Let's Get Lost
The debut novel from Adi Alsaid, acclaimed author of Never Always Sometimes, North of Happy, and We Didn’t Ask for This
Five strangers. 4,286 miles. One epic adventure.
Hudson, Bree, Elliot, and Sonia have only one thing in common: a girl named Leila. On a mission to see the Northern lights, Leila drives from Louisiana to Alaska, crashing into each of their lives in her absurdly red car.
From prom night disasters to first loves and family weddings, Leila’s cross-country adventure helps each of these four find something that was missing. But no journey is complete without a destination—and for Leila, the end of her trip might just bring her right back to the beginning. Back to the truth she knew all along: that perhaps, the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get a little lost along the way.
“Reminiscent of John Green’s Paper Towns, Alsaid’s debut is a gem among contemporary YA novels.”
—School Library Journal
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Like a John Green novel, Let’s Get Lost is a charming and unabashedly romantic story about teenage self-discovery. Spritely, green-eyed Leila is on a solo road trip to see the Northern Lights; along the way, she makes unexpectedly powerful connections with a bevy of interesting young characters she encounters by chance. Globetrotting writer Adi Alsaid's debut novel is a fast-paced delight that’s full of heart.
Leila's road trip to see the Northern Lights in Alaska takes her across the U.S. and into the lives of a series of desperate teens. In five multichapter vignettes, readers meet these characters in crisis, including Bree, an orphan who has run away from an older sister she considers overbearing, and Elliot, who has been rebuffed by his longtime crush on prom night. Leila spends one epic night trying to help each of these strangers, often going to extreme lengths such sneaking a girl who has lost her passport across the Canadian border to stop a wedding disaster before continuing her journey. The stories are distinct and Leila distinctive she's loyal, insightful, but no angel (she plays a drinking game with boys in one town and later gets arrested after taking an expensive car for a joyride). The individual conclusions to each section can be abrupt and a bit too neat, but debut author Alsaid creates enough adventure to make the stories feel breathless, if not always believable, ending with Leila's own literal and figurative road home. Ages 14 up.
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