Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Lost & Found” as Want to Read:
The Lost & Found
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Lost & Found

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,478 ratings  ·  265 reviews
A charming and imaginative new novel about getting lost before you can be found.

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
Kindle Edition, 339 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by HarperCollins
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Lost & Found, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
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 o…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)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.77  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,478 ratings  ·  265 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Lost & Found
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!
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 there
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.
Sarah Elizabeth
(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
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
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 surrounded by thi
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
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
Sarah Louise
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magical-realism
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 them o
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.
rachel ☾
I really loved this one but it was missing a teeny tiny little something that I cannot put my finger on. Writing style slayed me though - in the best possible way, of course. RTC.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
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 | decorating.reader
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. :-|
Recognising the need for help is already so much of the battle.

While The Half Life of Molly Pierce shook me to my core, this was a more quiet contemporary with a somewhat magical realism element, which I'll get to later!

Louis: He is a biracial (Indian+White), who has panic attacks, previous self harm mentioned, insomnia and general guilt, from a incident involving his sister which left her without legs, which I'll get to later. Honestly, this book has such good therapy rep. I hate books whe
Samantha (WLABB)
Both Frannie and Louis had lost so much.

Frannie lost both her parents - one, when he stabbed her, the other to mental illness.
Louis lost his feeling of safety and living guilt free, when his twin sister lost her legs.

They found each other via an online therapy site, and had formed a genuine friendship over the years. With their futures up in the air, they decided to drive halfway across the country to take care of some business, and to meet one another. Along they way, objects they had inexpl
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,
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 step back
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
Noah Pindak
"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 if y
Just found out that this book was written by the same author who wrote one of my favs The Half Life of Molly Pierce.

The Lost & Found was an amazing story and I loooved it how they found things the other had lost. It's just such a great idea for a book! That magical touch made the books so much better.
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.
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
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
4.5 stars!!!

This was my fourth Katrina Leno book (I am catching up on her back list - the story behind that is in my review of The Half Life of Molly Pierce, which can be found here) and by the time I started this book, I knew I could trust Katrina to deliver completely.

It's really hard to properly describe quite what I love about her books -- it's going to sound like a combination of vague "just read and see" type qualities, but I'll try my best. Her books are charming, characters down-to-earth
Emily Murray
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it

I found this to be a tad underwhelming. I think Katrina Leno is a truly talented author, her characters are stunning, but I felt the plot to be a bit lacking in this one.
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
(4.5 stars) I feel like the ending wasn't quite what I wanted, but overall I loved this book. Great characters with great dynamics (funny dialogue!) and a magical little twist that tugs at my heart. ...more
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.
Ness (Vynexa)
Going into this story, barely knowing anything about it, I thought it was going to be a nice contemporary novel that would touch on difficult topics. It was just that with a bit more added and it hurt at times to digest.

Francis and Louis tend to lose things, correction– things tend to lose them with no rhyme or reason, they're just gone.

When Francis is stabbed with a fountain pen tip and Louis' twin sister has an accident that causes her to no longer have her legs from knee down, this is when it
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Last Time We Say Goodbye
  • A Curse of Roses
  • Crownchasers (Crownchasers, #1)
  • The Chaos of Standing Still
  • Six Earlier Days (Every Day, #0.5)
  • The Amaranth Enchantment
  • Just Breathe
  • If These Wings Could Fly
  • Sisters of the Snake
  • When My Heart Joins the Thousand
  • Places No One Knows
  • Brightly Woven: The Graphic Novel
  • Lucky Girl
  • Invisible Ghosts
  • None Shall Sleep
  • Lost in the Sun
  • Pulang
  • Girls Save the World in This One
See similar books…

News & Interviews

  Some people love books. Some people fall in love. And some people love books about falling in love. Every month our team sorts through...
10 likes · 0 comments
“Things in my life had a tendency to be there one minute, gone the next.” 3 likes
“The distance between two things so phenomenally far apart from each other crossed at the slowest possible rate... We were seeking our own light, and we had just found it.” 2 likes
More quotes…