Penguin Random House sent me a copy of Lost & Found by Brooke Davis to review and just as I assumed, I could not put it down. With unforgettable characters and unwavering wit, Lost & Found had me feeling all the same wonderful sensations as The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and A Man Called Ove. Filled with love, death, and about a million relatable quotes, Millie Bird (a seven-year-old in search of her mother after she left her in a department store), Agatha Pantha (an eighty-two-year-old obsessed with aging, her strict schedule, and staying indoors at all times), and Karl the Typist (a romantic eighty-seven-year-old trying desperately to prove himself a useful man) take the reader on the adventure of a lifetime.
It seems strange to want to find yourself. Wouldn’t you want to find someone else? Aren’t you the one thing you can be sure of? (139)
Lost & Found is essentially about losing yourself in order to find yourself — a concept that all three main characters have trouble with. It’s about being open to change, to living, and to dying. It’s about seeing what life and death are like through the eyes of a child, as well as, through the eyes of a man and woman who have seemingly seen it all. It’s about lasts, it’s about firsts, and it is a blissfully beautiful read.
Maybe when you let out your last breath, you let out everything, your memories and thoughts and things you wished you’d said and the things you wish you didn’t say and the pictures in your of head of hot coffee stream 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. (150)