border shananagins as Sonia needs help getting back into Canada (she lost her passport) to return wedding rings to the best man in her dead ex-boyfriend’s sister’s wedding. Oh and the best man is now her new love. A bit unrealistic, but still sweet and romantic.
I loved finally reading Leila’s story and how each of these characters had an impact on her life as well.
Not everyone will love this book as much as I did. The stories while slightly unrealistic at times, were just what I needed over this winter vacation. Can’t wait to share this during book talks in January!