Let’s Get Lost
by Adi Alsaid
Jackie B’s original book review is found here.
1. What did you think of the book as a whole? Did you like it? Love it? Hate it? What made you lean that way?
2. It’s uncommon (though quickly becoming more so) for an author to write a protagonist opposite of their sex. In Alsaid’s case, he wrote two male perspectives and three female perspectives. Did any of the stories feel more real or solid to you than others? Note: Alsaid has said in interview that he relates most to Elliot, followed by Bree.
3. Did any of the characters speak to you? Did they seem real and believable? Who was your favorite character?
4. For 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas, Bertino said that Philadelphia was a character in her book. Did you feel Leila’s road trip or her destinations can be characterized in this way? Why or why not?
5. Have you been to any of the places Leila visited? Do you think these are realistic depictions of these locations, or do you feel like we have a series of Anytown, USA settings?
6. Which was your favorite story, and why?
7. Hudson: Did you agree with Leila that Hudson didn’t want to leave Vicksburg? That he didn’t want to be a doctor? How do you feel about the ending of his story?
8. Bree: How did you feel about Bree’s character? What did you think of Leila’s decision to join in with Bree’s law-breaking antics? Do you think that Leila really had no one to call and bail them out of jail?
9. Elliot: Do you think that Elliot’s over-exposure to 80’s film inhibited him in any way? Do you feel like his story was written in a different fashion than the others? Do you agree with Leila that there are parallels to their night out and these 80’s films?
10. Sonia: Do you sympathize or empathize with what Sonia is going through? Why do you think Sonia and Leila made the decisions they did? Do you think it was right of Sonia to explain her emotions when and where she did?
11. Leila: By the time we get to Leila’s chapter, we still don’t know anything about her. Did you wonder why she involved herself in these people’s lives? Did you crave to know more about her? Did you buy her need to get attention from a boy? Did this device work for you, or not? What did you think about how her story wrapped up?
12. Leila’s car is noticeably referenced in every story. Do you feel like her car is also a character? Is it an essential part of the story? Why does the red color matter?
13. Did you like the device of postcards between stories? Why do you think Alsaid used this device?
14. If you had to summarize the theme of this book into a single sentence, what would it be?
15. Alsaid’s writing style has been compared to John Green. For those of you who have read John Green’s books (Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines) do you agree or disagree with this comparison?
16. How did you feel when you finished the novel. Satisfied? Surprised? Disappointed?
17. The end of this book contains discussion questions which are Common Core aligned. Why do you suppose the publisher did this? Do you think the questions are appropriate for middle-grade students?