Saturday, July 26, 2014

"Let's Get Lost" by Adi Alsaid

Let's Get Lost
by Adi Alsaid

Let's Get Lost has just been released! This book blitz and giveaway is brought to you by YA Bound Book Tours.

You can also read a further blog post including another excerpt and guest post.

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.

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After half an hour of aimless driving, the air hadn’t cooled at all. The faux-velvet seats had become uncomfortably sticky, so they decided to park and stretch their legs for a bit. Seeking solace from the heat, they chose a spot under the shade of a tree with long, low-hanging branches that reached out over the street like protective arms.
Across the road from them, surrounded by a ten-foot white wall that stretched farther than Bree could see, was the Kansas City Country Club. The landscaping outside was immaculate, everything bright green and evenly trimmed, bushes rounded into perfect spheres. Every now and then a car would drive up to the lone valet attendant. The people getting out of the cars were dressed up, the men in expensive looking suits, cuff links, and pocket squares, the women decked out in jewelry and brand-name handbags. A big, golden Mercedes came up the driveway. A car like that had never once stopped to pick Bree up when she was hitchhiking.
“I bet that Mercedes has some pretty sweet AC,” Bree said.
 “I bet,” Leila said. She wiped at the sweat on her forehead. “It looks like there’s some kind of event going on.”
The sun was still high, the sunset a couple of hours away. Bree felt her shirt stick to her lower back.
“Yeah . . .” Bree said, her voice trailing off. “You think they’d mind if we borrowed it for a little while?”
Leila turned to Bree, arching one eyebrow. “It would be nice to drive around with some air-conditioning for a bit. Why? Your soul getting itchy again?”
They watched the valet attendant get into the car, drive about fifty feet up the driveway, and turn into the parking lot that was hidden from view. After a few moments he reappeared, trotting back to the entrance, waiting for the next car to show up. He left the keys of the Mercedes on a hook next to about two dozen other sets of luxury-car keys.
 “We’ll just borrow it for an hour,” Bree said. “They won’t even notice it’s gone.”
“I’m not so sure about that. Rich people have a weird sixth sense about their belongings.”
“It’ll just be a few quick laps on the highway.”
“Quick because there’ll be someone chasing us?”
“No one will be chasing us.”
“I know,” Leila said. “I’m stalling because I’m nervous.”
“Hey, I’m not gonna deny you the right to be nervous. But once you’ve dealt with your nerves, I think you know what we have to do.”
“What do we say if someone catches us?”
“That we were dying of heat stroke and it was a medical emergency,” Bree said.
Leila paused. “Then we’ll come right back and leave it exactly where it was before?”
“Same parking spot.”
Another car was coming up the street, likely headed for the club. The girls looked at each other, grinning like madmen. Bree could feel her heartbeat speed up.
Bree opened the door. “Come on, we’ll grab the keys when the valet’s parking this car.”
Leila took a few deep breaths, as if she was about to try swimming a long distance underwater. “Seize the Tuesday,” she said.
They jogged across the street and hid behind the outer wall of the country club. When they heard the valet start pulling the car around, they left their cover and walked quickly up the driveway. The keys were hanging unprotected, as tempting as pies cooling on windowsills. Bree reached them first, grabbing the set with that recognizable Mercedes symbol glinting silver in the sunlight. It was almost
disappointingly easy.
“Just act like you belong here,” Bree said as they walked into the parking lot. “The best ID in the
world is a smile and a wave.”
The weight of the keys in her hand already felt so gratifying, more than her entire duffel bag of stolen goods had. She couldn’t wait to get into the car, to start the engine, to drive around and pretend that cold air had been their only motivation.
“Can I help you guys?”
The valet appeared up ahead, a couple of rows over. He wasn’t badlooking, Bree thought to herself. He was goofy in his valet’s vest, his white button-down shirt more shoved into his pants than patiently tucked. He had the kind of facial hair that can’t quite yet be more than scruff.
“We just need to get something out of the car,” Bree said, not slowing down.
The valet squinted at them, noticing the keys in Bree’s hand. She closed her fist tightly against them, as if he might try to take them away from her forcefully. She wondered if they could outrun him.
“Oh,” he said, starting to walk in their direction. “Are, uh, are you guys club members?”
“My parents just forgot something,” Bree said, pointing vaguely in the direction of the golden Mercedes. Leila followed Bree’s lead, but the valet kept walking toward them, as if he meant to cut them off. He’d pulled his cell phone out of his pocket. “Okay,” he said, but it was clear that he wasn’t going to leave them.
Shit, Bree thought, sensing an impassable obstacle. Then she remembered how easy it had been to just walk away with all they’d stolen at the convenience store, how that guy pumping his gas had looked at them. The Mercedes was only about three cars away now, close enough that the remote would have no trouble unlocking the doors. She met the valet’s gaze, searching his rather pretty eyes for something besides suspicion.
“Can I ask you a question?” she said, stepping right up to him.
“Um,” he said. They were standing by the Mercedes now. The valet’s gaze went from the car, to Leila, to Bree, who was now less than an arm’s length away. “Sure.”
“When was the last time you felt really alive?”
Without another word, Bree put her hand on his waist and pulled herself toward him. She kissed him with abandon. Despite what had happened, Bree still believed in reckless kisses. She pulled back and couldn’t help but laugh at the dazed look in the valet’s eyes.
“Whoa,” he said.

Praise for the Book
"Reminiscent of John Green’s Paper Towns and road trip novels that feature a teen paving the way to adulthood, Alsaid’s debut is a gem among contemporary YA novels." ~ School Library Journal
"Five love stories, beautifully woven together by a special girl in search of adventure, hope, and full appreciation of life’s simple pleasures. A do-not-miss." ~ Justine Magazine
"Moving and poignant." ~ Glitter Magazine

"Characters are portrayed attractively and with a colorful authenticity ... An entertaining and romantic road-trip debut." ~ Kirkus Reviews
"An impressive novel by a rising star with effortless style and voice." ~ RT Book Reviews
"Leila's quest to find the Northern Lights takes readers on a captivating cross-country journey, where four strangers' adventures collide into one riveting tale of finding yourself." ~

"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
"This book is a must-read for anyone who is a fan of John Green. It’s heart-warming plot and unique characters encompass you in the book almost immediately, making you feel happy and refreshed when you finish the last chapter." ~ Sarah L., YALSA teen reviewer
"Mesmerizing. A story of love, loss, ambition, and finding the true meaning of life." ~ Glitter magazine

"Debut author Alsaid creates enough adventure to make the stories feel breathless." ~ Publishers Weekly
"... for readers of John Green or any realistic YA authors, I would highly recommend this new wonderful novel." ~ Fresh Fiction
"Follow Leila ... on her action-packed quest toward self-discovery. This feel-good novel is four love stories for the price of one." ~ Wendy Wunder, author of The Probability of Miracles

Guest Post by the Author
Songs I Couldn’t Travel Without
This is a tough one, as I’m constantly listening to music during my travels. Lowering the windows of a car and blasting music is a crucial element to any road trip, and big headphones make staring out of a bus window feel cinematic.

5. "California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade" - The Decemberists

4. "I Won’t Be Found" - Tallest Man on Earth

3. "Estate Sale Sign" - The Mountain Goats

2. "The Trapeze Swinger" - Iron and Wine

1. "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" - Neutral Milk Hotel

About the Author
Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, then studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it's no surprise that after graduating, he did not go into business world but rather packed up his apartment into his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer.
He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he's lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list.
Let's Get Lost is his YA debut.

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