Lost & Found
written by Brooke Davis
published by Dutton – Penguin Random House
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: Lost & Found captured my attention the moment I read the synopsis. It’s a quirky story that I honestly found endearing. The characters are written with a great deal of heart and you could feel their vulnerability as well as their happiness as they go on their adventure. There were a lot of times where I’d pause to take in a certain scene and savor the moment. Davis has a way of making the chapters fly by, and her writing style makes the book a pleasure to read.
The only con I found was the ending. There were some parts that simply weren’t needed, and if she had left them out, I think that would have been better. Otherwise, this book was a journey I’m glad I took.
“Everyone knows everything about being born, and no one knows anything about being dead.”
“Maybe when you let out your last breath, you let out everything, your memories and thoughts and things you wished you’d said and you wished you didn’t say and the pictures in your head of hot coffee steam and the last look on your dad’s face and the feeling of mud between your fingers and the wind when you run down a hill and the color of everything, ever.”
Would I recommend it: If you are looking for something different that feels like it could be made into an independent film, then absolutely.
About the book – from Goodreads:
Millie Bird is a seven-year-old girl who always wears red wellington boots to match her red, curly hair. But one day, Millie’s mum leaves her alone beneath the Ginormous Women’s underwear rack in a department store, and doesn’t come back.
Agatha Pantha is an eighty-two-year-old woman who hasn’t left her home since her husband died. Instead, she fills the silence by yelling at passers-by, watching loud static on TV, and maintaining a strict daily schedule. Until the day Agatha spies a little girl across the street.
Karl the Touch Typist is eighty-seven years old and once typed love letters with his fingers on to his wife’s skin. He sits in a nursing home, knowing that somehow he must find a way for life to begin again. In a moment of clarity and joy, he escapes.
Together, Millie, Agatha and Karl set out to find Millie’s mum. Along the way, they will discover that the young can be wise, that old age is not the same as death, and that breaking the rules once in a while might just be the key to a happy life.