Friday, August 1, 2014

DNF Review ~ Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid


Series: standalone
Genre: YA contemporary
Pages: 352
Publication date: July 29th, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Goodreads Description: 
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: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.

Hello. My name is Kaitlin and I'm a black sheep.

Let's Get Lost and I just didn't mix. It was like I was the vinegar and the book was the water. There were several things that didn't sit well for me. First, there was a forced easiness to it. The characters seemed to be completely comfortable with each other, but it didn't feel natural. The book didn't flow. Second, the structure. I forgot how much I don't like a story told in blocks. Right after Hudson's story was Bree's and the only connection (as far as I could tell) between them was one character. It was like two short stories back-to-back. I prefer to stay with main characters throughout a book. Third, I had trouble connecting to the characters, especially Leila. This probably had to do with the forced and short-story feel to the different sections. Fourth, and last out of what I'll mention, I just felt unsettled while reading it. There was something that didn't feel right to me.

I read 43 percent of Let's Get Lost before deciding that it would be best for me to DNF it. I wish I would've liked it more (especially since I love road trip YA contemporaries), but sometimes . . . a book just doesn't work for me.


What was the last book that just didn't work for you?

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