“People hurt each other. It happens to everyone. Intentionally, 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.”
― Adi Alsaid,
Let’s Get Lost by 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.
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.
It’s been almost a year since I picked up this book. I grabbed it on a whim after seeing Adi Alsaid on a panel at YallFest. Well, I finally got around to reading it this week. I was initially drawn to this book because the idea of a road trip book felt too good to pass up.
This book is definitely interesting. It follows a chronological narrative but in a nonconventional way. The overall plot of the book follows our main character Leila. However, it is organized by the individuals she meets along the way.
My favorite part of this novel was the introduction to new characters and new situations. Laila worked wonderfully as a character that had a personality and depth of character but didn’t take over every scene. Alsaid allowed for the other characters to shine as well. The combinations of personalities throughout this book just made it fun.
This book was definitely not predictable. I could never guess what was going to happen next or who was going to show up. Honestly, the reveal of Laila’s backstory at the end of the book was unexpected and greatly appreciated. It added another level to this book that I didn’t know I wanted.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t my favorite book ever. But, it was a fun contemporary. I think it was exactly what I needed during this reading slump that I’m in.
What’s a book by a debut author that you really enjoyed? I’m always looking for new suggestions.