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.
I had very low expectations going into this novel because I read Adi Alsaid’s most recent release and I didn’t really enjoy it. But Let’s Get Lost had me pleasantly surprised. Adi’s debut novel had me very entertained, leaving me wanting more stories from the characters I met throughout the story.
Let’s Get Lost is separated into 5 different stories. Each one told by a different character in a different city. The only thing that these stories have in common is a drifter, Leila. Leila is determined to get to the northern lights. And this story is all about the people she meets along the way. Each character had a distinctive personality that made them quite believable.
I really did enjoy the way this book was written. Leila never stayed in one place too long. But she left a mark on people’s lives as she helps multiple strangers during her trip. This book is fun and full of adventure. But there is an underlying mystery as to who Leila is and what her plans are. She never talks about herself and makes it a point to get others to open up about their troubles, but never her own. She’s a mystery, which had me even more intrigued.
The one thing that made me lower my rating is that I could never truly get a feel for the characters because as soon as a story would be getting good, Leila would be on to the next person, in the next town over. I liked the characters, and I wanted their stories to be longer. We get a glimpse into their lives and that’s it. Leila is the main character, but the story is told by everyone but her, until the last few chapters of the novel. It added to the mystery aspect, but it left me wanting more.
Overall I think this story is a great debut. It’s unique way of story telling had some positives and negatives but I did enjoy it overall. I’m giving this book 3.5 stars. I was captivated until the end and even wished that the story didn’t end as quickly as it did. I’m planning on reading more books from Adi Alsaid. So far his stories have been hit or miss for me so I want to dive into more of them and see what happens.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adi Alsaid is the author of several young adult novels, including Let’s Get Lost, Never Always Sometimes, and North of Happy. He was born and raised in Mexico City, where he now lives and spills hot sauce on things.