Book Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

18812437Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: July 29, 2014

Pages: 352 (Hardcover)

good good

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.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

opinion

 

Cute and inspirational, Let’s Get Lost is the perfect summer read that’s actually about summer. I’ve never been one to indulge in unrealistic contemporary novels but when I started this one, I couldn’t help that I loved it. Road trip stories are usually fun but this one is heartwarming as well.

The book starts off a little boring. Instead of going with the flow, it’s trying too hard to be meaningful. Another problem that I had is the main character, Leila. I wanted to know more about her when she picked up the other characters. For almost the whole book, I was left in the dark about her and then when I did get information, it was too late for me to actually care.

Moving onto the things I did enjoy like the amazing description for everything. Like I can really picture everything. This goes well with the writing that’s well done despite the fact that it’s written in third  person. I found it easier to relate to the characters which I also found to be properly done and realistic. They’re unique and fun to read about. Throughout the book, I liked how Leila mentions the other characters also, making sure to connect all of their stories.

Let’s Get Lost isn’t just a book about a road trip to see the northern lights. It’s about being lost and then finding yourself. It’s a great book that I recommend that everyone to read and hopefully enjoy before the summer ends.

4 Dreamy Clouds
4 Dreamy Clouds

 

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Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards (Book Review+Guest Post!)

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Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: October 1, 2013

Pages: 336 (Paperback)

good good

Chloe didn’t think about it much when she nodded off in study hall on that sleepy summer day. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can’t remember the last six months of her life. Before, she’d been a mediocre student. Now, she’s on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he’s her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won’t speak to her.

What happened to her?
And why can’t she remember?

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Sourcebooks Fire for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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This is a bit of a stretch but I was initially attracted to this novel because Chloe forgot six months of her life and I am a very forgetful person… so we sort of share that. Anyway, Natalie D. Richards is an author that I know I will read more novels by her when they come out. Her writing style, characters, and setting reeled me in and didn’t let go until the last page. Even though there are a few predictable things about it, this story is realistic and I enjoyed it a lot despite that. 

Six Months Later is quite messy and I understand that it would be since Chloe doesn’t know what’s going on but I was still left a bit confused and was forced to re-read a few things. There are a few things in this novel that are glaringly obvious from the beginning, like who’s involved with certain things and with that being said, the ride didn’t feel as fun and exciting as it could have been.

What I did like about this book is the humour that’s easily weaved into the text. It doesn’t feel forced. The writing has a nice mix of intense scenes and realism that I love to read about. The relationship between Chloe and Maggie is sweet and realistic, I love how Richards put obstacles in their way and when they overcame them, they still weren’t ‘buddy-buddy’ again which made me smile all the more. Another thing that I liked about Six Months Later are the male leads because they are so different yet so alike. Throughout the whole novel, Blake and Adam are seen and judged by their pasts rather than by the present which made a huge deal with a lovely lesson about– people should never be judged by their pasts because they don’t matter as much as their actions right now do.

Generally, I don’t read many books about amnesia because many of them are the same and I never feel entertained enough by the end. However, Six Months Later is different in the sense that there’s an easy humour to it and also has a love triangle that isn’t in the least bit annoying or over done. It fits the novel really well and I recommend this novel to people who love amnesic main characters, love triangles that aren’t annoying, or just love mystery novels.

3.5 Dreamy Clouds
3.5 Dreamy Clouds

 

Now, onto the guest post! This is a character spotlight on Adam Reed by Natalie D. Richards. She’s been really awesome and fun to talk to, as well as made me fall even harder for Adam when I finished reading this so check it out below!

Adam Reed:  A Spotlight

                “I admit it, I play favorites with my characters.  Every character is special and meaningful and…oh, that’s not the point. The point is, some characters just stay with you. You get a character crush, like the one I have on my hero from Six Months Later, Adam Reed.

Every hero is fun, but Adam was something special.  Here’s some of the many things that make him who he is.”-Natalie D. Richards

 

Basic Details:     6″2 with dark hair and blue eyes.  More prone to smirking than smiling.

Likes?                   Red pop, breakfast at all hours, bridges and skyscrapers (you’ll see), and Chloe.

Dislikes?              Messy rooms, giggly girly-girls, being trapped between a rock and a hard place,                                                                 and Blake.

What he Drives:             car                 

                Three Songs on his iPod Right Now:

Lonely Boy — The Black Keys

Comeback — Redlight King

Staring at the Sun — TV On The Radio

 

How teachers might describe him:

Academically gifted, but a troubled young man

What do other guys think?

“I heard that dude got arrested for manslaughter or something.”-Some random dude.

And the girls?   

                “With a face that pretty, he can break all the laws he wants.”-Some random chick.

 

Last, but not least, how does Chloe see Adam? 

“Six feet and a couple of inches of something that scares me half to death.”  — Six Months Later

 

Let’s see if the journey she takes in Six Months Later changes that.  😉

 

Abbe, thank you so much for having me today!  I had an amazing time here and really enjoyed this idea!

Book Review: Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

16042447Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen

Genre: Adventure, Contemporary and young adult

Release Date: March 1, 2013

Pages: 270 (Ebook)

Being Henry David

 

Seventeen-year-old “Hank” has found himself at Penn Station in New York City with no memory of anything –who he is, where he came from, why he’s running away. His only possession is a worn copy of Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. And so he becomes Henry David-or “Hank” and takes first to the streets, and then to the only destination he can think of–Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Cal Armistead’s remarkable debut novel is about a teen in search of himself. Hank begins to piece together recollections from his past. The only way Hank can discover his present is to face up to the realities of his grievous memories. He must come to terms with the tragedy of his past, to stop running, and to find his way home.

*First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Albert Whitman Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciated! All right, now for my review.

(My Opinion)

I don’t understand how anyone could not love this book. The romance doesn’t overpower the message the book is trying to get across nor does it stray. I could also relate to Hank as if he were an actual person, not just a character in a fictional story. Being Henry David touched my heart in a way that not very many have. I will forever cherish this book.

Of course the beginning is odd, it takes a few chapters for the story to really get its footing with an awkward writing style (at first) and a boring, too simplistic setting. But all of this changes near the middle. I thought Being Henry David was going to be like other books where the main protagonist meets this person who is crazy and wild and follows them around like a lost puppy like in 34 Pieces of You or Then You Were Gone. But it’s not like that. Not at all. Not really.

There is just so much to love about this book. For one thing, I love the message it gives off because it really did make me tear up and feel a bunch of emotions. And it’s true, the ones who care about you will always care, no matter what. Most of the characters are very easy to relate to and easy to love because as the story progresses, so do the characters and they become stronger and better people. I even loved to hate Magpie with his creepy eyes and accent. The relationship between Hank, Jack, and Nessa seems very realistic to me, another thing that really pulled at my heart. As a teen I know how it feels to be in a hopeless state and being forced to trust the ones you are uncertain of.

As the story progresses, Hank’s memories start to come back to him. I like this part a lot because the memories are pretty stretched out which helps the book stay less predictable and is a lot more enjoyable this way. The love interest doesn’t go from ‘I think she’s cute’ on one page to, ‘oh man, I’m in love’ the next which saved me from wanting to throw the book out the window (yay!).

What an astonishing book this is! I would recommend this book to everyone. Because everyone has, during some time in their lifetime, wish they could live a different life, even just for a day. Being Henry David is just that, a teen wanting to start over only to realize that his life just might not suck.

4. 5 Dreamy Clouds
4. 5 Dreamy Clouds