Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Review: Let's Get Lost

Publication Date: July 39th, 2014
Source: Received for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Genre: YA Contemporary
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

The Five Stories Within Let's Get Lost:

Just to let you know there are five sections of Let's Get Lost: Hudson, Bree, Elliot, Sonia, and Leila all get to tell their stories! The mini review for each section are below, plus my overall thoughts. Also, to clarify, Leila is in all of the sections, but only the last story is about her specifically. Now, Let's Get Started! Get it? Like the title?

The Stories I Liked:

I LOVED Bree's story. Her's was probably my favorite. She is wild and reckless... which was fun to read about! She and Leila made an awesome pair. Bree is hiding from her family, thinking she is seizing the day and being brave. However, as the story goes on she realizes that to actually be brave, she has to talk to someone who she treated terribly, and mend her family. This section was heartwarming, funny, and I highlighted so many amazing quotes!

I also enjoyed Sonia's story. I loved her boyfriend, they made such a cute couple! This story was quite different from the others. It felt much more adventurous! They are stuck on the wrong side of the border... with the fate of the wedding in their hands!!! This story was just as hilarious and wise as Bree's. Amazing!

Finally, we have Leila's story. There is a pretty cool and unexpected twist! However, I have to say I liked Leila's story less than Bree's and Sonia's. Still she's a pretty cool character and I loved learning more about her after her big roles in the four previous sections!

The Stories I Didn't Like:

Sadly, Hudson's story, aka the first story, was pretty dissapointing. I found Hudson a teensy bit boring, although I liked him better than What's His Name Elliot. Also, this story contained so much insta-love. Kill me now! I did enjoy one fun scene though... I'm not explaining it to you though because spoilers! Also, there is a pretty cool, and important message portrayed in this section. Basically, I didn't hate Hudson's story... but I didn't love it either!

The other story I did not like at all was Elliot's tale. I kind of lost respect for him when a girl clearly told him NO and he kept pursuing her. It's not romantic... it is disrespectful! It wasn't really that bad, plus it was mostly Leila egging him on to "get the girl",  but it still grated on my nerves. And the conclusion to the story made me really mad. There were some good aspects though! (Although at this point I really don't remember them.)

Overall Thoughts:

Let's Get Lost is the perfect Summer read. There is a variety of characters, although admittedly I didn't like all of them. Also, Adi Alsaid writes with humor and surprising wisdom. There were so many quotes... funny ones, meaningful ones, odd ones, you name it! Although Let's Get Lost isn't a favorite, I still would recommend it to many readers. Especially lovers of contemporary!

3.5/5 Stars

Hope y'all enjoyed the review!

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