Welcome back to another #Review post.
Yes, I read another book. Listened to, actually, thanks to Audible app (kudos to Audible for bringing such amazing books to people like me who can never have enough of them!).
This time, it is Adi Alsadi’s Let’s Get Lost.
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.
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.
I stumbled upon this book during one of my intensive book browsing sessions over at the Amazon website (you don’t want to know how much time I spend on the internet researching books), and it had been sitting in my Wish list for quite some time until I downloaded it as an audiobook using my free credit at Audible.
Let’s Get Lost is a joyful read, and I mean it in every sense of the word. The characters are very life-like: they go through all the emotions without allowing any singular one to completely take over. Every person is built like they are actual people, ones you could expect to run into a grocery store, or at a coffee shop. The book is divided into five sections, one for each of the above mentioned five people.
Personally, I think that Elliot’s story is pretty rock and roll. I mean, come on. Heartbroken on prom night is cool, but getting hit by a stranger’s car, then spending the entire night in an attempt to attain the perfect Say Anything ending? Way cooler.
From all the things that I could have taken from this book, I chose to pick out these:
Hudson taught me that there is no way on this planet that you can outrun your feelings, or bury them deep enough to never have to face them again. It doesn’t happen.
Bree taught me to go with what you think is right, what feels right to you. You can always deal with the consequences later. But never, ever try to run away from family, because that is one thing that just cannot be done. And of course, seize the Tuesday.
Elliot taught me that fairytale endings are very much real, but yours may not necessarily match any other. Don’t aim for a replica of somebody else’s happily-ever-after; create your own.
Sonia taught me that unwarranted guilt, especially over someone’s death, is never a good burden to carry. People perish everyday, and it is, in a way, disrespectful to the memory of them to allow yourself to wallow in grief forever.
And lastly, Leila taught me to be relentless in your pursuit of whatever it is that you want. And sometimes, the best way to find yourself, is to get lost.
And oh, side note: Amanda Leigh Cobb did a wonderful job at narrating the story. Her voice beautified the already breathtaking novel that Adi Alsaid had been generous enough to share with the world.
Nano does have an issue with the ending, but I think that Leila did deserve her happy ending. Just like everyone else does.
So, until next time, ladies and gentlemen. I’ll see you on Sunday with the Lessons Of The Month post.
And, well, you already know it: it’s now or never.
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