Author: Adi Alsaid
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.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: Abandoned, Realistic Fiction
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.
having read more than half of let’s get lost, i can positively say that many people are going to love this story.
for me, however, this intermingling of strangers at opportune moments in their lives fell short of what i wanted.
to begin with, what irritated me was how obsessed the two boy narrators were with the respective girls in their life, especially boy #1. he just met this girl and while i understand a certain fixation people develop with strangers, his narrative was all but composed of how much he liked this new girl that has bulldozed into his life. while on that note, i’d like to note that the revelation at the end of his section about what he really wanted was clever and i applaud the author for the subtle way she creeped in hints regarding that.
onto boy no. #2. i hated his narrative, not out of personal vendetta or irritation but for the male entitlement crap going on in his story. his best friend displays no interest in him yet he pursues her relentlessly in ways that had it not turned out the way it did, would have been emotionally disruptive or simple embarrassing for many girls. truly. moreover, i didn’t get his ending or why it came about.
in the middle, there’s the days-long story of another girl that was interesting, in a relative sense considering what i’d just read before it. it dealt with sister problems and other stuff, but i felt it wasn’t as developed as i wanted.
now onto the main character of our story who crashes in her red car into these three people’s live and magically! repairs it with a few well-placed words of enlightenment or encouragement. i smell bullshit. and i hate this trope. i hate people who magically repair everything. not even mary poppins does it this way. however, i did like the kind-of superficial but still, glimpses we get into her character via the others’ narratives.
to end with, i couldn’t bear to sit through another hundred pages of this story but i think the author has potential and maybeeeee, i’ll pick alsaid’s next book.
review copy provided by publishers.