By: Melanie | July 3, 2014 | (26) Comments

Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi AlsaidLet's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Release Date: August 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Pages: 336
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.

It’s moments like these when I need to take a minute and check my temperature to make sure there’s nothing wrong with me. Because looking at this high average Goodreads rating, I’m pretty shocked. Like, really shocked. I had high hopes for Let’s Get Lost: it’s said to be a fun road trip book about finding yourself, finding love, finding hope and just getting lost for a while. It definitely has that, though very basically. Throw in a moral, throw in a logically incorrect and not-so-intriguing adventure and there’s all that this book has. There’s no depth in the characters, there’s instant-love/attraction and the story line is oh-so boring.

More or less, this book is a series of 5 short stories, bound together as one by a spine. The only thing that truly connects them is the same reoccuring character, Leila. And I think that’s where this book went wrong for me. Because this book was basically just 5 short stories, (only 70 pages long for each story) and each one was told in a different POV; I couldn’t connect with the characters and their situations. Each time, I felt like I was thrown into a random person’s life and was told a bunch of information about the person, then taken on a little uninteresting adventure when they meet Leila. It just didn’t work. I couldn’t care less about what was happening to them because there was no establishment of a connection between us and the characters.

There is, a romance in this novel. And, it was a terrible one. So basically, this romance occurs in the first story, which is told in Hudson’s point of view. The second he sets his eyes on Leila, he cannot stop talking about her beauty and her face and her face and her face…you get the point. There is instant-attraction. I don’t hate instant-attraction, so this wasn’t a huge problem until they both start making out a few hours later. What. The. Hell. And they call this love, guys. Hudson literally meets beautiful stranger who has been road tripping, then takes her on a tour around the town and then his house because she could totally not be a axe murderer. *face palm* And only hours after meeting, they start making out.

My sole reason for not DNFing this novel was because I liked the themes the author was trying to say and portray; showing us the different statuses of love and hope these characters held, or lack thereof, and how through meeting a girl and going on a spontaneous adventure, they began to change. While I found these character developments very weak or just not very believable in my opinion, all kudos to the author for thinking of a brilliant idea to show these morals and themes.

Also: I didn’t like how each time Leila met someone, they just so happened to be in a crisis or huge milestone in their life and were happy to just let a stranger know everything about their life. While the concept of this novel was good, it was far-fetched. I mean, you’d need at least 70 pages to get to know the person and their situation, but in this case, 70 pages and the short story is already finished and the next one is starting.

All in all, I’m rather shocked that I didn’t like this and how disappointing it turned out to be. The hype and campaigning for this novel has been huge, but I just don’t see how it stands out.

~Thank you Harlequin Australia for sending me this copy!~

1.5 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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26 Responses to Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

  1. Great review! Such a shame about this book, though this isn’t the first not-so-glowing review of this one I’ve read. Not sure if I’ll pick it up when it’s released, but maybe if I see it in my local library I’ll give it a shot. 🙂
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  2. Rashika says:

    Crap.
    Crap.
    Crap.
    I have this to review.
    Ohhh nooo.
    I was really looking forward to it and now I am sad 🙁 It’s a pity that in spite of all the good messages this book was trying to send, it fell flat :/

    Also the idea of 5 short stories bound into one spine… eh I am a little worried now.

    I do hope I’ll like this better but I have less hope of doing so now. *sigh*

    Lovely review, Mel! 🙂
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  3. Oh no, I really was excited for this, (granted, I still am, but now I’m more wary of it) so I think I’ll take this one easier, however, I’m glad for the warning on the fact it’s short stories, I would have felt weird had I not known that, so thank you Mel. So sorry that you didn’t like this as much though, such a shame. Great review though! 🙂
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  4. If we’re being honest, the synopsis actually made me think that I wouldn’t like this novel. It sounds really bland, and I’m still unsure of reading it. Those different stories of different people who suddenly meet–err.. hm. And the romance sounds so tacky! D: Sorry this didn’t live up to your expectations, Mel!
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  5. Amir says:

    The idea of short stories that makes 1 book is actually intruiging for me but from your review, I feel like the characters are just not interesting enough for me to properly connect with their stories or it may be that there’s just not enough time to properly connect t with them. I have no problem with instant attraction either, it happens, but I hate it when events like these are being mistaken for love. I’ll probably skip this one, for some reason I love watching road trips more than reading about it and I don’t think this is a good book to start. Awesome review, Mel 🙂
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  6. Aaahw, too bad!
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  7. Bube says:

    Ah,bummer 🙁
    I hope the next book will be better 🙂
    Thanks for the honest and great review 🙂

  8. I’m so glad I didn’t download this onto my Kindle when I got the chance. With five short stories I can definitely see the struggle in connecting with these characters, but the insta-love seems to be of the worst variety and, what’s more, the unrealistic quality of the road trip just isn’t worth my time. Thanks for taking one for the team here, Mel–I’ll be steering clear of this for sure!
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  9. Siiri says:

    Oh, shoot! You didn’t like it? 🙁 Oh, well. It doesn’t seem like it’s a book for me. Not because of your review, though it’s clearly pushing me more towards not reading it, but simply because it just feels like it’s not something I’d enjoy. The 5 POVs seem like it could be hard to connect indeed :O Ahhhh. Insta-love./attraction NOOOO. Wel, at least you liked the main idea the book was trying to carry? *shrug* Eh, so sorry you didn’t love this, Mel! Thank you for your honest review.
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    • Melanie says:

      When I felt like I was gonna settle down with a character, the bloody story ended and I was like noooooooo. Ugh, and I didn’t really like any of these characters, they were all pretty bland

  10. Lexa Cain says:

    Go you! I hate it when people just wax ecstatic about a book that has obvious problems. (But I guess that’s more the writer crowd than the review crowd anyway.) I love it when someone’s completely honest, and you always are. 🙂
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  11. Tanja says:

    My comments are disappearing O.o

    But I knew this! This book was all over my news feed even before I have read the blurb and it all started to annoy me a bit. But yeah I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one as much as you hoped. But then again books with any depth and with insta-love are hard to like. Great review, Mel! 🙂
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  12. Zoe N. says:

    Awww…that’s an absolute shame this fell so flat for you Mel! 🙁 I can definitely see where you’re coming from though! 😀 If you feel like the entire book was really just 5 short stories and you never connected to any of the characters in any story, that would really throw you off right there! 🙁 And the romance sounds absolutely “UGH”!

    I don’t think this would be my type of read anyway, but I’m sorry to hear it left you so disappointed. 🙁 Thanks for sharing Mel, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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  13. I was itching to check this one out but it isn’t available in the U.S. yet so after reading your review, I think I will pass. I don’t think its for me.
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  14. Aw that sucks! I feel as though I’ve been seeing this in everyone’s hauls. Everyone is excited about it. But I wouldn’t like 5 short stories put together either. Connecting with the characters is super important to me and I don’t think 70 pages would do it for me either. Thank you for sharing! Hopefully your next book will be better. Happy reading!
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  15. Kelly says:

    For some reason, your review reminds me of the plot to Forrest Gump. All the various strangers joining him on the bench and his run. I was so excited to start this one… I love an epic road trip. Is it the same scene told over and over where they meet her? I’m so sorry this one didn’t life up to the GR hype. Awesome review though 🙂
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  16. Ughh, yet another awesome cover hiding a not-so-good story. T_T So sorry you didn’t like this one much, Mel, but I think I’d pretty much agree with your rating — I’m not big on short stories (I kind of feel they’re a waste of time, but that’s just me), so that wouldn’t work out for me as well. And multiple perspectives are SO HARD to do! Most of the time instead of making us feel closer to the characters, they make us feel more distant. I have yet to come across a book with good multiple POVs, honestly.

    Eh about the romance, too. I don’t usually mind instalust, but more often than not its presence means that instalove is VERY nearby… which was definitely true for this book. *facepalm* I cannot for the life of me understand why authors continue to do this to us. Don’t they understand the trauma they put us through every time two characters make out within hours of meeting each other?!

    Convenient situations as well, huh? That’s just lazy. I don’t even care now that the themes the author dealt with were good; I’m definitely staying far, far away from this book. Lovely review, girl! And thanks for taking the hit for all of us who haven’t read this yet. 😛

  17. Henrietta says:

    I was looking forward to reading this and now I’m not sure. I thought this would be one coherent story, not five mini-ones. And the romance doesn’t seem too enticing. Thanks for giving us the early warning, Mel!
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  18. I always feel so stupid or alien when I dislike a book that has such high ratings on goodreads. But it happens quite often actually. I don’t like the sound of the whole many short stories thing. I had a feeling I wasn’t going to like this one when I first saw it too.
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  19. I found Leila to be too good to be true, why did she want to help everyone? Why did she take time out of her life to do good deeds? I enjoyed this book, but it was incredibly cheesy like an 80’s rom-com.
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  20. Bummer that you disliked this one so much. I haven’t read many road trip books, but I had high hopes for this one.
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  21. I usually love road trip books, and I liked this one a little better than you did, but overall, this wasn’t my kind of book. Also agree about the insta-love. And I thought it was just my advanced age that was making me grind my teeth at all the dumb things that Leila was getting these people to do — miss important interviews, get thrown in jail, etc….
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