Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Review + Experience:
This book and I have a very funny backstory. I heard about Let’s Get Lost last summer a couple weeks after it was released and fell instantly in love with the cover, however I didn’t have any money to purchase my own copy and my library didn’t have any copies. A few months later, Michelle Madow (author of The Secret Diamond Sisters series) did a simple giveaway on Instagram and I finally got my hands on this beauty. Almost two weeks ago I decided to take it with me on my road trip to BEA/BookCon since it seemed like a cute road trippy book.
I started it on the way to BEA and was disappointed with the beginning because it seemed cliche and had a bad case of insta love! However I reminded myself that it was a YA contemporary so it was bound to be cliche so I read around 50 pages before we got to New Jersey. My stay was way to hectic to continue reading so I met Adi Alsaid (many times!) during BEA and BookCon without finishing the book. Adi was really sweet and super awesome, he even signed my book on the last day of BookCon when I ran into him by J.D. Netto’s booth, but then tragedy struck! I put my newly signed book in the same bag as my water and it was ruined! I was so upset, but then I decided to ‘Seize the Tuesday’ and take it as permission to ‘destroy’ the book. On the way home I underlined my favorite lines, wrote in the margins, and dog eared the scenes I loved! It felt great and strangely liberating.
On the trip back home, I was completely sucked into Leila’s adventures. Every person she came across presented new tasks and more mystery. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t a bit jealous of all the fun Leila was having- even when she was committing small crimes! The characters she meets are all young and in turmoil, but she finds a way to have a good time with them while helping them. She seemed to be presenting everyone with solutions and happy endings without revealing anything about her past. I think that was what captivated me, the need to know where Leila was going to end up. With that being said I was over the moon when I saw that she had a point of view- which was probably my favorite of the entire book. Before starting the book I was under the impression that it was a light, summery novel about a bunch of teenage kids on a road trip. Never in a million years would I have thought of the twist at the end. It was both beautiful and heartbreaking and shed a different light on Leila’s actions and words throughout the trip.
Adi Alsaid is a wonderful writer and I am so happy that I met and chatted with him. I am very excited to read his upcoming novel Never Always Sometimes which will be out this August. If you haven’t read Let’s Get Lost yet, I am begging you to do so! It’s one of my favorite books of the year!