The Geography of Lost Things
After Ali’s father passes away, he leaves his one and only prized possession—a 1968 Firebird convertible—to his daughter. But Ali doesn’t plan on keeping it. Not when it reminds her too much of ...more
e-ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Another fun, romantic yet insightful novel by Jessica Brody. Having read and loved both A Week Of Mondays and The Chaos Of Standing Still, I had high expectations. Fortunately, this book did not disappoint. Jessica Brody is now an auto-buy author for me.
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 con ...more
I was crying. I was smiling. I was crying AND smiling. I just loved this story.
Five things I really loved about The Geography of Lost Things
Brody really took me on a fantastic road trip. I got to travel through the picturesque Pacific Northwest, and Brod ...more
I absolutely LOVE this book. It was enjoyable from beginning to end.
Ali is in financial trouble and is losing her childhood home if she can't come up with a hefty sum of money. Her father recently passed away and has left her a 1968 firebird convertible. She puts it up on Craigslist and a car collector offers more than enough money for it. There's just one problem. She can't drive stick and her ex-boyfriend can. Thus begin ...more
There was so much to love here:
Road Trip!!! Who doesn't love a good road trip in a book??Exes on the Road Trip. I mean you know it's going to be interesting when exes are stuck together for that long.
Craig's List. In order to get money they keep trading things up on Craig's List. It sounds silly but it was a really fun element to the trip.
Quizzes. Within the book there ...more
The Geography of Lost Things is, as the title suggests, a story about loss, lost things, and a road trip that teaches its main character about forgiveness and love. After her father passes away it seems the hits just keep on coming for Ali, first with her mother giving in to the letters left on their door and then with her dad's baby, his true love, his car, ending up in her possession. Ali doesn't hang on to things though and the car is the first ...more
Rating: 3.5 / 5
The Geography of Lost Things is a fun, cute and quick contemporary read. It has the fun road trip setting, something I’m completely obsessed with. However, I found the book to be a wee bit boring in terms of the plotting. Don’t get me wrong, it was a pretty good book. It’s just I didn’t find it to be overly interesting.
When it comes to rati ...more
Ali's father has done nothing but take and take from her mother. When he dies, he leaves her with his vintage convertible, which he always seemed to care about more than her. When she finds out what it's worth, she decides to sell it so she can save her house from being repossessed. But her ex-boyfriend, Nico, is the only one who can drive a stick shift with her up the coast... and he's not sure that selling it is a good idea.
I raced through The Geography of Lost Things, much like Ali and Nico i...more
AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH???????!!!!!!!!!!!! Honestly, I think any review I write will have to contain a lot of excited screaming, but I'm going to try to write cohesive sentences anyways. Coming soon, I promise!
Ali has just days until the bank will reclaim her family home and she and her mother must find somewhere else to live. Years of paying the debts of her flaky father, of learning that his promises can’t be tru ...more
The Geography of Lost Things was the contemporary book I didn’t know I needed. I truly loved this story. I think anyone who has a strained relationship with a parent should read this book. The author writes such a raw, realistic interpretation of an estranged child and parent relationship. She also expertly conveys how this estrangement can affect the child and their behavior.
At its co ...more
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I am sooo thrilled to be part of the tour organized by Fantastic Flying Book Club for this amazing book. You can check out the tour schedule here.
You know that feeling when you read the blurb and you think that you already know the story?
That’s the impression I had of this book. I thought this would be a light read, complete with all the cliches ever made for road trips and contemporary romance stories. But I was wrong. ABSOLUTELY wrong. Beca ...more
One of my favorite themes is grief, and this is a unique approach. We all know what it's like to miss people we love, but I don't know what it's like to lose someone you had a complicated relationship with. And Ali's relationship with her dad is mostly negative. There are positive aspects and memories, but mostly, she remembers him leaving and gone.
This book is an emotional roller coaster. A lot of that is due to the presence of her ex-boyfriend, but she's also con ...more
Lots of adult crossover appeal. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Thanks to the publisher ...more
Thank you to Simon Pulse for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I loved everything about this book and for being almost 500 pages, it's a fast one. Once I started, I had to keep going to see whether they would reach the goal or not here. Plus, the relationship aspect between Ali and her dad plus Ali and Nico was far too intriguing to me not to be interested by. There's a lot of connected subplots between the father, his ...more
My Rating: 4
I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Despite owning several of Jessica Brody's novels, this is the first YA contemporary of hers that I've read. There were three main reasons why I decided to pick up this book: 1) the cover is absolutely beautiful; 2) I was very interested in the concept of discovering the value of ordinary objects; and 3) I had yet to find a good "road trip sto ...more
Ali’s father, Jackson, was never around. He didn’t help pay the bills, wasn’t there to see Ali grow up, enter high school, get her first job. Ali and her mother haven’t heard from Jackson for a while, and then the hospital calls. He’s dead. A few days later, a man shows up at the door, giving Ali what her father left in his will --- his 1968 Firebird 400 convertible. Ali does not want her father’s prized possession, a car he loved more than her family, tain ...more
The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody | Book Review
This review was originally posted on Finding Wonderland
THE STORY | Ali is anything but sentimental when it comes to the father who abandoned her. This is why when she is willed his prize possession, a 1968 Firebird, she cannot be rid of the inheritance fast enough. Her mother is about to los ...more
I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss 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 ...more
I HAVE FOUND IT. I HAVE FINALLY FOUND THE PERFECT ROAD TRIP BOOK. I DID NOT THINK I’D FIND ONE THIS YEAR WITH ALL THE MEDIOCRE BOOKS ON-THE-ROAD I’D READ, BUT I DID. I CAN REST IN PEACE NOW.
No but seriously, I’m the happiest person on this planet. Road trips are a freaking brilliant concept and the fact that nobody in the YA world seemed to be getting it spot-on was just devastating; finding this book that got it just right is the coolest thing ever.
The best thing about this bo ...more
You’ve got a surprise in the mailbox and it’s a book you’ve been so excited to read! You:
A. Jump for joy and begin reading it immediately.
B. Hide away in your room and don’t come out until your finished reading it.
C. All of the above 😍
Thank you Simon Pulse for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review!
Past decisions that Ali’s dad has made things quite hard for her and her mom. Now that he’s passed and left Ali and her mom in a lot ...more
If you're looking for a nice road trip book, then this is for you. I, personally, LOVE road trip books and this one checked all of the boxes. It definitely makes me want to take a drive along the Western coastline of the US!
Ali and Nico were both likable characters and I thought the pacing of the book was really good. We didn't have to spend too much time in the car with them, but were given just enough as a reader to feel like our chara ...more
It was a little annoying how she always seemed to keep coming back to how she hated Jackson and ...more
Ali and Nico had an 88-day relationship end badly. Ali and her father had a contentious relationship for practically her whole life. Those two relationships collide when Ali receives her father's beloved Firebird convertible after he dies and then she needs N ...more
Okay, first of all, I feel like this is the perfect contemporary book. It feels raw and real, yet still hopeful and cute. Ali is dealing with heavy stuff and I viscerally felt her pain as well. The flashbacks with her father and all the family ...more
*I received this ARC through Bookcon*
*The first half of this is 5 stars.
*The writing was cute, the plot was interesting and the awkwardness between Nico and Ali was adorable.
*The second half of this book was a mess.
*The second half of the book didn't need to be there
*The subplot which was interesting for the first half, became the main plot and it wasn't even a good plot any longer.
*The first half: cute, adorable, great plot and characte ...more
After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager ...more