LET’S GET LOST
Dubbed a “John Green readalike” by School Library Journal, Let's Get Lost is a twist on the classic road trip story. Arranged as five multichapter vignettes, this road trip adventure will leave you breathless. This captivating cross-country journey begins with Leila. She’s traveling from Louisiana to Alaska in search of the Northern Lights.
Dubbed a “John Green readalike” by School Library Journal, Let's Get Lost is a twist on the classic road trip story. Arranged as five multichapter vignettes, this road trip adventure will leave you breathless. This captivating cross-country journey begins with Leila. She’s traveling from Louisiana to Alaska in search of the Northern Lights. But this isn’t Leila’s story, not quite. This is the story of a boy named Hudson in Mississippi. And Bree, a girl who seizes every Tuesday. It’s Elliot’s, too, who’s trying to write his own story. And Sonia, who doesn’t realize hers hasn’t ended just yet. This is an adventure, a romance, a bedtime story, and a mystery. This is a story about love, hope, and searching for answers. This is the story of your best friend, your neighbor, and that girl you once saw crying in a coffee shop. This is a story about the people who help you find yourself. This is your story. Are you ready to get lost?
“Reminiscent of John Green's Paper Towns, Alsaid's debut is a gem.”
— School Library Journal
“Characters are portrayed attractively and with a colorful authenticity… An entertaining and romantic road-trip debut.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Debut author Alsaid creates enough adventure to make the stories feel breathless.”
— Publishers Weekly
“With romantic interludes, witty banter, some exhilarating minor drinking and law-breaking, an empowering message, and satisfying conclusions for everyone involved, this will likely be a popular summer hit, especially for older teens about to embark on their own journeys of self-discovery.”
— Sarah Hunter, Booklist
Is there anything that you’ve learned from this book? If so, how might you apply this in your own life?
Why do you think the author titled the book Let’s Get Lost? How does the title relate to the themes of the book? What would be another good title for this book? Why?
Were you surprised when you found out about Leila’s past? Why or why not?
How were the characters that Leila picked up along the way similar and different? Who was your favorite? Why? Whom did you like the least? Cite character actions and dialogue to support your opinion.
Describe Leila’s role in the lives of each of the main characters whom she comes in contact with. How did she help each of them in a meaningful way? What parts of the text inform your analysis?
Why is Leila so effective in helping the characters she meets? How does she accomplish this? What is it about her personality and circumstances that make her so helpful? Cite examples from the text to support your ideas.
Leila seems to have a very good understanding of people. What do you think she learned on her road trip that she didn’t already know about people?
Besides Hudson, which character do you think had the most impact on Leila? Cite specific words, phrases and actions from the book to defend your response.
Did Leila have to take this road trip? How might her life have been different if she hadn’t?
What are the various themes of this book? What parts of the book inform your answer?
In her first letter to Hudson, Leila writes, “I’ve decided that my trip to see the Lights will be a treasure hunt. I’m going to steal your idea to look at the world as if it’s always hiding something of value.” How did Leila follow this advice throughout her road trip? Cite specific instances.
What might the significance of Leila’s car being totally red, right down to the hubcaps and entire interior, have? What might this color be a symbol for? Defend your answer with character traits and scene-specific textual evidence from throughout the story.
How does the author build suspense throughout the novel? Which lines/words/parts of the book add to this suspenseful feeling?