Book Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Hey guys! I’m back with a book review finally. It’s been awhile..I kind of slacked off a bit with my reading but I’m back on the train for a little while again. Today, I’m going to share my opinion on Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid.

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Now, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve read this but I remember a good portion of this book..bare with me.

It starts off with us meeting a girl named Lelia. She has basically runaway from home for the summer and is going on a road-trip to see the northern lights. Along the way she meets 4 different people all in different scenarios but she comes to them right in their time of need.

She first meets Hudson. He works with his dad as a mechanic. Lelia ends up needing work done on her car when she winds up at Hudson’s shop. He gets working on her car, turns out liking her and talks her into letting him show her around Vicksburg, Mississippi..all night. Well, Hudson was suppose to be studying all night for college interview but that change when he was late the next morning. That left Lelia and Hudson on bad terms and she left.

Next, she met Bree. Bree was walking down the side of a highway basically running away from home as well. Lelia stopped her car and let Bree in. Lelia learned that Bree was having a rocky relationship with her sister and wanted to get away. Leila and Bree ended up doing very risky things and one landed them in jail. The only way for them to get bailed out was for Bree to call her sister. Peace was finally made and Lelia continued on her journey to the northern lights.

While driving through Minneapolis, Lelia came upon a figure in the middle of the road and nearly hit them. That’s when she met Elliot. He was going through rough time with a girl at prom. Him and Lelia ended up running all over town trying to track this girl down so Elliot could sing a song and confess his love to her..but it ended up turning all bad.

On her last stop, she met Sonia. This was a crazy adventure here. Sonia was sorta dating a guy named Jeremiah..but it was all a secret because she didn’t want her old boyfriend named Sam, family to be upset (he passed away). Sonia was suppose to be attending a wedding that her boyfriend was in..along with Sam’s sister. Sonia went to runaway from the wedding that’s when Lelia met her. Lelia and her were driving away..a long ways away back to the US from Canada..she was wearing Jeremiah’s tuxedo and the rings were in there. Leila and Sonia had to go back to Canada but neither had passports! They ended up getting there through a series of events..that ended up with Sonia & Jeremiah being able to be together after all.

Finally, after all the stops and friends that Lelia had met she made it to her destination. She went to a campground where she met another family that made her feel comfortable while being there. They had a daughter named Dee..she got real close with Lelia and they threw Lelia a birthday party because Lelia never remembered having one (her parents and sister both died in an accident). Dee got frustrated after the birthday party because it didn’t bring any memories back for Lelia and she ran away. After they found Dee..she pointed up and there were the northern lights, just for Lelia.

I really enjoyed this book and I was in tune the entire time! It was so hard to put down.

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  • Liz
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Book Review: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brain Selznick

Hey guys! I’m back with another book review..but this book is super quick. It’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brain Selznick. Let’s go.IMG_0941

More than 50% of this book is black and white pictures/illustrations that help tell the story. It is a 500 page book though but I still finished it within 2 days.

It happens to be about a boy named Hugo who lives in a train station. His father used to maintain and do maintenance on the clocks all the over the station but his father died in a fire..so now it’s just him. Hugo isn’t suppose to be living in the station alone, it’s total secret.

He doesn’t have money for food so he ends up stealing food and stealing from a toy maker/seller in the station. One day he gets caught by the man and he takes his notebook. That notebook was special to Hugo..it was his father’s and it has drawings for how to put together an automaton.

While walking outside the station one day, he noticed a girl up in the house where the old man lived. She came down and talked Hugo, he needed her to find the notebook..she sort of agreed too.

The next day when Hugo was in the station the old man, told him to start fixing the toys he had broken by stealing and maybe he would get the notebook back.

Throughout the book, the girl ends up finding the notebook..but then Hugo needed a key..the girl Isabella had the key around her neck so he stole it.

Between him and Isabella they end up getting the automaton working and it produces drawings..not a letter from his father like Hugo though it would.

At the end of the book, it turns out the draws the automaton produced were the old mans from movies that old man made but gave up on and never wanted them to be part of them again.

This was a very interesting book. I liked how the pictures told the story as well and not just all words. It’s a little tricky reviewing this book though be of the pictures..and I didn’t want to give much away because it’s a quick read.

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  • Liz

 

 

Book Review: The Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn Keene

Hi guys! It’s time for another book review. This week’s book happens to be an oldie but a goodie. It’s The Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn Keene.IMG_0868

I’ve always been instead in Nancy Drew books but I read them so quickly because I get locked into them. I wish I had more of the collection but I only have a few.

For those of you that have not read any Nancy Drew books, Nancy is a young women, her father Mr. Drew is a lawyer..Nancy always gets her head wrapped around different cases that her Father encounters..just like this one.

Mr. Drew ends up giving the go-ahead for the Blairs, who are actresses to adopt a set of twins. Not too soon after he does, he receives a letter from the babies mother saying ‘do not let the Blairs adopted my babies’. Nancy gets right on the case.

She ends up going to the Blairs estate several times throughout the book to get clues as to way the Blairs even adopted children sense they are so busy already. She meets with their maid, cook, and chafferer all who say they shouldn’t have the children..they are just using them to look good as actresses.

Nancy finds clues one after other trying to connect the mother with her babies and to get them out of the Blairs hands.

This book was so good. I was hooked throughout the entire book..I just wanted to get to the end and get the mystery solved just as much as Nancy. I highly recommend Nancy Drew books to anyone especially young girls!

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  • Liz

 

SPOILER – Nancy does reunite the babies with their biological mother & father!

 

Book Review: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Hi guys! I’m back with another book review, this time it’s by one of my favorite authors..I Was Here by Gayle Forman. It just came out 2 years ago and I recently picked it up.IMG_0939

It’s about a girl who unfortunately commits suicide..now I’m not typically the person to read books about that but I just grabbed it.

The girls name is Meg. She went off to college in Seattle..while she was there she planned it all outta by figuring out all the details and what she would need to do to commit suicide without anyone noticing.

Now her friend Cody had to go to Seattle to bring all of her stuff back home. While Cody was there she met with Meg’s friends and slept in Meg’s bed..once she got back home Meg’s parents gave Cody her laptop. That was a pretty wrong idea.

Cody went digging to find out why Meg did what she did..and how she did it. There had to be someone who forced her too or something.

Throughout the book..Cody has one of Meg’s friends hack into the laptop to access files and emails to try and get clues. She also pairs up with one of Meg’s friends (I believe) named Ben to help..but he doesn’t always like to get into what was Meg’s personal business.

Cody figures out that Meg was in an online forum that talked all about how to commit suicide and the easy ways too. There was one guy in particular that caught Cody’s eye and she thought that’s who got Meg into the state she was.

Cody and Ben end up locating the guy and tracking him down but it wasn’t really worth it in the end.

This book was a fairly good read. I was hooked to it as normal and enjoyed pretty much every part.

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  • Liz

Book Review: Memoirs

Hi guys! Today’s post is going to be a little different than my typical book review..I’ve read 2 non-fiction or memoirs this past week or so and thought I would share my opinion but not really a ‘review’ on them.

  1. Raising a Soul Surfer by Cheri Hamilton & Rick Bundschuh: I love the movie Soul Surfer which is about Bethany Hamiltion. She is such an inspiration to me, being that we are sort of in the same boat. I was not attacked by a shark but I did have scoliosis surgery which limits me on what I can/cannot do..sort of similar to Bethany’s story. Anyhow, she is inspires me. I saw this book which was written by her mother and I had to read it. It’s basically a story that tells how Cheri (her mom) met her dad Tom, and all the struggles they went through in life and how God had helped them..and then she shared about the shark attacked..how God helped strengthen them and get through. It was great book, very inspiring. We should never let our troubles outweigh us but sometimes we do.
  2. Happy Happy Happy by Phil Robertson & Mark Schlabach: I used to be a big fan of the tv show Duck Dynasty..I really got into because they are a really close knit family and have strong Christian beliefs. I’m trying to work on being a positive person and turn to God when things get rough. This book really inspired me also. I didn’t realize Phil and Kay had such a rocky relationship/marriage at first but it shows that when you work through your troubles and turn to God things will get better. Reading this also helped me realize that I want to re-explore the bible and re-connect with my past Christian beliefs.

These two books were amazing and so inspirational! I highly recommend them if you need a pick me up to show you that things may get rough but we can always work through them and grow with God’s help.

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  • Liz

Book Review: Messenger by Lois Lowry

Hi guys! Time for another book review, Today I’m sharing my opinion on ‘Messenger by Lois Lowry’. This is the 3rd book in the series (The Giver, Gathering Blue), I believe.img_0717

Overall I enjoyed it! The main characters are Matty & Ser. Matty is a carryover character from Gathering Blue and possibly the giver.

Matty now lives on the other side of the forest where the injured or deformed ones go. He got adopted into a house with a blind man named Ser.

Matty does a lot his new home, each person sort of has their own meaning and he delivers messages to the people and to the other side occasionally. He gets an order from the leader to go deliver messages to the other side saying the borders will be closing and no-one will be able to come across again.

Ser, turns out to have a daughter on the other side and sends Matty to get her. The forest can be very dangerous and can even kill you. Matty & the girl struggle to get through but with the help of Leader, they make it. Shortly after, Matty receives his real name.

This was so good. I like how the author carried characters over from the other books. There is one more in this series called Son which I hope to read soon.

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  • Liz

Book Review: If I Stay & Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Hi guys! Today is Wednesday, which is book review day! I’m going to be sharing my opinion on If I Stay & Where She Went by Gayle Forman. 

Mia is a cello player who lives with her mother and father along with little brother Teddy. It all began one morning when a huge snow storm hit and everything was closed. Her parents thought it would be a good time to go visit family friends..little did they all know their lives would change dramatically on that ride.

They got into a car accident and Mia was the only one that survived but she wasn’t sure if she wanted to live.

I really got hooked into this book quickly..it was definitely a little odd at some points because her soul as I am going to put it was floating around the hospital while she was unconscious..seeing how things were turning out. The whole book she was mainly in the hospital..and then recovering but her soul was everywhere and no one knew it. She also had a boyfriend named Adam who was trying to convince her to stay and not leave them all but it was a hard decision to make.

She was having such a great life and then everything changed..could she still be the person she wanted to be without half of you family?

In Where She Went, it mainly focused on how her now ex-boyfriend Adam was doing since it had been 3 years since her accident. They were both far away from each other. She had become a cello star and he was continuing on in his band but it was getting to hard for him to continue with unanswered questions about Mia.

He ended up going to one of her performances..she knew he was there. After that moment, they went exploring NY for a night..all over doing random things together. After that one night, they realize they want each other again.

Both were great books but I felt the second was a little off since it focused on Adam and not Mia. It took me a little longer to get hooked but once I did I couldn’t stop.

I hope this review is good..they are both difficult books to explain.

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  • Liz