Hi Everyone! It’s Becky, again. I really enjoyed Jessica Brody’s Chaos of Standing Still (you can read my review here) so I was super excited to find her new book on Edelweiss. I am happy to report that I was not disappointed.
Title: The Geography of Lost Things
Author: Jessica Brody
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: Ali’s father disappeared six years ago. He left her and her mother without a backwards look. He’s only legacy is the huge amount of debt he left. Now, Ali and her mother are just days away from losing their home and Ali is desperate to find a solution and one appears when Ali’s father leaves her his prized 1968 Firebird convertible. Ali knows the car will save them and she has even found a buyer but there is just one problem. Ali doesn’t know how to drive the classic car’s standard transmission. Ali only knows one person who can drive a stick shift… her ex-boyfriend, Nico. Nico agrees to help Ali get the car to the buyer however Nico has a counter offer. Instead of selling the car Nico thinks they can trade items they find on Craigslist to earn the money Ali needs. Ali reluctantly agrees and the two start a journey up the west coast to try to save Ali’s home and possibly salvage their broken relationship.
Review: When I was in college I stumbled across a website about a guy trying to turn a paperclip into a house through a series of trades. This became my favorite guilty pleasure and I checked in on the site at least once a week. All of this is me saying that there is a possibility that I was a little bias to The Geography of Lost Things. The story of two teens trying to make trades on Craigslist to earn enough money to save one of their homes hooked me from the first page. It is the perfect quirky storyline. The items they collect and the people the encounter felt original and gave the book a fresh feel. The plot was also the perfect storyline to compliment Ali’s journey of to forgive her late father and Ali and Nico’s journey back to each other. The two stories fit together perfectly and gave Ali and Nico a complexity which made this book feel more like a character driven family drama than just a fluffy love story. The characters, their histories, and their dreams made the book a perfect combination of realistic family drama, teen romance, and charming road trip story. The entire book comes together to verify that Jessica Brody is becoming a must read in YA realistic fiction.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5