Let's Get Lost

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A compelling YA novel from the best-selling author of Guitar Girl!

Isabel is the girl who rules the school with an iron fist and a gang of minions who do her bidding. Her friends are scared of her, her teachers can't get through to her, and that's just the way she likes it. With her razor-sharp edges and tall walls, nothing gets to Isabel—and no one, but no one, is ever going to discover her dark, sad secrets. Then she meets Smith. And Isabel learns that sometimes when all the ...

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Overview

A compelling YA novel from the best-selling author of Guitar Girl!

Isabel is the girl who rules the school with an iron fist and a gang of minions who do her bidding. Her friends are scared of her, her teachers can't get through to her, and that's just the way she likes it. With her razor-sharp edges and tall walls, nothing gets to Isabel—and no one, but no one, is ever going to discover her dark, sad secrets. Then she meets Smith. And Isabel learns that sometimes when all the expectations and pressures are too much, you just need someone to help you get lost.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leslie Wolfson
It's difficult to like Isabel Clarke, the main character in this young adult novel. Her mother recently died in a car crash, but it hasn't slowed Isabel down at all. She is the teenager from hell—she stays out late, smokes cigarettes, gets roaring drunk at parties, makes out with guys she barely knows, is disrespectful to her father and other authority figures, and is unrelentingly nasty to her fellow students. She's not even nice to her best friends, or "minions," who she calls "The Trio of Evil." Although she is a straight-A student, her behavior at school also leaves much to be desired; among her underhanded moves, she takes an incriminating photograph on her cell phone of a fellow student in a compromising position, and then posts it on the Internet. It's clear that Isabel doesn't like herself any more than she does anyone else, and she justifies her behavior by saying, "It's not like I enjoy it. It's just what I have to do to get through school." Once she meets Atticus Smith, her world changes. He is a free-spirited college student, unlike anyone Isabel has ever met before, and he appears to like her despite her nastiness. Their emerging relationship is based on a series of lies, which eventually backfires. Isabel is clearly unable and unwilling to deal with her mother's death, and drives everyone she cares about away from her. Her tough, I-don't-need-anyone attitude wears thin, and it may be hard for readers to feel much empathy for her. Thankfully, Isabel is somewhat redeemed by the end of the book.
KLIATT - Janis Flint-Ferguson
Isabel is a high school student in trouble. She has survived years of bullying by bullying back. She is caustic in her remarks and brutal in her verbal attacks. Classmates had hoped for some softening now that she has recently experienced the death of her mother; they were wrong. She is proud of her reputation as a "mean girl," or at least that is the impression she gives. Isabel convinces herself that nothing has changed, that her attitude is necessary and that she is in control. When she meets Smith, an older college student, she is drawn into a relationship built on lies and in a sexual relationship she cannot help but talk about. She manipulates friends to cover for her but they decide to fight back, getting her into trouble with school officials and her father. Standing up to her is no easy task and when her father uses tough love to try to reestablish his authority, she balks and runs away. It is only after Isabel's lies have collapsed around her that she is able to face the truth, both the truth about herself and the truth about her mother's death. This is a compelling novel but one filled with rough language, vulgar British slang, inappropriate behavior and sexual references. Isabel has become hard in order to keep her soft side from showing. Ultimately it takes the caring relationships with Smith and her father to keep her from destroying herself.
VOYA - Kathie Fitch
Isabel lets no one in her life. She is sarcastic and rude to everyone at school. Her home life is almost unbearable as she has shouting matches with her lonely father, who continues to grieve over her mother's death, resulting in punishments of being confined to her room and the silent treatment from him. Her nine-year-old brother also incurs her wrath with his pranks as he tries to gain her attention. She has three girlfriends whom she bullies into submission. One night they go to a local club where she meets Smith, real name Atticus, and she tells him that she is eighteen and out of school when actually she is sixteen and very much in school. She is attracted to him but maintains her aloof image. They exchange iPods, thus insuring a future meeting. As their stormy relationship builds so do a myriad of Isabel's lies and deceptions to him and to her father. Predictably her friends gang up on her to cause her downfall by informing Smith of her real age and her father of her activities. It is painful to watch Isabel self-destruct with her family and the boy she eventually loves enough to have her first sexual experience. There is also a veiled impression that she had something to do with her mother's death, another secret she keeps locked inside. The haughty, arrogant girl at the beginning of the book slowly emerges as a scared teenager desperate for love and self-worth. The use of British slang might annoy some readers, but it is in keeping with the story. The ending is hopeful if not happy.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Isabel, 16, is not the warmest soul. She credits her "place at the top of the school pecking order" to her status as "the biggest bitch to ever stalk" the halls of the institution. She rules the roost at home, too; her father's attempts to set limits are met with sharp retorts and defiance. No one could ever guess how uncertain and frightened she feels. She has horrible nightmares on the few nights she is able to sleep and, more often than not, drinks to ease any doubts about her burgeoning relationship with a college student whom she met at a party. The teen's prickly nature and first-strike mentality are explained in part by the recent death of her mother; however, while readers may in fact know people like Isabel, she is not easy to relate to or even care about. Upon discovering her father's plans to send her away to school, she seeks solace in alcohol and in former enemies, and ends up narrowly avoiding tragedy. The resolution seems inevitable, yet is not completely satisfying. Veteran readers of Manning might be interested in the activities of Isabel's boyfriend, Smith, and his roommates, who are ex-members of the band The Hormones from the author's Guitar Girl (Dutton, 2004).-Amy S. Pattee, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Isabel, a 16-year-old British teen, passes herself off as 18 to hook up with an older boy, embarks on alcohol binges, bullies classmates, is rude and is oh-so-bored-with-it-all-but she is covering up deep emotional pain. The problem is readers are not clued in to her past until the last 20 pages. Until the cause of the pain is revealed, Isabel comes across as an unreasonably angry shrew. She crushes on Smith, the older guy with whom she loses her virginity, and then emotionally slams him. Unwilling to broadcast the sexual relationship, or end it, Isabel deceives her father and friends and sneaks off to passionate weekends in Smith's arms. Manning provides an all-access portrait of a hurting and at-risk girl, causing the work to read a bit long. That said, this title will please fans of teen titles featuring bold and layered female characters such as Joyce Carol Oates's Big Mouth and Ugly Girl (2002) or Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (May 2006), co-authored by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142411858
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/12/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 544,384
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 6.96 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarra Manning lives in North London, England.

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

    An Emotional Rollercoaster

    Lies, that's what got British 16-year-old Isabel into this mess. She likes to think she's the toughest kid in all of England, but her pent-up emotions about her mother's death make her vulnerable. Her relationship with her father is tearing at the seams, a relationship sustained by lies. Lies about where she's going, lies about who's she with, lies about her drinking. Then Smith, who thinks she's 18, comes striding in. With his no-bs attitude and laid back way of handling things, Isabel's walls start to come crashing down, and so do her lies, driving away everyone who is important to her. Sara Manning's "Let's Get Lost" will captivate you from the first chapter.

    Sara Manning has struck gold with this young adult novel. Her way of connecting with the readers through this character deserves to be applauded. From the beginning to the end you can feel Isabel's pain as if it were your own. The way she ties in her previous hit "Guitar Girl," is smoothly done. This book will have you laughing and crying. Even adults will be thrown back into their youth with a vivid story anyone can connect to. So grab your tissues and get ready for an emotional roller coaster ride.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2008

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    Isabel is not one of your average, main character girls in Let's Get Lost, by Sarra Manning. In this book, Isabel, and her other three friends, are the "mean girls" around town and are always our partying and getting drunk. <BR/><BR/>In my opinion, this book really emphasizes on how someone might act in certain situation of a loved one's death. Isabel's emotions are always bottled up when it comes to talking about her mother. <BR/><BR/>Though this is probably one of the main problems Isabel has, the other problem is the guy she meets one day named Smith. Though she may like Smith, her on and off attitude and her constant lying are driving each other two seperate ways. Not to mention her father not knowing that she's seeing a guy thats over 18.<BR/><BR/>This all leads to one incident where the truth about everything is revealed and Isabel's true emotions come crashing through to a great climax and a really big, heartwrenching ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

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    Have no words , not sure that's a good thing

    Okay Im gona start with the good things , i don't want to seem like im raining on top of the other Amazing reviews to the book , i't just saying it wasn't my cup of tea.

    The book was very well written , I love the fact that the characters were British Which is totally genius. I loved the fact that Isabel didn't care about what anyone thought and was completely kick-butt ! (Cant say the other word).

    The story was very realistic , the way she described losing her virginity , her relationship with Smith , with out sugar coating ANYTHING , just laying it all out there . I like the message that I for one got from this book , and that is to not pretend to be someone your not . Life is easier when your yourself and don't have to lie every second.

    On the second thought i think she should have put Smith's head down the LOO!!! . I thought he was sweet and cute . but when i found out at the end that he still loved Molly ! . That was truly despicable on his behalf . How could he make love to her and pretend like her loves her when he doesn't . That made me furious .

    I was disappointed with the ending a little . I wanted Isabel to tell Smith and his Bum to kick the curb . But i thought it was sweet that she worked things out with her family and Learned to deal with her issues .

    I wish i could give it 3 1/2 stars but it doesnt work that way .

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    LLLLOOOOOVVEEEEE IIIITTTTT!

    This is such a great book! besides the Language, This book is totally the bomb! =)

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    Terrible!

    I hated this book, it took me ages to finish. I didnt like any of the characters and the story sucked. I hated the main girl she did not make any sense. I really didnt get the whole being mean thing. IT was also borrrrrrring.

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  • Posted June 10, 2009

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    Great story and characters.

    I wasnt so sure about this book at first, but I came to love Isabel and Smith, and all the other characters in this book. It is mainly the characters that create this book because you mainly just follow Isabel through her life of love and tragedy. It is a great read and is has an amazing ending that no one could guess.

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  • Posted November 26, 2008

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    Anything but perfect but some how just that.

    I loved this book it definitely reaches my top ten favorite. The characters were so believable and I loved how Isabel was the total mean girl, the mega beach if you will. But even from the beginning its hard to hate her and it was such a relief that Smith wasn't this perfect guy who was beautiful and sweet. He was just a regular guy with flaws. I loved the storyline and I loved the ending, it sort of surprised me and it was great. Manning did an excellent job, I'd say it would make a great movie but then I would have to go through the same horror of seeing the previews for twilight and the bad reviews lol "Unconvincing actors suck the life out of twilight." I'm glad I didn't go see it. Let's Get Lost was a great book and I think it was the title that drew me to it, there are so many times I wish I could just get lost so of course the title intrigued me. This is a great book and a must read

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

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    Wow!

    This was such a good book! At times Sarra Manning makes you feel like you are in the book. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read a good book. I've recommended this book to all my friends and they loved it. They call me their book guide. So i really hope that you get a chance to read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2008

    The best book ever

    ommmqqq this book is my neww favorite book this book is verrrry hard to put down once yu pick it upp.This book is realstic which makes it easy to realte to itt.I recommend everyone read this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2008

    Loved It!!!

    this story felt so real. like i could imagine hearing about it on the news or something like that. the author clearly knows what kind of person isabella was and she wrote her story perfectly. i wold definatley read more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    I LOVED IT

    This was fantastic, i couldnt stop reading, its so real an you can actually relate to it. After i read this i went out an bought all of Sarra Mannings other books, im not at all disapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    Amazing

    I absolutly loved this book. It was one of those that i just couldn't put down. This i feel is one of thoes books that are movie worthy. The entire time reading it i could see in my head what was going on. Everything seems so real. Its deffinetly a book that hit me and has stayed with me. Manning did an AMAZING job with this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2007

    Abolutely Amazing

    When you look at this book, you probably think it's just another shallow novel about Mean Teenage Girls in high school.You coudn't be more wrong. Let's Get Lost is an amazing story about the heart-wrenching struggles of life that the outwardly nasty and invincible but inwardly broken and sweet Isabel has to face in her journey to grow up and heal after the death of her mother. This book is just unlike anything else. I know it's cliche, but you just can't stop reading once you begin. I read it again right after I finished it the first time(I know, I'm wierd). Let's Get Lost completely changed my outlook on the world and life. There isn't any book I would recommend more than this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

    why I love to read

    This book made me cry, it made me laugh, and made my heart ache for Isabel. Sara Mannings portrayal of the charachters and thier feelings really gives you insight as to how these people live these lives. Reading this book gives you faith in other people and teaches us that sometimes it's okay to ask for help.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2007

    wonderful

    this book definitely kept me turning the pages. i fell in love with the story, so many aspects played into it friendships, love, even death. total must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2007

    The best book.... A must read, all ages.

    When I first read this book I was pulled in by the very first page and didnt want the book to end. It made me realize the things that happen uncontrollably and sometimes you have to be strong for yourself. Overall an outstanding book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was beyond great!!! I couldn't put it down!!! seriously!! Very compelling story...it left me speechless!!! I loved it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2007

    Loved it

    I absolutely loved this book. I actually felt Isabel was just a little bit easy to relate to and suprisingly I really liked her and felt for her. This is a terrific book and I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2007

    Awsome

    I loved it!!! Not as much as Guitar Girl but this 1 was also really really good!!! I had a lot of fun reading this wonderful book. I could read any day any time!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2007

    Lost in the book

    This book was so great i was looking forward 2 reading it at first and i got caught up in Isabel's life. She's not so much of the typical mean girl but she has her like life of shadows and u sympathize. The ending made me cry and the book never gets boring but it does get emotional...

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