Published by: Harlequin Teen
ISBN 13: 9780373211241
Published: July 2014
Format reviewed: eVersion from NetGalley
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Four out of Five
‘Let’s Get Lost’ by Adi Alsaid is about Leila, who is on a road trip to see the Northern Lights. On the road trip she meets four people who, at the moment they meet, need her in different ways. She provides valuable junction in their life as a friend who will change their lives forever, which leads Leila to discover that sometimes, on a 4,268-mile journey where you lose yourself along the way, you’ll find yourself and exactly what you need has been at home all along.
There’s Hudson, a mechanic who is a little impulsive when it comes to love – instantly wanting to throw his life aside for a chance at true-love. Bree is a runaway who is a bit damaged, and steals for various reasons. Elliot who has had his view of the world shattered when his life takes a bad turn. There’s also Sonia, who worries that she’s lost the ability to love.
In this book we see a range of characters who need help, and are lucky enough to get what they need at the right time. We see an inspiring story that’s captivating, a little bit wild, a little bit deep. While we see each story as something individual with Leila tying them together, overall we see a grand journey that offers a different piece of advice for the reader, that could be interpreted to fit many situations.
The big reveal in this story (why Leila is road tripping to the Northern Lights) is the big punch in this novel. It’s handled carefully, showing us the hurt and fear involved in the situation, and while Bree was probably the most likeable character, Leila is the character you feel the most for by the end. Hudson didn’t do much for me – while his character was established as the ‘instalove’ kind, it’s still a trope that rubs raw, especially thanks to the character he chooses to focus his ‘instalove’ on. Both Elliot and Sonia have truly sad, hard stories to tell and they were also characters you feel a lot for after a short time.
Overall, this novel is about hope, and this is what makes it a very good read.
Incidentally, I had no idea the author was male! I’m not sure whether I feel the writing style felt feminine or I just assumed since such a chunk of YA authors happen to be female, but I was quite surprised when writing up my review and sought the author’s blog link for the links above… I just thought it interesting!
Adi currently has two other books out, Somewhere Over the Sun and The Calvin Sky, but Let’s Get Lost is his debut traditionally published novel.