This book looks really cute. The blurb makes it sound really cute. The first maybe two chapters are cute, but after that....watch out. It all goes nuts.
Lost and Found revolves around three people who have all "lost"someone. 7 year old, Millie Bird, Karl the touch-typist (87), and Agatha Pantha (82). Karl and Agatha are both old and lost their spouses. Whereas, Millie is young and innocent, her Dad just died and her Mum ran off. A kind of fate brings these three people, who have nothing else left, together. And they embark on a ridiculous journey to find Millie's Mum.
I would firstly like to straight up warn people to not buy this book. Sorry Brooke Davis, but don't do it. I was eyeing it off at Dymocks where it was $28, which I just couldn't justify. It was $20 at Target, but I managed to find it at a second hand bookshop for $6. But I know that if I'd given in and bought it at full price, I would be really mad at myself. There is no way in Hades this book is worth 28 dollars.
I was thoroughly disappointed by all the weird, almost comical characters and the different ways they dealt with loss. I related to Millie the most, but even she got too outlandish for me towards the halfway point of the book. I don't think I'm being clear enough with my caution; they steal a mannequin from a store and carry it around everywhere on their journeys and call him Manny and everyone is convinced it's some sort of sex toy and then he loses a leg and gets set on fire and it almost felt like they cared more about this mannequin than they did eachother, or their deceased loved ones.
"I was hoping that I'd enjoy this, and it was certainly quirky and a little different, but in the end, nothing in the book was really believable enough to allow me to engage with it properly. The storyline is pretty hard to take seriously, the writing is frequently twee and sentimental, and almost all of the characters and their actions are unconvincing to an extent that is quite bizarre at times. I can only assume that Brooke Davis has led a very sheltered life, and never actually had any lengthy interactions with the sort of ordinary people that work on trains, drive buses, are old, or get drunk and then walk through cemeteries. This book wasn't entirely terrible, and I almost enjoyed it, but at the same time, I worry slightly about my state of mind when I see that this book is so well-received and people seem to really relate to it. Oh well.."
This was what a guy on goodreads said about it. He took the words right out of my mouth.
There were a few good moments, but they were not enough....