Academic journal article English Journal

Let's Get Lost

Academic journal article English Journal

Let's Get Lost

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After losing her parents in a tragic car accident, 17-year-old Leila embarks on a road trip from Louisiana to Alaska to witness the Northern Lights and to create her own definition of the meaning of life.

In this realistic, characterdriven novel, the author's plot structure centers around the lives of four teenagers, Hudson, Bree, Elliot, and Sonia, whose lives Leila "accidentally" enters in the course of her own northern road trip. The encounters occur during a time when the individual characters are experiencing their own personal crises and need help from someone to move on. The author's choice of structuring each chapter around the character who Leila meets, and whose life she is influencing, is particularly effective and strengthens the impact of the novel.

An interesting aspect of this work is that Leila is equally and mutually influenced by each individual whom she helps. In the process of these interactions, she learns more about herself while overcoming difficulties from her own past. Leila subsequently emerges as a strong protagonist. The book is also populated with entertaining supporting characters such as "Stoner Timmy," who assures Leila that doughnuts hold the answers to life's questions and fears Time Lords and individuals wearing recording devices. …

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