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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,077 ratings  ·  198 reviews
A charming and imaginative new novel about getting lost before you can be found.

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Frannie and Louis met in an online support group when they were both younger. They have never met face-to-face. They don’t even know each other’s real names. All they know is that they both have a mysterious tendency to lose things. Well, not lose them, exactly. Things just seem to…disappe
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Published July 5th 2016 by HarperCollins
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Varshanie Sookwah This book could go well with any age, but being a reader of this book multiple times, I would recommend that young children from approx. ages 11 and…moreThis book could go well with any age, but being a reader of this book multiple times, I would recommend that young children from approx. ages 11 and over read his more than the younger ages, since the dual perspective could get a little confusing, and also the romance could... well, gross some kids out, in my experience (Had my eight-year-old sister read this novel).(less)

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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.75 stars. Welp, this settles it y’all. Katrina Leno is officially my new favorite YA author. I was really hesitant going into this bc I loved Summer of Salt with my whole heart and I didn’t think anything could compare, but I ended up loving this one as well! I loved Frannie and Arrow and Willa and Louis and the wacky premise and THE ADORABLE (somewhat misguided) GRANDPARENTS! Be still my heart.

TW: mental illness, self harm, schizophrenia, amputation, loss of a parent
Katrina Leno
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book, sure, but then I went back in time and erased my memory so I could read it and review it with no bias. I thought it was great!
Sana
dnf @ 96%

I literally do not give a fuck anymore. I can't do this. I don't even want to finish it, it's fucking horrible.

review to come.
C.G. Drews
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to C.G. by: Maraia
This book is a precious little creature, built for anxious people with internet friendships. AKA: ME. The author probably totally sat down and thought, "Lemme write a book specifically for Cait." BLESS HER. <3 And loooook at me rating a contemporary book 5-stars when I am such a stingy star rater AND usually a fantasy person. OH THE STARS HAVE ALIGNED IN GLORY TODAY.

Well, it's mostly contemporary. Be ye warned: this is actually magical realism. It's not going to punch you in the face? But the
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Sarah
(Source: I was able to view a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

This was a YA contemporary story about two teens who met over the internet.

Louis and Frannie were okay characters, I felt quite sorry for Louis’ twin sister Willa though – losing her legs the way she did couldn’t have been easy for her, especially considering how young she was when it happened.

The storyline in this was about Louis and Frannie finally being able to me
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Stacey (prettybooks)
Close internet friendships, check. Road trips, check. Excellent representation of mental health, disability and racial diversity, check.

Frannie and Louis have had tumultuous lives. They met in an online support group and have been friends for years, but have never seen each other face-to-face. Frannie lives with her grandparents, but her mother didn't move away like she thought, and her father stabbed her with a pen when she was little. And Louis has been struggling with guilt ever since his twi
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
This is an amazing story. I laughed, I cried and read this book in two nights because I could not put it down.

This is a story of two teens who meet online and build a friendship. They have one thing in common and that is they lose everything they get. Well it just disappears and they can't seem to find things. Then one day they each receive mail that will send them on a road trip to Texas.

As they take off on this road trip each one finds things the other has lost. When they finally meet they re
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Zyra
very cute book :)
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten!

I wasn’t actually supposed to get a copy of The Lost & Found. It didn’t interest me at all; rather, I was meant to get the similarly titled The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke. It’s a mistake that happens sometimes! Not reading the book at all felt rude, so I put The Lost & Found on my TBR and its turn to be read came around. This book is an odd case of how the characters at the core of a story can be wonderful, interesting people but be surrounde
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Laura
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2017
Things I liked:
- the main characters
- the friendship between Frannie and Arrow (yay for girls supporting each other!)
- the diversity rep (bi-racial hero; sister of hero has a disability; mental illness)
- the road trip
- the writing

Things I didn't:
- the magical realism aspect
(though I gotta say that I'm fairly sure that magical realism isn't my thing in general, so this is purely personal preference)

All in all a cute read that I would recommend.
Suze Lavender
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Frannie and Louis met online, through the forum of a support group. They've been exchanging messages for years and they know everything there is to know about one another. They talk easily and being under the cover of anonymity helps them to open up. When they both have a reason to travel to Austin, Texas, they decide it's a great chance to see each other in the flesh for the first time. They finally share their names and they exchange telephone numbers.

Louis travels with his sister Willa and Fr
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Sarah Louise
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Magical realism can be such a hit-or-miss for me, but it was so cleverly done in The Lost & Found. Told through alternating points of view, online friends, Frannie and Louis, share a similar problem: Items around them literally disappear.

After the accident that caused Louis' sister to lose her legs, and the incident that lands Frannie's father in jail, the two meet in an online support group for people who have experienced tragedy. A coincidental connection to Austin, Texas sends each of th
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Lia
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Nara
The Lost & Found was actually this close to getting an "Incredible" rating. And honestly, it would have if only the ending had satisfied me a bit more. It was unfortunately quite open and abrupt. I really didn't like the last line, which just seemed quite jarring. I don't usually mind open endings in contemporary novels, as that's what most YA contemporaries these days seem to have anyway, but I like to have a little bit more closure than what The Lost & Found gave me.

Anyway, taking a st
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Dahlia
I quite liked this! Fun characters, an internet friendship brought into real life, some interesting perspectives, solid secondary characters (Willa in particular was definitely a favorite) and some road tripping - lots of things I like all in one book. I personally was not a huge fan of the single speculative element that, while adding to the book, felt a little cheap to me - showing the connection between two people via stuff that literally cannot have happened makes that connection feel less e ...more
Crystal (that.ending.though)
2.5
Everyone rated this as a 4 or 5 star, so I'm definitely over here chanting "baa baa black sheep" & I'm sure it's probably just a me thing, but I didn't particularly care for the characters and the one thing that really kept me reading ended up not even having a reason for it so now I'm just kind of mad about even finishing it. :-|
Jennifer
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
"That's the main problem with my life. I never know what the universe is trying to tell me."

"I think sometimes people--grown-ups--they put all this pressure on us to figure out every single step of our lives, every single connected dot, but in reality people are figuring things out as they go."

"Maybe it was the fact that for the first time in my life I had stopped focusing on all the things I was losing, and I was starting to go out and find things that I wanted for myself."

Soundtrack: A Hundred
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lucky little cat
Sigh. After four decades of reading YA lit, I don't do disability YA anymore. So was I ever relieved to find this isn't, not really. Instead, it's lovable-thinking-kid YA. Family-of-oddballs YA. Pretty much exactly what Sharon Creech was doing twenty years ago, but with texting and a few "fucks" tossed in, y'know, to keep it relevant. And apparently to forever keep it off of Catholic high school summer reading lists.

keywords: liiiiaaars, loss of f-a-c-u-l-t-i-e-s, it was here just a minute ago,
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Jessica
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

This was so different from most of the other contemporary books I've read! It was sweet, innocent, incredibly funny, and had a somewhat magical twist that really set it apart. All of the characters, even the secondary ones, were extremely well-developed, which is something that's not always done well in shorter novels.

I'm a bit sad that it wasn't longer, mainly because I would have liked to spend more time with the characters. However, I will say that the ending was the
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Noah | Dorky Bookworm
"The Lost & Found" is a delightful story about two teens losing things, discovering new things about themselves and their relatives, and is a cute story about two internet friends meeting one another. It's fluffy, light, funny, and a hidden gem.

I give this book four stars because while it is witty, it lacks a sophistication. It isn't anything new but it is something good. It's worth reading if you want to read a light book about characters finding themselves and each other. Or worth reading
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Bekka
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Absolutely amazing. People are going to love these characters.
Alexia
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Closer to 4.5 stars. SO GOOD!
Shanti
This was a really enjoyable novel. Overall, the diversity was done quite well, and I loved the intersecting plotlines and the themes of healing and friendship.
A small list of all the diversity in this novel
• Willa and Louis are half-Indian
• Willa is disabled (she has two prosthetic legs)
• Arrow is adopted from Vietnam
• Frances lives with her grandparents (idk if this counts but that is a discussion for another time)
• Frances is suffering from grief and maybe mild depression (as a result of dome
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Misty
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 STARS....What a wonderful heartwarming story!!! I loved the characters in this book and I loved the concept. I wish there was a sequel to this. I would love to know what the future holds for Louis and Frances.
Lauren R.
Wow, that was insanely good. I don't even know how to describe all the little things I loved about this book and its characters. Literally magic.

//Full thoughts//
I kind of just sat here and stared at my screen until I thought of words. This book was really, truly fantastic. If you like character-driven novels with adorable side characters too, read it. If you love road trip stories, read it. If you’re a fan of light magical realism, read it. If you’re a book blogger who can relate to internet f
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Sara
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, young-adult
Frannie and Louis have known each other online for years, having messaged each other through an online support group for trauma survivors. Both have a habit of losing stuff - more than that, both have noticed that things tend to disappear. Now, they're eighteen and they each have a separate reason for taking a road trip to Austin, where they plan to hopefully find what they've each been searching for and also meet each other in person for the first time. And along the way, they begin to find thi ...more
Lara
This was...cute.

There are some things I really liked--Willa, Louis and Willa's relationship, Arrow, Frannie and Arrow's relationship.

But there were several things that got in the way of my really enjoying this like other people seem to have and like I wanted to. First of all, I felt like Willa and Arrow both have waaaaaaay more personality than either of the two main characters, so it was hard to really feel anything for Louis or Frannie. They just seemed...blank somehow. The only time they cam
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Laura.125Pages
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Original review @ 125Pages.com

The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno is a sweet story about how missing items and missing people can intertwine. Frannie and Louis meet through an online grief support group. Living on opposite sides of the county they figure they will never meet or even know the other’s real name. Other than grief, they have one other thing in common; things keep disappearing around them. Like there one second, gone the next. When they each get a chance to travel to Austin, an epic
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Aaron Karo
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am obsessed with this masterly-woven sophomore effort from The Half Life of Molly Pierce author Katrina Leno. Hard to define but my best summary is a road trip disguised as a romantic comedy, wrapped in a love story, and shrouded in mystery. The lead characters read like the beginning of a joke: a grieving girl, her adopted Vietnamese cousin, a depressive boy, and his double amputee sister all walk into a diner. But Leno fleshes each of them out so deftly in dual POV, alternating-chapter fashi ...more
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