Lost & Found
written by Brooke Davis
published by Dutton, 2016
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I LOVED it. Chrissy kept asking me when I was going to finish it and I had to keep telling her–this book is too good to read quickly! I’ll also argue it’s too sad to read quickly, especially if you’re mourning a recent loss or dealing with elderly family members.
The writing is compelling, the characters are quirky and loveable, and the story is, well, just about the best thing I’ve read in the last decade.
Lost & Found is heartbreakingly lovely and just the right amount of funny.
“The start date and the end date are always the important bits on the gravestones, written in big letters. The dash in between is always so small you can barely see it. Surely the dash should be big and bright and amazing, or not, depending on how you had lived.”
“All I know for sure is that no one knows what’s goin’ on at the bottom of the sea, or in our brains, or when we die. That’s okay, I reckon. Gives us something to think about when we’re driving busses or whatever.”
“In heaven, you hang out with God and Jimi Hendrix, and you get to eat doughnuts whenever you want. In hell, you have to, uh . . . do the Macarena. Forever. To that ‘Grease Megamix.’
‘Where do you go if you’re good and bad?’
‘What? I don’t know. IKEA?”
Would I recommend it: Yes, but be wary if you’ve just lost someone or are about to . . . there’s a whole lot of sad in this book.
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.