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.
SOURCE: ARCs provided by the publisher for review (thank you!)
It took me a couple tries to get into the first section but once I got into the story I thought it was pretty cute. Chatting while Daph was reading, I found myself liking each section or MC a little more than the previous, enjoying Leila’s time with each though I admit freely (you can see in my texts) some of it was a little unbelievable to me. I’m definitely not as adventurous as she is and I cannot see myself picking up strangers, etc. Overall it was an enjoyable read and a nice fresh spin on a classic contemporary format.
I adored this book. My fave character was probably Leila. Though she was the MC, I liked how mysterious she was, because each section, except for the last, was told by the other characters and we see her through their eyes. Usually, I’m not a big fan of mysterious characters but Leila was charming and I enjoyed getting to know her in a roundabout way. There were some parts that were unbelievable (especially the part about her driving across country by herself at her age) but maybe that’s just a generational thing and the young’uns are more adventurous? Whatever the reason, I did think that the writing was fresh and I really liked the way he showed us the character’s thoughts and we were able to get into their heads just enough. I was underlining parts of the book, which is not something I normally do. I will be reading more by Adi Alsaid, so I hope he has more in store for us.