Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Book Summary : One girl could change four lives forever…
Mysterious Leila, who is on the road trip of a lifetime, has a habit of crashing into people’s worlds at the moment they need someone the most.
There’s Hudson, who is willing to throw away his dreams for love. And Bree, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. Elliot who believes in happy endings…until his own goes off-script. And Sonia who worries that she’s lost her ability to love.
Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. But Leila’s trip could help her discover something bigger — that sometimes, the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way…
My Rating : 3.5 of 5 stars
My Thoughts : These days, when contemporary are all the rage after the grand success of The Fault in Our Stars, Let's Get Lost didn't deliver me the satisfaction. The writing itself was good, in not great.
The book was a union of four separate stories, every one of them has one character in common—Leila, and her impact on four other characters. While two of the stories kept me upright, the other two bored me to tears. Especially Bree’s story.
For Hudson’s story, it was so-so. It didn't pull me in, neither compelled me to stop reading. I understood his situation perfectly—a moment’s indulgence that tore him between his interview for bright future and the girl he just met. Their encounter might give you sense of an insta-love, however, it didn't bother me, because such happens. In fact, I've seen my own friend falling in love like that, at the first sight. Blessedly, the feeling sticks to likeness rather than love, and slowly develops through the entire night they spent together.
The next was Bree’s story. For me it was the most boring one, uninteresting. I couldn't connect with Bree or her reasons to leave her sister, a sister who, despite her own distraught, loved her so much. And Bree just rubbed it all on her face and run away. How selfish.
The next is optimistic and enthusiastic Elliot, whose story I just luuurrrved. I loved his idea about friendship and love and happy endings, I loved that his utter devotion to his best friend he was secretly in love with, and strongly believes she’ll someday return his love. And his belief was shattered into shards when his story goes off-script. Here, I can’t say anymore, ‘cause that’ll spoil the readers.
The story I most loved Sonia’s. She was a mutli-layered character, her inner turmoil and conflict with herself was presented is a way that touched my heart. Mostly because I've closely experienced something her character had. When she lost her love, she worried she had lost her ability to love too, until she encountered someone else. It was story of self-growth, overcoming her fear, and moving on with life.
All the characters and their stories were bound by a thread called Leila, a carefree spirit who is hiding her own sadness behind a happy façade. I kept reading the book to see her ending—if it was a tragic or happy one. And trust me, I’m super pleased.
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