The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody

GoodReads Summary:
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.
The Geography of Lost ThingsReview:
This book has been on my TBR for what feels like a million years. I’m glad I finally picked it up because I enjoyed it so much. I also got to read this while relaxing outside in the sunshine and it was the perfect mood.
We follow Ali and Nico as they’re stuck in a car together. Ali’s absentee father has died and left her his car. So, she’s going to sell it to save her house. She’s stuck with her ex, Nico because she doesn’t drive stick.
This book was so sweet and just genuinely funny. They learn about themselves and open up to one another, but they also have fun. Nico teaches her how to ‘trade up’ on Craigslist and that was definitely my favorite part of the story. They meet some really interesting people.
I loved that Ali learned so much about herself and managed to vulnerable enough to let these realizations change her perspective. I totally loved their adventures. Nico and Ali were so cute and I adored them. I thought it was wonderfully written and I just loved it. They both grew and opened up and managed to have fun despite the not so good situation they’re in. I think this is a definitely underhyped book and everyone should read it.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

24Hour Read-A-Thon Review – The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Summary:
Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.
She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.
But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve, thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her. And his name is Xander.
When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure-filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes because Ryn can’t get her brilliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.
Ryn can’t move on.
But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.
As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us-and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.
Review:
I’m so happy I saved this for my 24-hour Christmas read-a-thon! I flew through this st0ry, finishing it in just a few hours. I loved it. This was a beautifully written story about a girl figuring out how to deal with the loss of her best friend. I think this story really resonated with me because I have experienced the loss of close friends.

“Grief isn’t an active emotion. It’s not something you do. It’s something that happens to you. It’s 100 percent passive. It’s a tornado that rips your house from the ground, right off its foundation, twisting it around and around, before dropping it haphazardly back down to the earth.” 

I absolutely loved our main character, Ryn. She knew she probably wasn’t handling her grief the right way, the best way, but grief and loss aren’t always logical. She did her best to pick herself up and get through each day. She knew she had issues and knew that she wasn’t ready to work through them. The things she was feeling were real and relatable and things I have felt when I was dealing with similar loss. Though I’ve never felt the survivors guilt that she’s dealing with, she was a character I really got behind. I think she grew so much through her experiences in The Chaos of Standing Still.

“But as scientists, you also need to know when to let go and accept the fact that sometimes there are no answers.”

I also loved Xander. He was perfect for pushing Ryn out of her comfort zone a little bit at a time until she was doing things she didn’t know she wanted to do. He did this all while dealing with his own issues. I liked that the two figured out how to help one another while also helping themselves. I also loved that all of this happened in one night. Stuck overnight, snowed in at an airport, this was the perfect setting for the hijinks and craziness these two found themselves and got themselves into.

“Grief changes the way you see things forever. Becasue it changes you forever.”

I really enjoyed everything about this book. I was entertained and laughing out loud often. There were thought-provoking parts, full of insight on loss and grief. I thought this was an incredible story with excellent characters, character development, and the perfect setting. I loved all of the side characters that added just that much more to the story. They tell a story of the effects of meeting the right people at the right time can have. I wish I could start this over from the beginning and read it again.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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