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The Geography of Lost Things

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  132 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
In this romantic road trip story perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson, a teen girl discovers the value of ordinary objects while learning to forgive her absent father.

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
Hardcover, 455 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Simon Pulse
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Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

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
Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy Brody's books, but usually there's a little something that keeps it from getting those all-the-stars. That was not the case with The Geography of Lost Things! Seriously, this is what I looked like when I finished reading this book:

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
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a digital arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Yay my first Jessica Brody book!! I own several but it took her latest to finally get me to pick one up. So happy I finally did.

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
Carlene Inspired
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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
Kath (Read Forevermore)
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-arcs, reviews
An arc of this book was sent to me by Simon Pulse (Simon Teen) in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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.

— writing
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alice (arctic books)
I really liked this one! RTC!
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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

Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a cute book that I flew through in one sitting. It had a fun road trip element (which I am always trash for) which was my favorite part. Other than that, it wasn't amazing and I am probably going to forget everything that happened quite soon.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Every one of her books centers around heartache, which often makes them hard to read. This was hard to read and frustrating at times, but overall, it was sweet. The ending was much better than I anticipated and I’m glad she got some closure.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, books-i-own
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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!
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Geography of Lost Things is a fun road trip novel about learning to forgive and starting over. Jessica Brody weaves together a compelling story of second-chance romance and father-daughter relationships, family financial difficulties and learning to see again the value in little things.

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
Skye ~ A Court of Binge Reading
**Thank you to NetGalley and to Simon and Schuster for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review**

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
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
Kelly Hager
I absolutely loved this book. 

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
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has a lot going for it-great character development, well-defined plot, interesting scenarios, and superb writing. Ali was abandoned as a child by her father and she was left with his dad’s prized possession-a classic car that might be worth a lot of money. The only thing is, she can’t drive stick shift so her ex-boyfriend agrees to go with her to sell it to an interested buyer a few hundred miles away.

Lots of adult crossover appeal. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Thanks to the publisher
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

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
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Real rating: 3.5 stars! It was a bit slow going at first but I ended up liking it!
**Review originally posted on My Fangirl Chronicles**

My Rating: 4

I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Initial Thoughts:

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
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How well do you get along with your ex?

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
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
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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
Arrow Jameson
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5/5 OR 10/10 STARS


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
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
Ashley Urquhart
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I felt like I learned a few things after reading Ali and Nico's story. Especially the ending when Ali finally lets go of her anger and finally admits the truth about life, and it only took a road trip with her ex while trying to trade things on Craiglist at the same time! The road trip as a whole was very amusing and I enjoyed all kinds of adventures they went on and the people they met along the way.

It was a little annoying how she always seemed to keep coming back to how she hated Jackson and
I always forget how much I like Jessica Brody's books until I read another one. And this one ticked a lot of my favorite story tropes--road trip, enemies (sort of)-to friends-to lovers (ish), quirky experiences with quirky, random strangers.
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
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
I received an advance reading copy of this book in order to write a review. I have read the majority of Jessica Brody books and each and every one of them has been amazing. The geography of lost things is no different. In the geography of lost things we meet Ali and Nico. These two main characters are ex's but when Nico finds out that Ali is planning to drive her recently deceased father's car in order to sell it to a guy on Craigslist he decides to join her on the road trip. During this road tr ...more
Emily Anne
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, that was sublime. The Geography of Lost Things was such the right read for me! I have read a few Jessica Brody books before but this is by far my new favorite. I'm so glad I signed up for this blog tour and I can't wait to read what Brody writes next.

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
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: healthy-romance
Okay, so long review coming.
*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.

Final Thoughts
*The first half: cute, adorable, great plot and characte
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Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.

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