Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Teen review: Road trip!

Let's Get Lost
by Adi Alsaid
352 Pages
Realistic, contemporary fiction
Not part of a series

Recommended for grade 8 and above

Reviewed by Patrick Castro, grade 11

Let's Get Lost, by Adi Alsaid, was the type of book you want to read in the car or on a road trip to get the feel of it. I enjoyed reading Let's Get Lost and I definitely could relate to the characters and the whole story. It was moving and eye-opening, and a book everyone should pick up!

One thing that stuck out for me was how the book was divided into five parts. The main character, Leila is one her way to see the Northern Lights. Along the way, she manages to get into other peoples' lives. First she meets Hudson, a young man searching for romance. Then she meets Bree, who is always off doing crazy things to seize the day. Third, she meets Elliot, a young man who was about to have the best night of his life. Then lastly, Sonia, a girl who lost her ability to love. Alsaid wove such a moving book, I enjoyed reading about each character's story and how Leila helped them. Each character had his or her own story to tell, and I think any reader could relate to anyone.

I disliked that the book moved incredibly slowly at times. Honestly, some points were just plain boring. I was expecting it to be a bit faster, especially in Sonia's story. While some stories were well-written, Sonia's was especially bland and boring. I definitely loved reading Elliot and Hudson, they were authentic and relatable--the two things I look for in a book.

Over all, Let's Get Lost was a well-written, good contemporary novel, but safe. It's the kind you would pick up if you need to get out of a reading rut or if you're about to take a long drive someplace. Be sure to check it out and take it along!

Editor's note: We have this book on the teen new books shelf at the Northwest branch, and also as an e-book. NoveList says that if you enjoyed this book, you might also like Paper Towns, by John Green, Takeoffs and Landings, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, or The Miles Between by Mary Pearson, because they have to do with quests leading to adulthood, and are character-driven, romantic, and emotionally intense stories.

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