I Have Lost My Way

I Have Lost My Way

A powerful display of empathy and friendship from the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of If I Stay. Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from home to find the boy that he loves, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City after a family tragedy leaves him isolated on the outskirts of Washington st...

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Title:I Have Lost My Way
Author:Gayle Forman
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Edition Language:English

I Have Lost My Way Reviews

  • C.G. Drews

    I actually had NO idea what this new Forman book was about, but I really love

    (I sniffled a bit ok, I do have feelings apparently) and this one had that same emotional ruuuuin. So that was GREAT. However there are a few things that make me a bit uncomfortable about it?? But we'll get to that.

    Also sHOUT OUT to the UK/AUS cover because it absolutely resembles my headphones when I put them in my pocket for two seconds.

    I actually had NO idea what this new Forman book was about, but I really love

    (I sniffled a bit ok, I do have feelings apparently) and this one had that same emotional ruuuuin. So that was GREAT. However there are a few things that make me a bit uncomfortable about it?? But we'll get to that.

    Also sHOUT OUT to the UK/AUS cover because it absolutely resembles my headphones when I put them in my pocket for two seconds.

    Which is a trope I both love and hate haha. I love it because it's short and powerful and the way I got so attached to these characters after just seeing their "day" is such good writing?! But I always feel eeeehhh at these stories because: THE ROMANCE. I mean, how even do you fall in love in a day. At least no one was pledging their lives to each other so. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It was more like a very very intense crush/beginning (and it is cute I do ship it, just...lowkey.)

    The style was interesting because they have their backstory backflashes in 1st person, but the actual present-day part of the book is in 3rd. (3RD PRESENT BTW WHICH IS MY FAVOURITE AHH HEART EYES.)

    My only negative lol lol is that Harun's narrative didn't seem to really fit? He had a great story with a full arc and everything...but you could've cut him out and it wouldn't have affected the plot. WHOOPS.

    She's a raising-star singer who suddenly can't sing. We're never sure if it's nerves or a medical condition, but just one day she couldn't sing anymore. She feels SO lost and like as soon as she's fired from her singing deal, she'll never be loved. She's also biracial/Ethiopian.

    He's from a strict Muslim family and he's gay but super deeply closeted. He breaks his boyfriend's heart but all he wants is to get him back.

    He is a very smol sad cinnamon son (WHOM I LOVED THE MOST) who's very depressed after his home-life falls apart and so lonely. And so soft™ and sweet and will eat anything you put in front of him bless him.

    Considering Freya's on her phone lamenting the loss of her career and she trips and falls off a low bridge and knocks out Nathaniel. He is super concussed. Pukes on her shoes. Harun is nearby and offers to help because he recognises Frey's fammmmous and thinks hanging out with her might get his boyfriend back.

    The end up spending the day together and FACING ALL THEIR DEVASTATION AND TEAR-FILLED PASTS.

    I was really absolutely caught up in the story, the voice, the writing super fast and I'd been in a bit of a ready slump but I didn't want to put this one down?! The themes of loneliness and loss and love where just poured so heartfeltly (shh that is now a word) onto every page.

    For starters...just Harun's story was (a) really disjointed to the others, and (b) like he's a queer brown Muslim m/m tragic story line (not death or anything but still) and I just??? I feel uncomfortable with this knowing it ain't #ownvoices and how basically Islam only gets negative portrayals in books. BUT. I have no idea of the backstory of why the author wrote it, so I won't judge. But yeeeah.

    . And sometimes it'd switch POVs (with line breaks tho) like after ONE SENTENCE. Surely we don't need to know what everyone's thinking in the same second?!

    It felt more NA at least?! The characters are at least 19 if not a bit older.

    It's a short punch of grief and moving on and loss and of finding yourself and finding others to help you cling on. I also liked that it wasn't all "oh love cures everything" but rather "hey look people can grab your hand and hold onto you when you're drowning" and that's a really important and beautiful message THAT'S HEART TO HIT YOU IN THE FEELS. ❤️💔Also the ending is SO open and I think I really love it for that.

  • Emily May

    I'm writing this review immediately after finishing because I am on such an emotional high right now. I thought this was such a beautiful, sad, sweet book.

    To be honest, I requested an arc of

    only because I've liked some books by

    in the past. But that was it. The blurb hadn't particu

    I'm writing this review immediately after finishing because I am on such an emotional high right now. I thought this was such a beautiful, sad, sweet book.

    To be honest, I requested an arc of

    only because I've liked some books by

    in the past. But that was it. The blurb hadn't particularly grabbed my interest and I was thinking I could just put it aside if it didn't work for me. Instead,

    .

    There's one big thing I didn't like and I'll get to that in a second. But first I'd like to talk about all the emotions this intricate character study made me feel. You can tell instantly that the book is written by an experienced author who knows how to craft a perfect scene and convey emotions through showing rather than telling. Forman uses an extremely compelling build-up to frame the strange and fateful meeting between three very different teens - Freya, Harun and Nathaniel - in NYC's Central Park.

    The story takes place over the course of one day, but is broken up with flashbacks that paint in the backgrounds of the three characters. Each has, as the title suggests, lost their way, and the author explores how maybe, with the help of one another, they can get back on the right path. It is a novel told in quiet intimate details, and in moments between characters. Hope and uplifting sentiments battle it out with pain and loss, making for a bittersweet mix.

    Three very interesting stories are woven together here.

    Freya is an "almost famous" teen singer who - for reasons unknown - has lost her voice. She is the product of an Ethiopian father and a white Jewish mother, and we soon see how her relationship with her father has affected her life, goals and, especially, the relationship between her and her sister, Sabrina. I adored the complexity of their relationship and discovering what happened between them.

    Harun is gay and Muslim, struggling to come out to his parents. His refusal to do so has led to his boyfriend, James (described as dark-skinned) breaking up with him. I was shipping these two so hard and it broke my heart again and again when obstacles tore them apart. There was also some interesting discussion of race and Islam in Harun's chapters, specifically being Muslim in post-9/11 New York City.

    At first, I wondered if Nathaniel would be noticeably less interesting than the other two characters, but as his story is gradually revealed I realised that wasn't true at all. His background carries the most mystery and we are left to ponder what has left him with only one eye, hungry and out-of-sorts in New York City. The story of his strange childlike father, who always needed to be taken care of, is fascinating and sad. As is his father's insistence on it just being the two of them, like Frodo and Sam.

    The one thing I didn't like was the one-day romance that developed. There's so much more to this book that I was able to overlook it, but it was completely unnecessary. It's not instalove, exactly, but their meeting is so overwritten and purple that one would be forgiven for calling it that.

    But, you know, I just don't care that much. I thought this book was great. It was difficult to pull myself away from the characters' lives and return to reality.

    is not easy or neat, but that's okay;

    . And I really appreciated the realistically diverse portrait of New York City.

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  • Dannii Elle

    About three years ago I discovered the online book community. I devoured every popular YA author I had missed in my absence and Gayle Forman was one of them. I had, before this point, read largely thrillers and classics and had little-to-no knowledge of the young adult genre, beyond the names of Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth. I delved into this unknown realm of literature and sampled from all genres and authors without discrimination. Or, so I thought. But the discrimination was that each of

    About three years ago I discovered the online book community. I devoured every popular YA author I had missed in my absence and Gayle Forman was one of them. I had, before this point, read largely thrillers and classics and had little-to-no knowledge of the young adult genre, beyond the names of Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth. I delved into this unknown realm of literature and sampled from all genres and authors without discrimination. Or, so I thought. But the discrimination was that each of these authors and books were all ridiculously hyped. I read every 'it book' I had missed out on and, looking back, seemed to form an affinity with most of them. Now this could be because every one of these books was wholly deserving of its hype, but I believe it was more of a case of me initially struggling to understand what books best suited my reading tastes, in this unknown genre, and becoming swept up in the enthusiastic adoration of much of what I discovered. Not to say I ever lied about loving a book I secretly hated, but that when some books worked less well for me I managed to preserver and find the positives using what others adored about it as a guide, rather than forming my entire, own opinions, first of all.

    Looking back on past reviews I sometimes find it hard to trust my own opinions. I don't alter them as they are still reflective of who I was when I read them. Now, however, with a more solid knowledge of what works for me in a broader range of literature, I'm not sure all of my five-star rated reads would still appeal to me. Gayle Forman was one such author that fit into this category.

    I rated her novel,

    , five stars and waxed lyrical about my love for the deep emotional impact it had on me. Looking back, I'm not entirely sure if I would feel the same way about her writing, now. So, when I was given the chance to read her most recent release I was excited to find out.

    I Have Lost my Way follows three lost souls battling the New York metropolis and their own crises of identity. A chance meeting sees their three worlds collide and proves that being lost with someone else is far less terrifying that wandering the unknown alone.

    This novel was, for the most part, an intricate character study and I really appreciated how diverse the representation was. The three individuals chosen were dealing with disparate inflictions and came from opposing cultures, upbringings, and religions. For a relatively short read, this still managed to fully confront each of their immediate personal issues whilst also discoursing on the topics of mental illness, the detrimental effects of social media on teens, racial identity, familial troubles, authority and trust, gender stereotypes, racism, homophobia and so much more. This did not isolate the three individual's trial, but invited the reader to understand where they stemmed from and how easily it is for similar scenarios to play out, in the wider world.

    The thrice-split perspective conveyed three individual characters and Forman did a terrific job of consistently separating their identities. I felt I understood each of them, with my empathy enlarging as their backstories were slowly and simultaneously revealed to the reader and the other two other points in this three-sided friendship. Flashbacks padded the story-line but also heightened my affinity with all three.

    This begun as an enjoyable contemporary story but enlarged into so much more. Whilst I initially enjoyed this for the interesting story-line it was, it was the latter half that secured my love. And it was the emotional depth of the narrative that honed it.

    Despite discoursing on some heavily dark topics, this is a novel that left me with some measure of hope. It was a bitter-sweet feeling as there was so much left to discover about these characters, but I also appreciated how Forman gave less to ultimately deliver more. The potential that this novel closed on cemented my feelings and alleviated my prior sorrow and tinged it with faith. So, the roundabout answer to my initial query, over whether I can still enjoy this author, is a resounding and absolute yes!

  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)

    I really liked this, the characters were so deep and wonderful, and there's some great representation too!

    The one thing is, that I wish it was a little longer. It didn't quite seem resolved at the end, everything just felt way too open for my liking. Maybe just an extra 20-30 pages at the end, or an epilogue haha

  • MELISSA *Mel Reader*

    4 Stars!

    (ARC provided by Penguin Random House)

    Freya is a 19 yr. old singer who is living in New York, and recording her debut album. She’s on the verge of being famous when she suddenly loses her singing voice. Her life goes from constantly working in the studio to endless doctor appointments. She was on her way to becoming a star, and now she wonders if the world will still love her if she can’t sing anymore. She feels like she’s lost her way, like the person she was no longer exists.

    Harun wa

    4 Stars!

    (ARC provided by Penguin Random House)

    Freya is a 19 yr. old singer who is living in New York, and recording her debut album. She’s on the verge of being famous when she suddenly loses her singing voice. Her life goes from constantly working in the studio to endless doctor appointments. She was on her way to becoming a star, and now she wonders if the world will still love her if she can’t sing anymore. She feels like she’s lost her way, like the person she was no longer exists.

    Harun was raised in a loving close family, but one that has strict beliefs & high expectations. He feels like a coward, and like he’s living a lie. He feels alone, and is planning to run away.

    Nathaniel used to love his life, but now it’s hard to remember the person he used to be. He feels like nobody see’s him. Most days he feels invisible, like he hardly exists. He thinks he’s unlovable. He’s lost everything, and as a result lost himself.

    Nathaniel arrives in NYC and while in Central Park has an accident that causes him to cross paths with Freya and Harun. Circumstances have them spending the entire day together helping each other & getting to know one another. All three focus on each other instead of themselves. They give each other courage, and help each other to heal. Through their friendship they each begin to feel alive and believe in possibilities again.

    This was a unique story about three strangers told from three different POV’s. As the story is told we go into their pasts and get their secrets and back stories. This book was full of different cultures, and is about love, loss, life, death, relationships, family, romance, but most of all friendship and human kindness. Putting your own problems aside to care for another. They give each other strength. Three very diverse people have lost their way. They all fear being alone, but all get a sense of peace from helping each other.

  • Berit☀️✨

    This was a book filled with amazing characters....Freya meets Nathaniel after falling off a bridge and landing on top of him...Harun is a witness to the fall and so the friendship between the three of them begins... I realize this seems like an unlikely way to meet, but it really worked in this book....

    Freya is an emerging singer who has lost her voice....Harun is gay and more than just a little afraid to come out to his parents.... Nathaniel is just a lost boy who wi

    This was a book filled with amazing characters....Freya meets Nathaniel after falling off a bridge and landing on top of him...Harun is a witness to the fall and so the friendship between the three of them begins... I realize this seems like an unlikely way to meet, but it really worked in this book....

    Freya is an emerging singer who has lost her voice....Harun is gay and more than just a little afraid to come out to his parents.... Nathaniel is just a lost boy who will break your heart.... I really was drawn to each of these characters, I found them all so raw and real.... I also found the bond and friendship they formed in such a short time quite realistic... given the circumstances and the fact that they all really needed one another....

    The only problem I had with this book was it was very short.... it was almost like a tease... you are given these amazing characters, who are very well-developed, and then that was it.... I just felt as though there was so much to be discussed and so much room for growth, and yet we didn’t get to see that part.... however I do have to say I do like how one of the situations was resolved, it was very sweet.... and on the audiobook you get an additional treat of singing💕

    Strongly recommend to fans of books with some pretty darn amazing characters!

  • Elyse Walters

    I marvel at Gayle Forman’s clear-eye and heartbreaking complex depiction of the fierce, flawed, lovable people at this novel’s heart. ....

    This novel takes place in one day. These marvelous character’s tell their stories- each painfully struggling alone.

    The stories then get stitched together...a reminder that we are all connected.

    The late teen years can be daunting.

    Hallelujah for authors like Gayle Forman writing books like this!!!!

  • Lola

    Better than

    and

    , but not quite as wonderful and memorable as

    and its companion novel.

    Gayle Forman does not write to impress. Her writing style is simple, though effective and even lyrical at times. But I can share with you a list of at least fifty other authors whose wr

    Better than

    and

    , but not quite as wonderful and memorable as

    and its companion novel.

    Gayle Forman does not write to impress. Her writing style is simple, though effective and even lyrical at times. But I can share with you a list of at least fifty other authors whose writing styles are more impressive.

    However, this is not why I am always happy to get my hands on her novels. A book that has only its writing style going for itself, while everything else is dull, will very rarely make my list of favourites.

    The reason why I keep on reading this author, although she disappointed me in the past, is because her stories have heart.

    was boring, it’s true, but it was atmospheric regardless and explored important topics.

    is the story of three separate characters who each deal with their own problems. Freya is a singer who cannot sing, Harun is gay but afraid to come out to his religious parents, and Nathaniel must relearn to live and let go.

    I recently read a book that was also narrated from three points of view—

    —and that one did not work for me because there was never a strong connection between the three protagonists.

    In this case, there is. The connection is sudden, so perhaps not entirely realistic, but it did ring true to my ears, possibly because I knew from the start that all three teenagers were good people that were hurting and needed someone to be there for them.

    It is a pleasant read. Not surprising, a little short, and frankly quite corny at times, but I’m proud of Ms. Forman for finally writing a book with diverse characters. Yay!

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  • Maggie

    Gayle Forman is quite famously well-known for her

    duology and while I have been the reader that watches the movie, I have not read the book nor its sequel. I seem to realize now that I've been missing out on her work, actually. Although 3 stars do not represent I loved the book, I think there were only

    Gayle Forman is quite famously well-known for her

    duology and while I have been the reader that watches the movie, I have not read the book nor its sequel. I seem to realize now that I've been missing out on her work, actually. Although 3 stars do not represent I loved the book, I think there were only a few problems but yet they were major in the book so it's like it threw the whole aspect of the book itself. With that being said, Forman truly wrote an inspiring and eye-opening book, having her readers open their eyes and realize that life is so much more than what it offers.

    In

    , we follow 3 characters--Harun, Nathaniel and Freya--who have all seemed to lost their way. While Freya has lost her voice during a recording for her album, Harun is running away from his house to find the boy he loves, and Nahaniel is roaming the NYC streets without knowing where he's going because his family tragedy left him lost. When the three unexpectedly meet after an accident, they begin opening up to each other and learning more about what each other brings to the other.

    I think the biggest problem I had with this was how there was actually a romantic relationship aside. Although it was not the most viewed thing in the novel, I felt like it was unnecessary. Coming from a contemporary romance fan, I was enjoying this and what it was displaying--the love of strangers bonding and becoming the friends they never thought they needed. It was obvious it was gonna happen because there were these small gestures and hints Forman was throwing here and there in the beginning when Nathaniel and Freya met, and since Harun is gay and was looking for his ex-boyfriend, it was obviously going to be between Nathaniel and Freya. Aside from that, the book was sweet and sad, but it was leaning more towards the side of sweetly heartbreaking.

    My favorite was definitely Harun. He was the heartbreaking character and the character I felt the most sympathy for. He's a Muslim and he's gay and he's fully closeted, not thinking of telling his family because of the fear he knows they will have. As the book was closing and coming to an end, I wish he had a better ending. Personally, I thought he deserved better, not because of what happened with James but because of what he went through

    In the end, I was quite glad for the trouble that was caused between these three at his house, not gonna lie. I feel like it was just what Harun needed, someone else to say it. I felt like he needed the support Freya and Nathaniel gave him and the advice, but obviously he had his mouth shut and couldn't open it and say the words, so I was quite glad it was figured out another way even though it wasn't the best.

    Nathaniel and Freya, apart from their relationship, were also characters that can make you feel emotions and sad feelings. Freya is struggling with the absence of her father who is Etiophian, which is why she is biracial, and trying to understand the fact that her mother and her manager are basically controlling her musical career, she might get fired, and her sister just so happens to be engaged. I truly felt bad for her and for what was happening to her. I wasn't a fan of her sister, Sabrina, even though her role in this is very accurately understandable for an older sister. Freya had put too much confidence into thinking her father would return but you can't blame her. He was the one who showed her, who taught her about music and what it means to him and what it now means to her.

    Nathaniel, on the other hand, had an arc that was slowly developing into a sudden upsetting one. I didn't know about his story or his side of the story, but it obviously was not a happy one. He was isolated and wasn't able to accept the fact either. He was lost in his thoughts and his surroundings. It was quite Forman made his perspective the most confusing, which made sense because Gayle showed us but didn't tell us, which made us the readers experience it for ourselves. I think that's why I really enjoyed his perspective--because it's a story showed and not told so we find out little by little more about him and what happened to him.

    It's kind of hard to review this more. It's quite a short book, fast-paced, and it changes in perspectives, from the third person to the first person. I wasn't a fan of it at first but then I realized how the book was ending quickly and didn't realize it didn't bother me much anymore. In the end, I was actually appreciating it more because we got to see the thoughts of the characters, the actions, and their flashbacks that led to their present situation. Although unnecessary, Forman wrote some chapters with one line only or a couple of sentences.

    I'm another one of those readers that didn't read Gayle Forman's books as a teen, but I seem to realize now that I've been missing not a lot but . . . quite some.

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