The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody
“A lot can happen on the road from lost to found…
Ali Collins doesn’t have room in her life for clutter or complications. So when her estranged father passes away and leaves her his only prized possession—a 1968 Firebird convertible—Ali knows she won’t keep it. Not when it reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises. And especially not when a buyer three hundred miles up the Pacific coast is offering enough money for the car to save her childhood home from foreclosure. There’s only one problem, though. Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift.
But her ex-boyfriend, Nico, does.
The road trip gets off to a horrible start, filled with unexpected detours, roadblocks, and all the uncomfortable tension that comes with being trapped in a car with your ex. But when Nico starts collecting items from the quirky strangers they meet along the way, Ali starts to sense that these objects aren’t random. Somehow they seem to be leading her to an unknown truth about her father. A truth that will finally prove to Ali that some things—even broken things—are worth saving.”
If you like:
- Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington
- The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
- Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
- 80s Movie References
- Second Chance Romances
- Self Discovery and Growth
Then this book is for you!
The first 60 or so pages started off kind of slow because we were getting some background knowledge. This is around the point of where I had thought about putting the book down because I didn’t know if the story would pick up (and I haven’t seen any reviews, so I didn’t know other people’s thoughts), but I’m telling you DON’T put it down just yet because once Ali and Nico gets on the road, it gets a lot better and you won’t want to stop reading it!
As the couple travels to sell the car, there are also flashbacks that connects to certain scenes. As I was reading the book, it was kind of annoying to keep having a flashback every other chapter and read about the past when I wanted to read about the road trip. But once I finished the book, I realized that it would have given away so much info if the book had been divided into a ‘before’ and ‘present’, and the story wouldn’t have same effect.
Both Ali and Nico have pasts that played a big part in the outcome of their relationship before the book started, and neither of them were honest or up front with the problems during their 88 days together always putting a strain on things. Their relationship had started and progressed way to fast; it was like pouring gas on a fire and having it die out about 30 seconds later. Even though they had inside jokes and had made memories together, there was still a lot they didn’t know about each other because it’s obvious in some of the parts of their trip.
Their relationship was built on half-truths and secrets (which is never a good thing). Ali had given enough info to Nico for him to know that her father wasn’t in the picture while Nico was always avoiding talking about his family and inviting her to his house. They paid the price the night Ali ended it because Ali instantly jumped to the worst conclusion when she found a roll of cash in his glovebox.
“I though… he was searching for something. Always searching. Never finding.”
Is it crazy that I liked Nico even though that sounded rather sketchy with the money in the truck like that? I was praying that he wasn’t tied up in anything. I mean he has that bad boy vibe going on with the whole leaning against the wall with one foot propped on it, wind blown hair, and a sharp sense of humor (plus he has dirty blond hair which is an added bonus). Then I later find out that he’s addicted to coffee as in he basically need an IV of it at all times, and he’s always trying to fix things for others and trying to help them *heart eyes*.
Ali has trust issues because of her dad always coming and going and never keeping promises when she was a child. As a result she tries to distance herself from ever getting close to others by cutting ties once the relationship progresses into anything. Although I don’t agree with how Ali handles some of the things in this book, I do realize where she’s coming from because I had a flakey sister when I was younger, and I know the effects that can have on a young child.
“You’re not going to throw that away, are you?” Jane asks, pulling my attention away from the pages.
I glance at her in surprise…
“I just know you,” she says. “You’ll keep it for, like, a few months, and then you’ll go through one of your decluttering phases and throw it-“
Through out the road trip both Nico and Ali find parts of themselves that they have lost throughout the years. Nico is finally able to share a burden that he’s been carrying for years that has made him feel so along, while Ali learns more about her father and realize that there was a lot more to the story she thought she knew. Relationships are mended, and Ali is able to let go of some of the anger and bitterness that has manifested from a young age and move on with her life without those negative emotions always looming over her.
The Geography of Lost Things is a beautiful story about two teenagers learning how things aren’t always as they seem. They are able to let go of some of the weight that they have been shouldering for so long and are able to see things that have been there all along with the negativity blinding them. This story will make you laugh, cry, swoon a little, and want to go on a road trip so see what you can uncover about yourself!
“Suddenly, a very different sensation travels through me. An unfamiliar sensation. It’s so foreign, I can’t even be sure I’m currently identifying it.
But it feels a lot like hope.”
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- All the Lies by The Vamps
- Want You Back by 5SOS
- Talk Fast by 5SOS
- Fixed by New Hope Club
- Mercy by Shawn Mendes
- The Only Reason by 5SOS
- Catch Fire by 5SOS
- Teeth by 5SOS
- I Warned Myself by Charlie Puth
Happy reading until next time,