ARC Review: The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno

Book Blurb

A charming and imaginative new novel about getting lost before you can be found.

Frannie and Louis met in an online support group when they were both younger. They have never met face-to-face. They don’t even know each other’s real names. All they know is that they both have a mysterious tendency to lose things. Well, not lose them, exactly. Things just seem to…disappear.

They each receive news in the mail that sets them off on a road trip to Austin, Texas, looking for answers—and each other. Along the way, each one begins to find, as if by magic, important things the other has lost. And by the time they finally meet in person, they realize that the things you lose might be things you weren’t meant to have at all, and that you never know what you might find if you just take a chance.

The Lost & Found is a bighearted novel about connections (missed and found), family (the kind you’re born with and the kind you make for yourself), and unexpected journeys (on the road, and of the heart), from an author who Publishers Weekly called “a fierce new presence.”

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

When Frances was younger her father stabbed her with a pen.  He went to jail and is now out of her life.  Her mother ended up moving to Florida leaving Frances with her grandparents.  At least that is what she thought.  It turns out her mother never moved to Florida.  She has been in a hospital.  Her grandparents lied to her and her life is now not what she thought.  She is a bit lost and doesn’t trust anyone.
Louis lives in California and has guilt about what happened to his sister Willa.  Her accident when they were children left her without legs.  Louis has trouble adjusting to what happened.  He also loses things or rather they just disappear.  He doesn’t know what happens, they are just gone.
Frances and Louis met on a group therapy website as children and have chatted ever since.  They have never met but fate has decided they needed to be in Texas.  Frances is searching for her father and Louis needs to decide if he wants to go away to school.  It is time they meet and the lost become found.
This book was odd to me.  I didn’t care for the vibe that I felt as I read it.  The characters came across as stilted and formal.  I had a difficult time bonding with them to really get into the story.  It almost felt like I was a stranger watching instead of part of the group.
The storyline was interesting.  I like the premise of the story.  It was sad how Frances lost her mother and how she found out.  Her family came across as odd and almost unbelievable, almost alien or pod-like.

I liked the adventures that both Louis and Frances embarked on.  Louis went to tour the college and Frances was in search of the truth.  I was surprised how things ended.  When they left Austin I was ready to agree with the end of their adventures but not their relationship.  The surprise in store for Frances was not what I expected.  The sudden reappearance of lost items was also a bit shocking, especially when they were finding the other’s lost items.  There was definitely a hidden message for the reader but I couldn’t get passed the overall feeling from the characters to really get into the book.  It was just an ok story for me.  I give it a 3 out of 5.

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