Parents' Guide to

Let's Get Lost

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Teen helps other teens and herself in sweet road-trip tale.

Book Adi Alsaid Romance 2014
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Many teen readers will find inspiration here. In Let's Get Lost, Leila helps other teenagers with serious issues, such as heartbreak, death, and big decisions about the future. By structuring the novel as five short stories, author Adi Alsaid gives the reader a glimpse into the lives and issues facing a variety of teenagers. The downside of this structure is that the reader can't get vested enough in any of the characters. Even Leila, the main character, is enigmatic throughout most of the book.

Each story finds a character in a predicament, with Leila stepping in to help solve the problem, usually instigating a wild adventure in the process. Sometimes this approach works, but other times the situations feel contrived and ridiculous. The first story, "Hudson," is the clunker; the writing is cloying, and the plot unbelievable. After that rocky start, though, the book improves, though the antics in the story "Sonia" are illogical. Still, Asaid writes some very nice moments between Leila and her new friends.

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