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Author: Brody, Jessica
Publisher: Simon Pulse/ Simon & Schuster
Year Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781481499217
Grades: Grades 7 to 12

The Geography of Lost Things

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Popular young adult novelist Jessica Brody explores family, love and loss in an emotional and physical road trip along the picturesque Pacific Northwest coastline by Ali and her ex-boyfriend Nico. What starts out as a mission to sell the 1968 Firebird convertible, left to her at her father’s passing, to prevent the repossession of her childhood home, turns into an insightful journey that teaches Ali about her absentee father and the impact he has made on her life, revealing his love for her. When she doesn’t get the hefty sum of money she requires from the sale of her car on CraigList, Nico suggests an alternative way to make money, trading worthless objects up in value, and although Ali first rejects the crazy idea, she reluctantly agrees, meeting amazing people and unusual objects along the route. Flashbacks about her father and her break-up with Nico show her conflicted feelings as she reflects on the relationships. As Ali untangles her past to make room for her future, she and Nico learn to forgive and trust each other with the big secrets in their lives that are eventually shared with the reader. Mature young adult female readers will relate to this compelling coming- of-age story of second-hand romance and realistic family relationships.

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