Friday, 1 August 2014
Review: Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Publisher: Mira Ink
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: August 1st, 2014
One girl could change four lives forever... Mysterious Leila, who is on the road trip of a lifetime, has a habit of crashing into people's worlds at the moment they need someone the most. There's Hudson, who is willing to throw away his dreams for love. And Bree, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday-and a few stolen goods along the way. Elliot who believes in happy endings...until his own goes off-script. And Sonia who worries that she's lost her ability to love. Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. But Leila's trip could help her discover something bigger - that sometimes, the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way...
Do you like YA contemporary novels, excellent writing and characters that stay in your head for weeks? If you do, then Let's Get Lost is the book for you. It's a debut by newcomer Adi Alsaid and is guaranteed to make you want to get in your car and drive across the country in search of yourself.
Let's Get Lost is about four teenagers scattered across America: Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia. They all have problems and decisions to make, and they all have one other thing in common: a girl called Leila. She shows up in her red car as she road trips across America in search of the Northern Lights, crashing into their lives and changing everything forever.
The whole premise of this book is fantastic and I loved it. The writing really impressed me too, making it one of the best, most memorable YA books I've read this year. It's searingly honest in its portrayal of these five teenagers and what they're going through at different stages in their lives, whether it be concerning college applications, relationships or deciding their future. I could relate to every one of them, even though I haven't experienced half of what they have. I guess we all have the same hopes and fears wherever we are and whatever age we're at, and that's why Let's Get Lost is universal in its themes and issues.
Split into five parts, one section for each character, Let's Get Lost ultimately tells one big story: Leila's story. It's about love in all it's forms, and how everyone can easily get a little lost in their lives. It's about how one person can have the ability to change everything for the better, to make life seem bearable again. It's about trust and belief and hope, a hope that one day things will be different. And they will be, even if you have to lose yourself before finding yourself again.
Powerful and unforgettable, Let's Get Lost is one of those books that is still flying around in my head weeks after finishing it. Beautifully written and realised, it captures a time in life when the world is at your fingertips and life is an open road. I truly love this book and hope others do too - Adi Alsaid is an exciting new voice in YA and he will go far!