by Adi Alsaid
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (July 29, 2014)
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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.I give this book all of the stars. According to http://www.universetoday.com/102630/how-many-stars-are-there-in-the-universe/, there are 1024 stars in the universe and this book gets them all. Five stars just won’t do.
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 4,468-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 out what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way.
With that being said, this is the best book I’ve ever read. I heard about this book through pictures at BEA with the car.
I knew that I was going to like this novel but I had no idea that I was going to love this novel.
It’s written in five parts, one for each Hudson, Bree, Elliot, Sonia, and Leila, which was unique to most books I’ve read. I loved it because it was like a photomosaic puzzles where lots of pictures make up an even bigger picture. Each person that Leila met told their story of Leila through their eyes which taught the reader about both the person and Leila overall.
What I loved most about this novel is that every reader can identify with one of the five people in this novel. I identify with Hudson, who realizes that home can be where you are meant to be. I went off to college in an extremely small town and after graduation moved home to realize that Dallas is where I want to be. Adi mentioned that he most identifies with Elliot because in high school he was familiar with unrequited love. How cool is that, one book that hits so close to home for so many people, man, talk about awesome. Besides that, it allows you to understand others and truly appreciate the people that you know.
There are many times in my life when I find it appropriate to quote the most beautiful song about friendship, “For Good” from the musical Wicked. I could quote the entire song here and it would be applicable, but to sum it up, it’s about how the people in our life affect us. Many of us are lucky enough to have special people in our lives but still, many of us have lost important people in our lives through whatever circumstances. Leila might never talk to Bree again but she left her “handprint on her heart”. She may never see Elliot again but knowing him has changed her “for good”. It’s refreshing to remember to take in every day and not mope about tomorrow. My two best friends live in small towns around the state but instead of mope about it, we take each moment we get and treasure it. There are people we meet in passing and others we meet that stay but both are important, both matter.
I’ve been obsessed with indie movies for quite some time now but not because it’s cool or whatever, but because it’s realistic; life doesn’t always end with a proposal and a nice, neat bow, sometimes life gives you an opportunity and you get to do with that what you will. That is what I loved most about this book, I think. The emotions were real but it wasn’t neatly packaged at the end, it instead inspired hope the future and excitement for what may come, good or bad.
To sum up: I’m surprised that I actually found some words to describe how I feel about this book. Go read it now.