Leila is on a road trip across the country in her red car, meeting many people along the way. She encounters four strangers at pivotal moments in their lives. Leila experiences love and life with these chance meetings as she heads towards her destination.
Full disclosure, it was the book cover and title that first caught my eye given my blog name. It wasn’t until I read the synopsis that it piqued my interest even more. The book is broken out into five sections, one for each of the characters and it was such a unique way of telling the story. Not realizing it initially, I thought the book focuses on Leila and Hudson – the first stranger she meets – and that they would continue on picking up the other strangers along the way. Little did I know that they would all be individually experienced and it felt a bit like 5 separate short stories that had one linking factor.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s pretty remarkable that Alsaid is able to create such different narrative voices, all with such compelling stories for each of the five characters. There were so many poignant moments that give pause and reflection. While I thought I knew where it was headed, I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong. Let’s Get Lost was such a feel-good contemporary read where the category has been so dominated with dystopian and paranormal. There were some dark moments, and some important ones that the characters pushed through and it just made me as the reader have a warm feeling. Leila felt at times like a guardian angel, or spirit guide, to each of the four strangers in that specific moment. And yet everyone grows and takes something away from their interactions.