ABOUT THE BOOK
The Geography of Lost Things
by Jessica Brody
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: October 2, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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 all her father’s unfulfilled promises. So when she finds a buyer three hundred miles up the Pacific coast willing to pay enough money for the car to save her childhood home, Ali can’t wait to get going. Except Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift. But guess who does?
Ali’s ex-boyfriend, Nico. And Nico has other plans.
He persuades Ali that instead of selling the car, they should “trade up” the items they collect on their trip to eventually reach the monetary amount Ali needs. Agreeing with Nico’s crazy plan, Ali sets off on a unique adventure that is unlike anything she ever could have expected.
And it’s through Ali’s travels, through the strangers she meets and the things that they value—and why they value them—that Ali eventually comes to understand her father and how his life may not have been as easy and carefree as she previously thought. Because just like the seemingly insignificant objects Ali collects, not everything is exactly as it appears.
“Good old protective Nico. Everyone’s favorite Boy Scout. Won’t even let me stand on the side of the road by myself after I’ve broken up with him. Too bad the one part of me that did end up needing protecting was left wide open. “I’ll be fine.”
“It feels like those memories are just hanging between us. Giant elephants in the truck that take up all the space, that leave no room for us. For what we are now.”
“I haven’t sat inside this car since I was twelve years old. Since I still believed in the magic of time. That it can change people. That it can bring people home. That it can make people stay.”
“I think you’ve been on this road trip because you’re trying to find something. I think you’re looking for a reason to forgive your father.”
About the Author
Jessica Brody is the author of more than 15 books for teens, tweens, and adults including Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, A Week of Mondays, Boys of Summer, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, and the three books in the sci-fi Unremembered trilogy. She’s also the author of the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel original movie, Descendants. Her books have been translated and published in over 23 countries and Unremembered and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father are currently in development as major motion pictures. She lives with her husband and four dogs and splits her time between California and Colorado.
Review of The Geography of Lost Things
Review (4.5 Stars): This was a great book about finding something that you already thought you lost. For Ali, she feels as though she is going to lose everything in her life. Her mom is just about to lose their home to foreclosure and she just broke up with her boyfriend, Nico, about a month ago. Her father, Jackson, had been in and out of her life as long as she can remember until she receives notice that he passed away, leaving her his beautiful mint condition 1968 Firebird. Running out of time, Ali decides to sell the car to save her home and she must drive the car five hours away to collect the money. Except the only person that can help her drive a stick shift just happens to be her ex-boyfriend, Nico. Now Ali’s past and future come crashing together on this journey and she comes to understand her father more than she ever expected.
I really enjoyed The Geography of Lost Things because I connected with Ali in a lot of ways. Sometimes you lose “things” that you think are extremely important to you and you are able to find peace and forgiveness in the process of grieving. I think Ali was a great character because she had to go through this process with all its emotional upheavals and at the end, she was able to grow as a person because of it.
I won’t tell you what happens because like Ali, you have to go on this journey with her too. This was a great story and I couldn’t imagine anything better from Ms. Brody. I’m looking forward to reading her next book in the future.