Let's Get Lost

by Adi Alsaid

Harlequin | July 29, 2014 | Hardcover

Let's Get Lost is rated 4.77777777777778 out of 5 by 9.
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.  

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love. 

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.

"Told from five different POVs—a tough trick that Alsaid pulls off well—Lost balances both the quirky fun and the harsh realities of adolescence. B+"—Entertainment Weekly

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.27 × 5.88 × 1.12 in

Published: July 29, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0373211244

ISBN - 13: 9780373211241

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, spectacular, need to read! Kind of a John Green type vibe with a mix of paper town/looking for alaska. Lelia finds home on the journey to the Northern Lights and changes strangers lives on her way, helping them with their own life changing moments. Great ending fulfilling the hopeless romantic in you, but still keeps some realistic aspects in Lelia.
Date published: 2015-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Let's get lost *4.5* I’ve been eyeing on this book forever and I wanted to read it so badly. Plus I wanted to read something lighthearted, so finally I gave it a shot. I am always ready for road trips. And OH BOY! I immediately fell in love with these characters. This book surrounds by crazy characters, and each character is presented with its own POV which includes: 1. Hudson: Leila meets him in his garage, as we all know from the synopsis she wants to see the Northern Lights. Therefore, she wants to get prepared for her road trip. Hudson is a very smart, charming, and an ambitious guy. But after meeting Leila stuff happens and OMG! There was some romance going on. And ofc a love story is never successful without some drama. So YES! There is also a drama. 2. Bree: Leila bumps into her while she is on her way, and finally we meet Bree. A chilled out personality who I wish was my best friend. She is very similar to Leila so they both got along very well. But ofc every happy face has a sad story behind it. And that my friend is called a Life. 3. Eliot: and then we meet our Romeo who has been rejected by his long-time crush. And ofc Leila comes on time to save life of Eliot. 4. Sonia: then we meet our last character, Sonia a widow girlfriend who is afraid that her broken heart will never get repaired. You know! Leila is our savior. She is there to solve a problem. 5. Then last section was from Leila’s POV. Though Leila was there to help these characters, but wait a minute she, herself was going through a lot. I was actually impressed by Leila that this whole time she was constantly faking smile. Now I enjoyed this road trip very much but there were minor problems but keeping them aside this story was quite impressive. My personal favorite which I really enjoyed was Eliot’s and Bree’s. I loved it. If you wanna read something light and especially a road trip. GO AHEAD.
Date published: 2015-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The day is just hours you're alive for. They can be filled with everything. It took me far too long to read this book, I'd gotten Let's Get Lost by winning a giveaway from the author. It was a signed ARC that was raved about, but I just couldn't get myself to read it. The book's main theme was to have an adventure and to get lost in it, so I waited till I could have an adventure of my own. About a year later, I finally had one. Let's Get Lost was a book that I found I could relate too in many ways, but mostly with the love of just driving and not having a real destination planned out. I think that's why Bree was my favourite to read about. Even though she was a bit reckless and had a few problems of her own, she just never worried about it, she just let the road take her where it felt like she needed to go. I think people need a little bit of that in their lives, they need to stop worrying about the future and live in the now. I also felt a connection to Hudson. Hudson was content with the life he was living, he didn't want much out of life besides the life he was living now. With the interview and his dad, he was under a lot of pressure. I understand that parents want what's best for their kids but why force your kid to become a doctor if that's not what makes them happy? What if being a mechanic was satisfying enough for them? In the book when Lelia asked Hudson why he wanted to be a doctor and he couldn't answer it was because it wasn't what he wanted. His dad had determined that being a doctor was what was best for him. Now a days I think a lot of parents are like that, drilling what they think is best for their kids into their heads without really giving much thought to what the kids want. So I'm glad Hudson missed that interview. He subconsciously did what he thought was best for him rather then what his dad wanted. I am not saying that everyone should do this, but if you want to be a mechanic then be one, if you want to be a doctor then go to school and learn what you need too. Everyone is different and don't need their futures planned ahead for them and Adi got that when writing Let's Get Lost. Lelia was everywhere and such a huge part of Let's Get Lost. She was such a helpful and loving person, but I admired her for ability to get lost. She was able to take the bad situation she was in and turn it into an adventure and find multiple treasures along the way. I'd like to be able to do that one day, just take a road trip and find all the little secret treasures that not everyone knows about. Let's Get Lost was a heartwarming book where everyone can relate to in some way. Thank you Adi for righting this little treasure that is Let's Get Lost. I just know Never Always Sometimes will be even more of a hit with me. Never Always Sometimes releases August 2015 for everyone looking for another fantastic read like Let's Get Lost.
Date published: 2015-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A seriously adventurous personal journey of discovery. LET'S GET LOST is the debut contemporary coming-of-age novel by Adi Alsaid, and he really gets it right the first time. This is a strong story that I highly recommend to anyone wanting a good contemporary story about love, friendship, family, and adventure. LET'S GET LOST is told in 5 parts, each one from a different character's point of view. I absolutely loved having multiple points of view in a single story - this is something that doesn't happen enough in YA fiction. We are immediately thrown into the story from Hudson's point of view. I really respect a story that gets started so fast, and then is able to keep up the pace. The writing is simply spectacular, the pacing is perfect, and the characters are just real enough to be someone you might know in life. As for the issue of love at first sight, I think it is actually quite realistically handled. When Hudson first meets Leila he thinks, "I'll be thinking about that face for weeks." By the end of the first chapter he's upgraded her status to: "I'll be thinking about her for months." This is real life. This is what really happens when you meet someone, and their smile makes your heart skip a beat. When your arm brushes theirs and you can feel it all the way down to your toes. Hudson is a seriously multi-dimensional character, and I honestly fell in love with him right away. The way he and Leila interact is really entertaining, too. The banter between them is just the right amount of funny and awkward, and the tension is cut in all the right ways. Contemporary teen novels are often plagued by a sense of pretentious superiority in that their protagonists are something like literary hipsters, quoting American classics and obscure European novelists alike. Want to talk about Vonnegut? Don't bring him up in a conversation you have with your friends in the back of a van while eating junk food, or in a diner booth slurping down milkshakes. In LET'S GET LOST the only Vonnegut we see is in quotes on a bathroom wall. This is realistic. This is what teens do. I'm not saying teens can't have a deep conversation about literature, but that it is simply not appropriate content for this kind of book. Alsaid leaves the pretentious teens out of the book, and I am so grateful for that. Let's talk about Leila. You may think she's just another manic-pixie-dream-girl, but you'd be wrong. Leila is just a girl on a quest to figure out some intense problems in the only way she knows how. Throughout most of the book Leila seems distant and fake - more like the idea of a road-tripping girl than an actual girl on a road trip. But there's a reason for that, and it's a good one. Leila is discovering herself just as much as we are discovering her, and the moments when she does are really subtle. You've got to look for them, to pay attention to the clues, like that she hates hospitals and cries while driving. When you're reading from Hudson, or Bree, or Sonia's point of view it isn't always obvious when the real Leila sneaks through the facade. The Verdict? Read it. LET'S GET LOST is just as good as John Green's road trip novel, PAPER TOWNS. In fact, I liked it better. It's more realistic, the characters have more depth, and while it isn't as funny, it's not meant to be comedic. Leila's road trip is a serious personal journey of discovery, and I loved being along for the ride.
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A serious personal journey of discovery LET'S GET LOST is the debut contemporary coming-of-age novel by Adi Alsaid, and he really gets it right the first time. This is a strong story that I highly recommend to anyone wanting a good contemporary story about love, friendship, family, and adventure. LET'S GET LOST is told in 5 parts, each one from a different character's point of view. I absolutely loved having multiple points of view in a single story - this is something that doesn't happen enough in YA fiction. We are immediately thrown into the story from Hudson's point of view. I really respect a story that gets started so fast, and then is able to keep up the pace. The writing is simply spectacular, the pacing is perfect, and the characters are just real enough to be someone you might know in life. As for the issue of love at first sight, I think it is actually quite realistically handled. When Hudson first meets Leila he thinks, "I'll be thinking about that face for weeks." By the end of the first chapter he's upgraded her status to: "I'll be thinking about her for months." This is real life. This is what really happens when you meet someone, and their smile makes your heart skip a beat. When your arm brushes theirs and you can feel it all the way down to your toes. Hudson is a seriously multi-dimensional character, and I honestly fell in love with him right away. The way he and Leila interact is really entertaining, too. The banter between them is just the right amount of funny and awkward, and the tension is cut in all the right ways. Contemporary teen novels are often plagued by a sense of pretentious superiority in that their protagonists are something like literary hipsters, quoting American classics and obscure European novelists alike. Want to talk about Vonnegut? Don't bring him up in a conversation you have with your friends in the back of a van while eating junk food, or in a diner booth slurping down milkshakes. In LET'S GET LOST the only Vonnegut we see is in quotes on a bathroom wall. This is realistic. This is what teens do. I'm not saying teens can't have a deep conversation about literature, but that it is simply not appropriate content for this kind of book. Alsaid leaves the pretentious teens out of the book, and I am so grateful for that. Let's talk about Leila. You may think she's just another manic-pixie-dream-girl, but you'd be wrong. Leila is just a girl on a quest to figure out some intense problems in the only way she knows how. Throughout most of the book Leila seems distant and fake - more like the idea of a road-tripping girl than an actual girl on a road trip. But there's a reason for that, and it's a good one. Leila is discovering herself just as much as we are discovering her, and the moments when she does are really subtle. You've got to look for them, to pay attention to the clues, like that she hates hospitals and cries while driving. When you're reading from Hudson, or Bree, or Sonia's point of view it isn't always obvious when the real Leila sneaks through the facade. The Verdict? Read it. LET'S GET LOST is just as good as John Green's road trip novel, PAPER TOWNS. In fact, I liked it better. It's more realistic, the characters have more depth, and while it isn't as funny, it's not meant to be comedic. Leila's road trip is a serious personal journey of discovery, and I loved being along for the ride.
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Took a peak at the cover, and so glad I did! I loved the way the one character was intertwined in each person's life in a different way. It was the kind of book that I was excited to finish, yet I wanted it to keep going.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Felt A Lot of Feelings First time writing a review so bear with me. Jeez this book was fantastic. For a feel good book it sure had me crying of sadness a few times. The book is telling the story of four people who meet Leila on her roadtrip to the Northern Lights. Each of them meet her at a different time and she swoops in and gets caught up in their lives because she is kind enough to do that. Leila is the common factor in all the stories but it's told by the other person's point of view. You don't really know much about her at all and yet you're so attached to her because she's so spirited and adventurous. You just know she's too nice and wise to not have a sad story. Just wow. But take this review with a grain of salt, we all know how overhyping a book ruins it...so it's alright? Aha
Date published: 2014-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Felt A Lot of Feelings First time writing a review so bear with me. Jeez this book was fantastic. For a feel good book it sure had me crying of sadness a few times. The book is telling the story of four people who meet Leila on her roadtrip to the Northern Lights. Each of them meet her at a different time and she swoops in and gets caught up in their lives because she is kind enough to do that. Leila is the common factor in all the stories but it's told by the other person's point of view. You don't really know much about her at all and yet you're so attached to her because she's so spirited and adventurous. You just know she's too nice and wise to not have a sad story. Just wow. But take this review with a grain of salt, we all know how overhyping a book ruins it...so it's alright? Aha
Date published: 2014-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart-warming and addicting! Let’s Get Lost is told in five sections in five different POVs, all with one thing in common. Leila. Meet Hudson, a mechanic in a small town on the night before the biggest interview of his life; Bree, a runaway with sticky fingers and her own personal motto of ‘seize every Tuesday’; Elliot, a film buff going through some life plot twists; and Sonia, caught between revealing her love for a boy and what she could lose if she does. Each one of them ends up meeting Leila just when they need someone. And Leila, she’s got her own journey to follow. I may just have fallen in love while reading this book. I’m not a huge traveler but I love road trip books, especially in the summer, and this one is unique to any I’ve read before. Instead of following one single POV for the trip, we get to see the same character through four completely different POVs at different points of her trip. Leila is the kind of character with the kind of effect on people that has me wishing she was real, because the world needs more people like her. She’s infectious, easy to love, and the voice of truth to those who really need to hear it. I really love how it feels like we get to know her from the other POVs then it gets to hers and we’re hit by how little we actually did know, even after spending so much time with her. The other four characters, it’s hard to pick a second favorite, with Leila being the first. They’re all so different, as are their stories. It made it easy to be sucked into each of their lives and go along with them on their Leila ride. Leila has such a huge effect on them all, but what’s really nice is we get to see the effect they have in return on Leila during her POV. The writing style, I completely fell in love with, and it made me want to keep reading all night until I was done. This book can easily get its reader thinking about the effect they can have on people, even if it’s not as life-altering as Leila’s effect. I received an e-arc copy of this but it’s one I will definitely be purchasing when it comes out and it will be on my recommendations list. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-06-17

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Let's Get Lost

Let's Get Lost

by Adi Alsaid

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.27 × 5.88 × 1.12 in

Published: July 29, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0373211244

ISBN - 13: 9780373211241

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Hudson could hear the car's engine from blocks away. He stepped outside the garage and closed his eyes, listening, picking apart the sounds so that he would know exactly what he'd have to fix before he even popped the hood.Standing there against the garage, listening to the still-far-off car, Hudson could forget about everything else. About school and girls and his future and whether his friends were actually jackasses or just acting like them. With his eyes closed, Hudson could reduce the world to a single engine and nothing more; a world where he could not only name every little part but knew what it was for, how it worked, how to ix it.He opened his eyes when he heard the car's brakes chirp as it slowed to turn into the garage. It was an old Plymouth Acclaim, the kind of car you either happily sent off to die or loved with your entire heart and refused to let go of. It had seen better days, its red paint job chipped and faded, its muffler not doing much muffling. He waved the driver forward to where he was standing. He was still identifying the car's problems when the girl killed the engine and climbed out.He only allowed himself a quick glance at her, knowing as soon as he saw her that she was the kind of girl who could make you think your life was not complete unless she was in it. She was a jumble of contradictions: short but with long legs, fierce green eyes but a kind expression, baby-faced but wise. She was wearing a snug, plain red T-shirt that matched her car. Her
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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.  

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love. 

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.

"Told from five different POVs—a tough trick that Alsaid pulls off well—Lost balances both the quirky fun and the harsh realities of adolescence. B+"—Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Adi Alsaid is the author of Let¿s Get Lost, coming from Harlequin Teen and Alloy Entertainment in August 2014. He was born and raised in Mexico City. He attended college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Adi spends his time writing, coaching high school and elementary basketball. In 2015 he made The Teen Webinar List with Let's Get Lost.

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"Mesmerizing."
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