Let's Get Lost

Let's Get Lost

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by Adi Alsaid
     
 

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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.  

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE,

Overview

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.  

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/02/2014
Leila’s road trip to see the Northern Lights in Alaska takes her across the U.S. and into the lives of a series of desperate teens. In five multichapter vignettes, readers meet these characters in crisis, including Bree, an orphan who has run away from an older sister she considers overbearing, and Elliot, who has been rebuffed by his longtime crush on prom night. Leila spends one epic night trying to help each of these strangers, often going to extreme lengths—such sneaking a girl who has lost her passport across the Canadian border to stop a wedding disaster—before continuing her journey. The stories are distinct and Leila distinctive—she’s loyal, insightful, but no angel (she plays a drinking game with boys in one town and later gets arrested after taking an expensive car for a joyride). The individual conclusions to each section can be abrupt and a bit too neat, but debut author Alsaid creates enough adventure to make the stories feel breathless, if not always believable, ending with Leila’s own literal and figurative road home. Ages 14–up. Agency: Alloy Entertainment. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"Reminiscent of John Green's Paper Towns, Alsaid's debut is a gem."
-School Library Journal

"Characters are portrayed attractively and with a colorful authenticity... An entertaining and romantic road-trip debut."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Debut author Alsaid creates enough adventure to make the stories feel breathless."
- Publishers Weekly

"With romantic interludes, witty banter, some exhilarating minor drinking and law-breaking, an empowering message, and satisfying conclusions for everyone involved, this will likely be a popular summer hit, especially for older teens about to embark on their own journeys of self-discovery."
- Sarah Hunter, Booklist

"...An impressive novel by a rising star with effortless style and voice."
- RT Book Reviews

"A do-not-miss."
-Justine Magazine

"...for readers of John Green or any realistic YA authors, I would highly recommend this new wonderful novel."
-Fresh Fiction

"Follow Leila...on her action-packed quest toward self-discovery. This feel-good novel is four love stories for the price of one."
-Wendy Wunder, author of The Probability of Miracles

"Mesmerizing."
-Glitter Magazine

VOYA, August 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 3) - Jennifer McIntosh
Let’s Get Lost is a road trip book with a twist. Leila is traveling from Louisiana to Alaska to see the Northern Lights. Along the way, her trip is delayed by four people who need her help and Leila’s story is told through their eyes. Leila meets mechanic Hudson for a simple tune-up, but soon it is clear that there are sparks between Hudson and Leila and they set out for a night of epic fun and adventure—on the eve of Hudson’s medical school interview. Hundreds of miles later, Leila picks up hitchhiker and sometime shoplifter Bree and learns that seizing the day can be fun but can come with serious consequences. Elliot wants his life to be like a romantic comedy when he confesses his love for his childhood friend, but winds up with a drama instead. Leila helps him pick up the pieces and find the confidence to try again. On the border with Canada, Leila stumbles on guilt-ridden Sonia who is afraid to stop grieving for her deceased boyfriend and move on with a new love. Once Leila reaches the Northern Lights, she takes over her own story in the final section. Leila’s journey is emotional and exciting. Alsaid’s unique narrating style invites the reader to join in on the ride. Saving Leila’s voice for last lets readers get to know her the way her traveling companions do. Let’s Get Lost is a touching debut novel and worthy of addition to young adult collections. Reviewer: Jennifer McIntosh; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—An achingly beautiful story about the profound impacts of opening oneself to a stranger. Seventeen-year-old Leila, on a road trip to Alaska, gives each person she encounters a different reason for traveling to see the Northern Lights. First she meets Hudson, the best mechanic around and a medical school hopeful. With him she finds love but not before she leaves Hudson's dreams in shambles. As she continues her journey, Leila picks up hitchhiker Bree, whose skewed moral compass and heavy baggage land the girls in jail overnight. The protagonist is pivotal in Bree's intervention, pushing her to work things out with her orphaned sister. Next is Elliot, whom Leila almost kills with her distinctive too-red car. These two conspire to use '80s movies as inspiration to convince Elliot's unrequited love of his true feelings. Lastly, the teen consoles Sonia, who has lost and found love at the most inconvenient and confusing time in her life. They embark on a quest to smuggle missing wedding rings across the Canadian border, while Leila coaxes Sonia into letting go of her past and embracing the future. Readers learn little about Leila's motivations until the very end, when her tragic truth is revealed and some questions are still left unanswered. Reminiscent of John Green's Paper Towns (Dutton, 2008) and road trip novels that feature a teen paving the way to adulthood, Alsaid's debut is a gem among contemporary YA novels.—Jamie-Lee Schombs, Loyola School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-20
Road-tripping Leila acts as agent of change for four different teens.Hudson tunes up her car in Vicksburg, sparking an immediate romantic connection that leads to one great night and then a disaster. Bree, estranged from her older sister since their parents' deaths, is on a road trip of her own, encountering Leila in Kansas, where the two flirt with the law. Elliot is deeply in love with Maribel, but after she rejects his romantic advances, he flees the prom and, drunk, is clipped by Leila's car in Minneapolis, launching a farcical attempt at recovery. Sonia, caught between her love for her deceased boyfriend and a new romantic interest, ends up in Washington state on the wrong side of the border without her passport, where she's rescued by Leila. The final section is Leila's own as readers discover her tragic back story and motivation for the road trip. Her frenetic adventures with the other teens are told from their respective third-person points of view, maintaining her air of mystery and emphasizing her role as catalyst. Characters are portrayed attractively and with a colorful authenticity, although the plot necessarily strains at times to accommodate the structural conceit. Within each story, the end is fairly predictable, but as with all road trips, the point is how they get there.An entertaining and romantic road-trip debut. (Fiction. 13-18)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781460326718
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
07/29/2014
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
71,437
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Hudson could hear the car's engine from blocks away. He stepped outside the garage and closed his eyes, listening, picking apart the sounds so that he would know exactly what he'd have to fix before he even popped the hood.

Standing there against the garage, listening to the still-far-off car, Hudson could forget about everything else. About school and girls and his future and whether his friends were actually jackasses or just acting like them. With his eyes closed, Hudson could reduce the world to a single engine and nothing more; a world where he could not only name every little part but knew what it was for, how it worked, how to ix it.

He opened his eyes when he heard the car's brakes chirp as it slowed to turn into the garage. It was an old Plymouth Acclaim, the kind of car you either happily sent off to die or loved with your entire heart and refused to let go of. It had seen better days, its red paint job chipped and faded, its muffler not doing much muffling. He waved the driver forward to where he was standing. He was still identifying the car's problems when the girl killed the engine and climbed out.

He only allowed himself a quick glance at her, knowing as soon as he saw her that she was the kind of girl who could make you think your life was not complete unless she was in it. She was a jumble of contradictions: short but with long legs, fierce green eyes but a kind expression, baby-faced but wise. She was wearing a snug, plain red T-shirt that matched her car. Her hair was down, the black locks reaching just past her chin.

"Afternoon," she said, offering a polite smile.

He replied in kind, trying to adopt the professional tone he used with most customers. He asked her to pop the hood and then walked to the front of the car to release the latch. He meant to bury himself in work right away, but against instinct he stole another glance. How long would the memory of her face haunt him? Days? Weeks? "You having trouble with anything specific?"

"Well, not really," she said, slipping her hands into the back pockets of her shorts, which made her posture change in a way Hudson couldn't help but notice. The quiet world outside the garage noticed the change in her posture, the damp Mississippi air noticed, even the various grease stains spread out on the garage floor noticed. "I just got started on a road trip, and it's making a lot of noise, so I wanted to be sure it's in shape."

Hudson grabbed a clean rag of a nearby shelf and checked the oil and the transmission luid. He liked working in relative silence, nothing but the subtle sound of the cooling engine, his hands and tools on the machine. Something about this girl, though, made him chatty. "Where you goin'?"

"North," she said. 'All the way north."

"You from around here?" He suddenly felt self-conscious about his drawl, the hitch in his vowels, the overall lackluster quality of his presence.

"Nope. You?"

He chuckled as he ran his hands around the engine, checking for cracks in belts. "Born and raised." He nodded to himself as he made a mental checklist of what he'd need to fix. "Mind if I ask where you're from, then?"

"I don't," she said. He thought he heard her smile, but when he looked up, she was ambling around the garage, curiously examining the shelves and their bric-a-brac. "I was born in Texas. A little town not unlike this one."

"So, if you're from Texas, and you're going north, what brings you to Vicksburg? Not exactly on your way."

"I needed my car ixed, and I heard you were the best around," she said. He looked up again, and she grinned. Weeks, he thought to himself. I'll be thinking about that face for weeks. She walked around the car and joined him in front of the hood. "So, what do you think? Will she make the trip?"

"When I'm through with her, yeah. I'll flush out all the fluids, make sure your spark plugs are in shape. This belt might need replacing, but I think we've got the parts. I'll check your brakes, too, 'cause they didn't sound great on the way in. But nothing to worry about."

For a moment, Hudson forgot about the girl, thinking instead about getting his hands dirty, splotched by grease that he'd smear across his work pants, adding another battle scar to proudly display. "You like this, don't you?"

Hudson glanced up to find her standing so close that he could smell her scent fighting through the oil fumes in the garage. "Like what?"

"My face," she said, then smacked him playfully on the arm. "This, silly. Fixing cars. I can tell."

He shrugged, the kind of gesture one makes when there's no choice but to love something. "If you want, you can come inside while I write up an estimate."

"No need," she said. "Do whatever needs to be done. I trust you."

"Um, this could take a few hours," he said. "We've got coffee and a TV inside. Some magazines, too. There's also a pretty good burger joint down the road … ." He trailed off, realizing that he didn't want her to leave. Usually, no matter what distractions there were around, he could shut everything out and delve into his work. It was the same with studying at the library; friends could come by to tease him, cute girls from his class could take a seat and try to engage in conversation, but Hudson never let himself be swayed.

But there was something about this girl that made him want to hear her opinions on everything, hear about her day, tell her about his own.

"Or, you could stay here and keep me company," Hudson said.

She stepped away from Hudson, but instead of leaving the garage, she grabbed a folding chair that was leaning against a wall and propped it open. "If you don't mind," she said.

Hudson breathed a sigh of relief. How quickly his luck had turned. He'd come home from school to a long, empty afternoon of worrying about tomorrow's interview with the dean of admissions, with nothing but the occasional oil change to distract him. But now he had a full workload ahead of him and the company of a beautiful girl. He wiped his hands on the rag he'd grabbed earlier, and he got to work, racking his mind for something to say.

He could see her out of the corner of his eye, sitting quietly, moving just enough to look around the garage. Her gaze occasionally landed on Hudson, and his heart litted in response. "Did you know that certain mechanic schools have operating rooms with viewing areas, like you'd have in med school? Just like surgeons in training, there's only so much you can learn in a classroom. The only diference is that you don't have to get sterilized." Hudson peeked around the hood to catch her expression. The girl turned to him, an eyebrow arched, containing a smile by biting her bottom lip.

"I hear some students even faint the first time they see a car getting worked on. They just can't handle the gore," he quipped.

"Well, sure. All that oil—who can blame them?" She smiled and shook her head at him. "Dork."

He smiled back, then pulled her car up onto the lift so he could change the oil and the transmission luid. What had driven him to make such a silly comment, he couldn't say, nor could he explain why it had felt good when she called him a dork.

"Have you ever been to Mississippi before?" he asked, once the car was up.

"Can't say that I have."

"How long are you planning on staying?"

"I'm not sure, actually. I don't really have an itinerary I'm sticking to. I might just be passing through."

Hudson set up the funnel under the oil pan's drain plug, listening for the familiar glug of the heavy liquid pouring down to the disposal bins beside the lift. He searched for something else to say, feeling an urge to confide. "Well, if you want my opinion, you shouldn't leave until you've really seen the state. There's a lot of treasures around."

"Treasures? Of the buried variety?"

"Sure," Hudson said. "Just, metaphorically buried." He glanced at her, ready to catch her rolling her eyes or in some other way dismissing the comment. He'd never actually spoken the thought aloud to anyone, mostly because he expected people to think he was crazy to ind Vicksburg special. his girl looked curious, though, waiting for him to go on.

"Not necessarily buried, just hidden behind everyday life. Behind all the fast-food chains and boredom. People who like Vicksburg usually just like what Vicksburg isn't instead of all the things it is." Hudson plugged the oil drain and started lushing out the old transmission luid, hoping he wasn't babbling.

"Meaning?"

"It's not a big city, it's not polluted, it's not dangerous, it's not unfamiliar." God, he could feel himself starting to talk faster. "All of which are true, and good, sure. But it's not what Vicksburg really is, you know? That's the same thing as saying, 'I like you because you're not a murderer.' hat's a very good quality for a person to have, but it doesn't really tell you much about them."

Well done, Hudson thought to himself. Keep on talking about murderers; that's the perfect way to make a good impression. While the transmission luid cleared out, he examined the tread on the tires, which seemed to be in decent shape, and tried to steer his little speech away from felonies.

"I'm sorry, I usually don't go on like this. I guess you're just easy to talk to," Hudson said.

By some miracle, the girl was smiling at him. "Don't be sorry. That was a solid rant."

He grabbed a rag from his pocket and wiped his hands on it. "hanks. Most people aren't so interested in this stuf."

" Well, lucky for you, I can appreciate a good rant."

She gave him a smile and then turned to look out the garage, her eyes narrowed by the glare of the sun. Hudson wondered if he'd ever been so captivated by watching someone stare out into the distance. Even with the pretty girls he'd halfheartedly pursued, Kate and Suzanne and Ella, Hudson couldn't remember being so unable to look away.

"So, what are some of these hidden treasures?" she asked.

He walked around the car as if he was checking on something.

"Um," he said, impressed that she was taking the conversation in stride. "I'm drawing a blank. But you know what I mean, don't you? How sometimes you feel like you're the only person in the world who is seeing something?" he girl laughed, rich and warm. "I'll tell you one: It's quiet here," she said. She wiped at the thin film of sweat that had gathered on her forehead, using the moisture to comb back a couple of loose strands of hair. He could hear his dad around the back, testing the engine on the semi that had come in a few hours earlier. Hudson returned his attention to the car, tomorrow's interview being pushed to the back of his mind.

"It reminds me of where I grew up," the girl said. Hudson heard her chair scrape on the loor as she scooted it back and walked in his direction. He expected her to stand next to him, but she settled in somewhere behind him, out of sight. "At the elementary school that I went to, there was this soccer ield. It seems like nothing but an unkempt ield of grass if you drive by it." Hudson had to stop himself from turning around to watch her lips move as she spoke. "But every kid in Fredericksburg knows about the anthills. There's two of them, one at each end of the ield. One's full of black ants and the other red. Every summer the soccer ield gets overrun by this ant-on-ant war. I'm not sure if they're territorial or they just happen to feed off each other, but it's an incredible sight. All these little black and red things attacking each other, like watching thousands of checkers games being played from very far away. And it's this little Fredericksburg treasure, just for us."

Hudson caught himself smiling at the engine instead of replacing the spark plugs. "That's great," he said, the words feeling too flat. The girl hadn't just let him ramble on; she'd known exactly what he meant. No one, not even Hudson's dad, had ever understood him so perfectly. There was a pause that Hudson didn't know how to ill. He thought about asking her why the car was registered to an address in Louisiana instead of Texas, but it didn't seem like the right time. He was thankful when the engine of the semi his dad had been working on started, and the truck began to maneuver its way out of the garage in a cacophonous series of back-up beeping and gear shifts.

When the truck had rumbled away down the street, Hudson turned around to look at the girl, but, feeling self-conscious under her gaze, he pretended to search for something on the shelves beside her. "When I'm done with your car, want to go on a treasure hunt?"

Hudson wasn't sure where the question had come from, but he was glad he hadn't paused to think about it, hadn't given himself time to shy away from saying it out loud.

The question seemed to catch the girl off guard. "You want to show me around?" She glanced down at her feet, bare except for the red outline of her lip-lops.

"If you're not busy, I mean."

She seemed wary, which felt like an entirely reasonable thing for her to be. Hudson couldn't believe he'd asked a stranger to go on a treasure hunt with him.

"Okay, sure," she managed to say right before Hudson heard his dad enter the garage and call his name.

"Excuse me just one second," he said to the girl, raising an apologetic hand as he sidestepped her. He resisted the urge to put a hand on her as he slid by so close, just a light touch on her lower back, on her shoulder, and joined his dad at the garage door.

"Hey, Pop," Hudson said, putting his hands on his hips, mimicking his dad's stance.

"Good day at school?"

"Yup. Nothing special. I did another mock interview with the counselor during lunch. Did pretty well, I think. That's about it."

His dad nodded a few times, then motioned toward the car. "What are you working on here?"

"General tune-up," Hudson replied. "Filters, luids, spark plugs. A new V-belt."

"I can inish up for you. You should get some rest for tomorrow."

"I'm almost done," Hudson said, already sensing the discomfort he felt any time he had to ask his dad about something Hudson knew his dad wouldn't approve of. "here's just … ." He looked back to see whether the girl was within earshot. "Well, this girl, she wants me to show her around town." He waited to see if his dad would run a hand through his graying hair, his telltale sign of disapproval. "I promise I'll be back for dinner," Hudson added.

His dad glanced at his old Timex. "One hour," he said, adding a reminder about how early Hudson would have to get up tomorrow to drive the fifty miles to the University of Mississippi campus in Jackson. " We don't want you to be too tired."

"I won't be, I promise," he said, tiny fantasies of the next hour with the girl already looding his head. The back of their hands grazing against each other—not entirely by accident—as they walked; her leg resting against his as they sat somewhere together, getting to know each other. Already racking his mind for places where he could take her, Hudson thanked his dad with a quick hug and then went back to the front of the car. The girl had a hand resting on the hood, staring vaguely at the engine block. "I just have a couple more things to do, and then we can get going," he said.

"Great." Her lips spread into a warm, genuine smile, and she held out her hand. "By the way, I'm Leila."

He wiped his hand off on his work pants and said his name as he shook her hand. Months, he thought to himself, his fingers practically buzzing at the touch of her skin. I'll be thinking about her for months.

Meet the Author

Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City. He attended college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After graduating, he packed up his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches basketball, and makes every dish he eats as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he's lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas and Monterey, California. Visit Adi online at www.SomewhereOverTheSun.com, or on Twitter: @AdiAlsaid.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book yesterday since the author was coming to speak at my college today. I'm happy to have found this wonderful read and will gladly read more of his future works. Adi Alsaid was an incredibly nice person who produced a book that both young adults and adults can greatly enjoy. Beware though....once you read this you will desperatly want to hop in the car and experience all you can!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read - for young adults (and adults!) looking for a feel-good story. Or more accurately, feel good stories. The book oversees the road trip of Leila, told through the eyes of peers she meets along the way. It's an excellent format that keeps the reader engaged throughout the book. You get to know each of the characters, who are well-developed throughout. My favorite aspect of this book is that it effortlessly and realistically captures the language and feelings of the teenagers it depicts, without being patronizing or overly poignant. I was genuinely sad for this book to end, as I didn't want it to be over! When I closed the back cover, I was smiling ear-to-ear with the same satisfaction and warm feelings I had after watching 'Love, Actually.' I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a pick-me-up. 'Let's Get Lost' reminds you to take control of your journey, and be open and caring to everyone you meet along the way. 
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
“Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. ” That opening line of the synopsis was all I had to read to know I would be reading this book. Maybe that that mostly because of my obsession with road trip books. Either way, I knew I was going to be reading this book. When I listened to a sample of the audiobook, I was sure that was the way I would be reading this book. A good narrator can make a break a book. In this case, she brought this story completely to life. Let’s Get Lost revolves around Leila, who is on a road trip and meets four different strangers along the way. The story is uniquely told through the POV’s of these four characters, rather than Leila’s. I really enjoyed how we got to know Leila through these other characters, rather than through her own voice. It brought another level to this story that we wouldn’t have received if reading only Leila’s words. First Leila meets Hudson, then Bree, thirdly Elliot, and finally Sonia. Each character is battling something in their lives. Each part of the book presents us with a character who Leila meets along her road trip, picks up, and the two work through their difficulties together, both learning something from the experience. Leila helps each one of these characters, and at the same time learns so much to better herself in the process. I’m a huge wimp and could never even fathom the idea of picking up a hitchhiker or bumping into a stranger and taking them under my wing so quickly and easily. I thought at first that this concept would be hard for me to grasp. But Leila’s character is such that I found it warm and impressive, rather than unrealistic as I had originally feared. “People go entire lives without figuring out exactly what they want from life. You already have it, and the future you and your dad have planned out for you in going to take it away from you.” Let’s Get Lost was more than I had hoped it would be. A true road trip journey, full of character growth, lessons, and emotional scenes. I really enjoyed this book, and I can wholeheartedly say that I think many others will as well. With likeable and entertaining characters, a smooth, easy story line, and tons of road trip drama to keep you happy, this book is sure to please. If you enjoy a good road trip book with lessons to learn along the way, this book is for you!
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
There are very few authors that can capture the true feeling of wanderlust - that deep desire to roam freely and find oneself. Adi Alsaid has not only captured the true essence of a self-journey, but he's also managed to bring five unforgettable main characters that .  Through multiple points-of-view, we learn that Leila is a girl on a mission, she is heading to Alaska to see the Northern Lights. Why is this tiny girl traveling across the States all alone, no one is really sure. Each time someone asks, she's very vague and changes the topic. However, Leila doesn't mind getting sidetracked a few times, and it's during these times that we meet four people during the most pivotal moments of their lives.  First we meet Hunter, sweet Hunter who is doing his best to stay out of trouble and get a scholarship to go to college. However, upon meeting Leila, he is smitten with her and after doing some maintenance work on her car offers to show her around town just so he can have as much time with her before she continues on. And then, it only takes one night to turn his life upside down, and Leila just happens to be there right beside him. Will he follow his heart? Or will he do what he thinks he's suppose to do? Next, we meet Bree, a runaway who has lost both her parents to illnesses and couldn't stand to be mothered by her sister anymore. Being on the road for months has made Bree a pro at choosing who to trust, and how to survive on pure adrenaline. Until she hits the ultimate high and finds herself in a very bad predicament, and poor Leila is right beside her. Is this the end of the road, for both Bree and Leila? There's only one option, and the percentage of that one thing working out is too close to 0. And then we meet Elliot, the boy who wears his heart on his sleeve and doesn't know it. The boy who is so crazy in love and needs to create a magical movie moment in order to claim it. However, even though we all know how those movies from the 80's go and end, Elliot is far off script. Leila is now the unforeseen twist to his plot... and every time everyone thinks things couldn't get worse, they do... And lastly, we meet Sonia who is grieving lost love in the throes of new love. Is it possible to love two people at the same time? Leila doesn't know the answer to that but is willing to help Sonia sort it out, even if it includes crossing the border illegally.  Just like Leila, we briefly encounter each character during the most pivotal moments of their lives. Just like life, you never know who or what you'll come across. Leila's experiences will make you question yourself... can you really make a friend, find true love, forgive and figure out the most questionable things in life within hours of meeting the right person? The writing is poetic, imaginative but realistic, and heartwarming. I felt like I was in the backseat of Leila's car for every single second of her trip and experienced every single drop of each of the characters blood, sweat and tears.  For me, the ending was unexpected and melted my heart, it was exactly what I had hoped for.  I hope to see these characters again in the near future, perhaps in a novella or short story? I do wish to see how they're all doing now...  Lovers of contemporaries, especially about books that include road trips and matters of the heart, will overly enjoy this and reread many, many times... again and again! I am really looking forward to seeing more from this author soon! He's already on my insta-buy list for sure!!!  An ARC was provided from another blogger to share our love of books. All thoughts are mine and not influenced by any other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book completely transported me, it was that amazing. Definitely do not regret it, and will be reading again and again. Funny, unexpected, and memorable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was perfectly written.The writer has done a great job in carrying the reader with the story.However, story itself is not strong. I don't think i would recommend it to anyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so much more than the fun, light-hearted travel book that I was expecting. Like so many road trip stories it had adventures, bad spur of the moment decisions, and a great soundtrack, but the real reason the story resonated with me so much had a lot more to do with the lives Leila impacts along her journey, and a lot less to do with her journey itself. It can be a real challenge to create five different narrators who stand apart from each other, who have distinctive voices and stories and lives that overlap without blurring together, and LET'S GET LOST pulls it off beautifully. I'll definitely be checking out more of Adi Alsaid's work in the future, thanks to this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this book about 3 months ago on the last day of high school, and as a recent graduate, I found it a nice way to end my high school days and transition into summer and soon, college life (which is in a couple of days now). This book left me feeling really nostalgic and I don't regret reading it. It's a perfect summer read. "Let's Get Lost" is told in five different POVs all revolving around this one character, Leila, going on a road trip. The characters she meet deal with high school-related stuff like college and prom, as well as more personal stuff like sibling-related problems and romantic relationships. I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially high school seniors, because the characters are so relatable with the problems they face and it's reassuring in the way that there's always someone out there who will either understand what you're going through or help you go through it, or both.
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Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
LET'S GET LOST is made up of five parts, each of them divided into about seven or eight chapters. In his debut novel Adi Alsaid tells the stories of Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia. They are stories about friendship, family, and love. Running away from the past, being scared of the future and how to make up for your mistakes. What connects their stories and makes up the fifth part of the book is the story of a wonderfully warm and caring girl named Leila. She helps Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia on her way and makes friends for a lifetime. I almost couldn't believe she wanted to drive all the way to Alaska to see the Northern Lights. Such a crazily exciting trip! Adi Alsaid wrote one delightfully different road trip. Leila's adventure isn't about sightseeing only, but more about the people she meets along the way. Just like Leila I've been wanting to see the Northern Lights. I spent three weeks in the North of Sweden, but never got the chance to actually see them. So this book gives me a good excuse to fly to Alaska and lie down in a clearing just like Leila did. Leila really impressed me! All five stories stand for themselves, and at the same time are connected by Leila's generosity, her kindness, bravery and friendship. And they all had something to do with being lost and wanting to be found, wanting to find your own way in life. There were various parallels between every story that connected them in a meaningful way. Leila helps those teens get through the night and when the new day dawns they might actually find what they've been looking for for all this time. With a few nuances the story could've moved to a deeper emotional level, even more than it ultimately did. Most of the story is about the teens Leila makes friends with and their lives and only a small part of the story is about Leila herself and what this road trip means to her. Also, she kisses Hudson, the first boy she meets on her trip and I would not be surprised if you hoped for them to see each other again just like I did for the entire book. Theirs is a subtle and great love story! Adi Alsaid has a talent to zoom in on great moments and capture them, make them appear in detail and vibrance. Some parts of this story read like the script to an epic YA contemp movie version of LET'S GET LOST. Really hoping to see this one on the big screen some day! 5/5 ***** LET'S GET LOST - A brilliant debut novel with an epic road trip, postcards, new friends and all the things that make life so unexpectedly beautiful. I have never marked so many sentences as favourite quotes on my kindle before! You really want to get lost in Leila's story. The beautiful writing of Adi Alsaid makes her story come alive and feel as meaningful and beautiful as a favourite YA contemporary novel should in order to stay with you and your friends for a long time. LET'S GET LOST is a favourite of mine, too.
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edengrey More than 1 year ago
LET'S GET LOST is the debut contemporary coming-of-age novel by Adi Alsaid, and he really gets it right the first time. This is a strong story that I highly recommend to anyone wanting a good contemporary story about love, friendship, family, and adventure. LET'S GET LOST is told in 5 parts, each one from a different character's point of view. I absolutely loved having multiple points of view in a single story - this is something that doesn't happen enough in YA fiction. We are immediately thrown into the story from Hudson's point of view. I really respect a story that gets started so fast, and then is able to keep up the pace. The writing is simply spectacular, the pacing is perfect, and the characters are just real enough to be someone you might know in life.  As for the issue of love at first sight, I think it is actually quite realistically handled. When Hudson first meets Leila he thinks, "I'll be thinking about that face for weeks." By the end of the first chapter he's upgraded her status to: "I'll be thinking about her for months." This is real life. This is what really happens when you meet someone, and their smile makes your heart skip a beat. When your arm brushes theirs and you can feel it all the way down to your toes. Hudson is a seriously multi-dimensional character, and I honestly fell in love with him right away. The way he and Leila interact is really entertaining, too. The banter between them is just the right amount of funny and awkward, and the tension is cut in all the right ways.  Contemporary teen novels are often plagued by a sense of pretentious superiority in that their protagonists are something like literary hipsters, quoting American classics and obscure European novelists alike. Want to talk about Vonnegut? Don't bring him up in a conversation you have with your friends in the back of a van while eating junk food, or in a diner booth slurping down milkshakes. In LET'S GET LOST the only Vonnegut we see is in quotes on a bathroom wall. This is realistic. This is what teens do. I'm not saying teens can't have a deep conversation about literature, but that it is simply not appropriate content for this kind of book. Alsaid leaves the pretentious teens out of the book, and I am so grateful for that.  Let's talk about Leila. You may think she's just another manic-pixie-dream-girl, but you'd be wrong. Leila is just a girl on a quest to figure out some intense problems in the only way she knows how. Throughout most of the book Leila seems distant and fake - more like the idea of a road-tripping girl than an actual girl on a road trip. But there's a reason for that, and it's a good one. Leila is discovering herself just as much as we are discovering her, and the moments when she does are really subtle. You've got to look for them, to pay attention to the clues, like that she hates hospitals and cries while driving. When you're reading from Hudson, or Bree, or Sonia's point of view it isn't always obvious when the real Leila sneaks through the facade.  The Verdict? Read it. LET'S GET LOST is just as good as John Green's road trip novel, PAPER TOWNS. In fact, I liked it better. It's more realistic, the characters have more depth, and while it isn't as funny, it's not meant to be comedic. Leila's road trip is a serious personal journey of discovery, and I loved being along for the ride.
TElizabeth97 More than 1 year ago
New favorite book. Not a lot of people are capable of doing what Alsaid did in this novel. I felt a complete understanding and connection with the characters. 
valercrazy More than 1 year ago
It’s written in five parts, one for each Hudson, Bree, Elliot, Sonia, and Leila, which was unique to most books I’ve read. I loved it because it was like a photomosaic puzzles where lots of pictures make up an even bigger picture. Each person that Leila met told their story of Leila through their eyes which taught the reader about both the person and Leila overall.  What I loved most about this novel is that every reader can identify with one of the five people in this novel. I identify with Hudson, who realizes that home can be where you are meant to be. I went off to college in an extremely small town and after graduation moved home to realize that Dallas is where I want to be. Adi mentioned that he most identifies with Elliot because in high school he was familiar with unrequited love. How cool is that, one book that hits so close to home for so many people, man, talk about awesome. Besides that, it allows you to understand others and truly appreciate the people that you know.  There are many times in my life when I find it appropriate to quote the most beautiful song about friendship, “For Good” from the musical Wicked. I could quote the entire song here and it would be applicable but to sum it up, it’s about how the people in our life affect us. Many of us are lucky enough to have special people in our lives but still, many of us have lost important people in our lives through whatever circumstances. Leila might never talk to Bree again but she left her “handprint on her heart”. She may never see Elliot again but knowing him has changed her “for good”. It’s refreshing to remember to take in every day and not mope about tomorrow. My two best friends live in small towns around the state but instead of mope about it, we take each moment we get and treasure it. There are people we meet in passing and others we meet that stay but both are important, both matter.  I’ve been obsessed with indie movies for quite some time now but not because it’s cool or whatever, but because it’s realistic; life doesn’t always end with a proposal and a nice, neat bow, sometimes life gives you an opportunity and you get to do with that what you will. That is what I loved most about this book, I think. The emotions were real but it wasn’t neatly packaged at the end, it instead inspired hope the future and excitement for what may come, good or bad.  To sum up: I’m surprised that I actually found some words to describe how I feel about this book. Go read it now. 
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
   I have a problem. I always get caught up in hype for books. It soars to the top of my to-read list, I scramble to get my hands on it, and then I'm let down like no other. That's sort of how Let's Get Lost was for me. It's been one of my most anticipated books of the summer. For me, the synopsis was misleading. I thought this was going to be about an epic road trip with a mixture of teenagers. It wasn't. It's more like a compilation of five short stories with only one thread holding them together.   There are five parts to the book; Hudson's story, Bree's Story, Elliot's story, Sonia's story, and finally, Leila's story. Leila is the common denominator in all of the stories. I didn't enjoy the character of Leila at all and the narration didn't help me bond with her either. There was too much focus on how she looked and affected the other characters instead of just focusing on her as a person. Hudson- This was my least favorite story of the book. I think it really set the tone for how I would perceive Leila, and it wasn't a good thing. At this point, I still expected the book to be focused on a road trip as the blurb suggests. It wasn't. I was immensely bored with this part. It seemed to drag on and on needlessly. Bree- I think I liked this story the best. There wasn't a focus on Leila's looks for once. It was refreshing. Even though a lot of the elements of this story were a cliche, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Bree was a character that I would have rather learned more about instead of Leila. Elliot- If you ever look in the encyclopedia for books that end too perfectly, this part of the book would be there. Elliot was an alright character. A bit cliched, but I was expecting it at this point. But the way this part ends? Too sickeningly sweet. Sonia- Besides with Bree, this was the only time that I felt like Leila was truly on an adventure. Her and Sonia were enjoyable to read. I want more of Stoner Timmy. I was confused at how quickly this story sped towards the ending, though. Leila- Like I mentioned before, I didn't feel much for Leila. Her story didn't change that. While I have sympathy for what she went through, I still felt no connection to her. There were a lot of predictable things that culminated into one big facepalm at the end.   I struggle with rating this book. At times, I saw the potential. It's undeniable that Adi Alsaid has talent with writing. But I feel like this book fell so short on what it could have been. Striving for the perfect ending for every character overshadowed the stories they had to tell. **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
zollerj More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to read the advance copy of this book. I thought the whole storyline was so captivating that I wasn´t able to put the book down and ended up reading the whole thing in a day. I have also been lucky enough to have been able to read more of Adi Alsaid´s work, and I´m confident that this is only the beginning to a great author career.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited and NetGalley.) This was an okay story, but it was a bit crazy in places! The characters in this were varied, and I didn’t like some of them. Leila seemed to be really easily led, up for anything, and destined to get herself in trouble. She seemed to like to shift the blame onto someone else, and then do whatever crazy idea the next person she came across had! Another character that I didn’t really like was Bree. She was seriously crazy, and the things she wanted to do were really illegal! So not impressed by her. The storyline in this was split into 5 parts, following Hudson, Bree, Eliot, Sonia, and Leila. Each had their own story, and some were worse than others. Hudson’s story was more odd than anything, and I felt a little sorry for him when Leila told him that everything was his own fault! Bree was crazy and her story was quite bizarre. Why Leila felt the need to go along with her ridiculous and illegal plans I don’t know, and I thought this story was quite silly. Elliot’s story was about unrequited love, but was kind-of forgettable. Sonia’s story was okay, but the way that Sonia and Leila tried to get across the Canadian border was just ridiculous. You can’t just sneak across the freaking border like that! There was some romance in this book, but to be honest I thought it was a little unbelievable, and I didn’t like it. The ending was mainly about explaining Leila’s behaviour to us, which was enlightening, the real ending revolved around the romance though, which I wasn’t overly happy about. Overall; an okay story, but a little crazy in places, 6.5 out of 10.
Liza_Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
One of the Best Books I Ever Read! When books get a lot of hype and many bloggers that I trust recommend it so highly, I get a little skeptical and hesitant.  What if I don’t love it as much as they did?  In the case of Let’s Get Lost, my hesitation was unfounded.  I have one word to describe it: Magnificent. I’ve always been fond of “road trip” books and Let’s Get Lost is one of the very best.  This is a story told in five parts, and we shall tackle each now. Hudson is graduating from high school and ready for a college interview in the eve of which he meets Leila.  Hudson is smart, loves to read and loves his father and the life he knows.  He immediately connects with Leila even if neither one can understand the depth of what’s happening.  They know each other for less than 24 hours, but they leave a monumental imprint on each other. “He let some time pass, focusing on nothing but her in his arms. Then he leaned his neck toward her and kissed the top of her head.  He kissed her softly, not because he wanted anything, but because he could no longer keep the kiss to himself.” Bree ran away from home and is living in the moment, even if she has to steal those moments.  She has lost her way and lost sight of what really matters. It took a scary encounter with the law for her to realize the meaning of family and forgiveness. “Bree thought about the arc of her day in terms of temperature, starting with the sunburn on the side of the road, the sweltering heat of Laila’s car, the cold initial blast from the Mercedes, and now the miraculous way that dark could make the air pleasant. “People don’t appreciate the Earth’s rotation enough,” she said, slipping a finger through the cracked windows.” Elliot is so much fun!  He has been in love with his best friend forever. When a prom night declaration goes south, he finds in Leila a partner working towards a common goal.  Elliot is nerdy, quirky, loving, and honest. This was perhaps the funniest story!  The creepy dolls, the almost running over, the bathroom scene, the movie references; and his mom is exactly like my aunt! “You keep saying that,” Elliot said. He was shaking his head, even though he could feel a small part of him flaring with hope. “But life’s not like the movies, You try to live your life like the movies, and you end up with a bloody hand and a broken heart.” Sonia has a lost love and found it again in a short time.  She feels guilt and shame, and doesn’t know what to do, it’s in this state that she finds Leila.  They become partners on their goal to get to a wedding and their antics are so funny.  Stoner Timmy is hilarious in his “dude” sort of way. “You’ve been lucky to fall in love twice in our life already. The coming of it may be a little confusing, but don’t think for a second later it cheapens either of the relationships.” Leila stood up, reaching for the tissues by the bed and handing one to Sonia.” Leila wants to see the northern lights.  She takes a car and travels by herself to see them in Alaska. We know throughout the story that it is the goal of the trip, but not why.  She is forever solving other people’s problems, but volunteers very little information about herself.  In this last part of the book we found out why.  Leila is so accepting of other, she has an open mind and will try everything at least once.  She’s spontaneous, loyal, loving, and unconcerned by conventionalism and rules. I’m so happy that things ended so well for her. “People hurt each other,” Leila said without much inflection in her voice. “It happens to everyone. Internationally, unintentionally, regretfully or not. It’s a part of what we do as people.  The beauty is that we have the ability to heal and forgive.” Each story is unique, with a combination of sad, happy and funny.  You will laugh at the same time that you will cry.  They all have Laila and her fun, insightful and accepting personality in common.  Even though Laila’s time with each of the characters was short, she had a big impression on them on a moment that was crucial to them. I also love the postcards between each part of the book. Let’s Get Lost is a story of discovery and loss, a story of heartbreak and the restoring power of love, a story about dreams and reality, a story about the power of losing yourself and most importantly of finding yourself; a story of dreams and facing reality;  story of knowing when to fight and when to let go.  The writing, as you can appreciate from the quotes above, is magnificent.  It’s funny, heartfelt, insightful, and intuitive.  I honestly wished the book was longer, so I didn’t have to reach the last page.  Personal note:  I briefly saw Adi Alsaid at the Harlequin Teen Hour signing at BEA this year.  He graciously posed for this picture and asked me where I was from (probably due to my accent!) and proceeded to pronounce Puerto Rico with a perfect Spanish pronunciation and told us he was from Mexico.  Lovely! Adi Alsaid Adi Alsaid Let’s Get Lost is one of the best books I’ve ever read and I’m sure that it will stay with me for a long time. I cannot wait for the next one. Mr. Alsaid, uno de los mejores libros que he leído en mi vida, espero que el próximo sea mejor (¡sin presión alguna!)
nacbookworm More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing.  BETTER than John Green, but didn't leave me depressed at the end.  Super uplifting, with lots of emotional moments and great characters.  All fans of ten fiction must pick up this book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful. To anybody looking to get lost in a world of enchanting imagery and stories that connect to you at the most human levels, then this is for you.
jenniferstrand More than 1 year ago
I've heard mixed reviews on this one and I'm so pleased to say that I fall on the side that really liked this book!  Mainly because I really, really, REALLY liked Leila.  I wasn't sure about her when we first meet her meeting Hudson, but she's a good egg, that one.  I also love that we basically get five short stories in one.  Now don't be fooled, this is Leila's story. It's her journey that will make you realize just how beautiful this story is, but I can't discount how fabulous her encounters with Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia are.  They're fun!  And a little heartbreaking.  (Minneapolis represent, yo!)  Watching Leila enter the lives of these four individuals and make such a huge impact on each of them is nothing short of inspirational.  Seriously.  Kindness goes a long way, folks.  It can change a persons life. And can we talk about the WORDS, please?  I've never highlighted as many sentences because of their sheer beauty in a book before.  Let me share my favorite. "She was exhilarated by sharing it with someone else, but terrified that speaking it might make it leave her memory, the way confessions unburdened a sinner of his crimes." I love this passage. Mucho.  You can read more of these gems over at Alsaid's tumblr page.  Be prepared for epicness. I have mixed feelings about the ending. It made me both happy and sad at the same time, which are two difficult emotions to portray at the same time.  It's kind of like a straight face because they cancel each other out. Whatever. I'm just...conflicted.  I'd love to hear your take on it once you've read it.  Come back and tell me what you think, okay?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good.
HoneyBunnyx More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is great for anyone 12 and up! Wonderful!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adi does a great job keeping you glued to the book! His characters are real, live, funny, adventurous adolescents. Loved the book!