Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Release Date: August 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
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!~
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