The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody Book-Talk
Title: The Geography of Lost Things
Author: Jessica Brody
Page Count: 464
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Published: October 2, 2018
Ali Collins, a teen girl in high school, lives alone with her mother. As she prepares to plan for college, news of the potential foreclosure of their home, the home Ali has lived in for her whole childhood, shakes up her life. She receives news that her father has passed away and left her his beloved 1968 Firebird convertible. Not interested in keeping it, Ali creates a listing online to sell it to earn money to hopefully save her home. She gets an offer, but it is 300 miles away and she cannot drive a stick shift. The only person she knows who can drive the vehicle for her is her ex-boyfriend, Nico.
The Geography of Lost Things is a fun road trip story. If you have followed the TikTok series of the woman who traded a paper clip up to a house, this is the book for you. In the midst of their road trip, Nico starts trading up from Ali’s hair elastic. This storyline added a lot of adventure to what could have been an awkward trip between exes. The book is very lighthearted and relatable, particularly if you are around the main character’s ages. I first read this book shortly after graduating high school and it made me wish I had taken a road trip with my friends during the summer. There are a lot of lessons organically integrated into the story such as the importance of communication and forgiveness. The writing style was beautiful and the pacing was perfect.
I would highly recommend this book to anybody in high school or older.