Note: Wow, it’s been a long time since I last posted! But hey, now I’m back.
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.
This book was really… underwhelming. You could tell that the author was TRYING to make quirky and interesting characters, but he didn’t really pull it off. The characters were mostly flat, and some of the storylines were too farfetched for me to handle. Furthermore, the stories weren’t connected enough. I felt like I was reading a collection of short stories.
I liked Hudson’s part and Sonia’s part. Bree and Elliott felt more like “filler” storylines. But between Hudson and Sonia, we got to see Leila grow from a focus on her personal journey to a focus on helping someone else on hers. She literally turned Hudson’s life upside-down. But she helped Sonia finally get back on track. That was pretty remarkable, but Bree and Elliott’s storylines did not do enough to create the catalyst for that change. I was surprised by Leila’s reason for her journey though.
I guess I was expecting something quirky and cool, and this book tried to pull it off—but it wasn’t quite enough to be spectacular.
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- Looking for Alaska – John Green (Hah! Alaska!)
- Every Day – David Levithan