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
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
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
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
This one got my attention because it involves a road trip which I love! It ended up being a cute story about two exes learning to forgive and trust each other with the big secrets in their lives. I really enjoyed reading this one and hopefully I can find something similar that peeks my interest soon!
So I'm a sucker for a roadtrip story. Especially when it's kind of a hate-to-love roadtrip story. And I really loved the idea of trading up to try and earn the money Ali needed. But at the same time, I didn't think the reason that she broke up with Nico was that big a deal and was more a case of USE YOUR FREAKING WORDS than anything.
I liked how much this dealt with grief and with the complexity of Ali's g ...more
I enjoyed this, it pulled at my heart strings and I flew through the last half, it was fun and had some really nice moments... but, it just didn't blow me away
What I liked:
I enjoyed the writing
It was cute
It wrenched my heart in a few places
Nico was lovely
Ali's character development
What I didn't like so much:
The thing that happened on the night they broke up was not that big of a deal IMHO
The sub plot which becomes the main plot the ...more
When I requested this on Netgalley I thought it was Adult Contemporary Fiction and when I started reading and realized it was YA, I braced myself for a slobbery romance overload, but it never raised its ugly head. Anyone who knows me knows I am allergic to romance, and even though this story does have it, it is not over the top in either amount or content. The author gets HUGE accolades from me for this.
There are a lot of heavy themes in this book: absentee parentism, addic ...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
This book has a little bit of everything, and that’s a big part of its appeal. It has:
- a delightful (slow burn) ex to more romance
- a poignant storyline about the grieving process
- a good message
- relatable main characters and hilarious secondary characters
- an interesting road trip storyline
- a lot of character growth
This is my 4th Jessica Brody book, and I would say this is my favorite of hers. It’s a nice blend of funny and serious, happy and sad. I had a few small complaints (one ...more
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 lose their home, and loathe to move, Ali determines this c ...more
full review to come soon. might change my ...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
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
this book . . . i went into this expecting a cute, summer YA romance with a hint of drama and sadness. ya know, the usual. BUT i didn't expect for this to hit me with so much emotions that i'm actually contemplating life as i'm writing this.
ali's estranged dad just died, and he leaves her his beloved firebird. she plans to sell this on craigslist so that she and her mom get to keep their house. problem is, the buyer is hours away and she can't drive a stick shift. so her ...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
A waiter approaches and stares disapprovingly down at the table. “Haven’t you had enough?”
“Another round,” Nico spits, sounding very un-Nico.
“That’s it,” the waiter says, gathering up the empty plates. “I’m cutting you off.”
“You can’t cut me off. It’s unlimited pasta and breadsticks. Now bring me more.”