I Have Lost My Way

I Have Lost My Way

A powerful story 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 everyone he has ever loved, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City with a backpack, a desperate plan, and nothing left to lose. When a fateful accident dr...

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Title:I Have Lost My Way
Author:Gayle Forman
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I Have Lost My Way Reviews

  • Gemma F

    Devoured this book in 7 hours.

    All I can say is that I HAVE LOST MY WAY is a stunningly beautiful and poetic piece of literature filled with characters who will stay with you in a profound manner.

    I loved the representations of POCs and the cultures were fantastically done. There is never a boring moment in this story and you get to see from the POVs of the three main characters.

    This was so effective in bringing out the back stories of each of Freya, Nathaniel and Harun’s lives and how they got

    Devoured this book in 7 hours.

    All I can say is that I HAVE LOST MY WAY is a stunningly beautiful and poetic piece of literature filled with characters who will stay with you in a profound manner.

    I loved the representations of POCs and the cultures were fantastically done. There is never a boring moment in this story and you get to see from the POVs of the three main characters.

    This was so effective in bringing out the back stories of each of Freya, Nathaniel and Harun’s lives and how they got to where they are in the present day.

    I HAVE LOST MY WAY also explores themes in the LGBT community and the familial ties of each of the characters. Furthermore, there were scenes regarding the music industry which really opened my eyes into the world of music and show business- and how they work in that aspect.

    In all, Gayle Forman has written a beautiful book with important themes of friendship, love loss and everything in-between.

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    Thank you to Penguin Random House for the ARC!

  • Marion Dodson

    I loved this book. I loved the characters, the raw emotions, the different cultures....As a huge Gayle Forman fan I am also thrilled when she has a new book and this was worth the wait. Read this amazing book!!

  • Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)

    Gayle Forman is one of my very favourite contemporary YA writers so a new release from her is always cause for much excitement! It’s been three years since her last YA book and it’s safe to say that I Have Lost My Way was everything I wanted it to be, filling up the Gayle Forman shaped hole in my life.

    I Have Lost My Way follows three teenagers who literally crash into each other’s lives when they each need a friend the most. We have Freya, an online singing sensation who is tipped to be the next

    Gayle Forman is one of my very favourite contemporary YA writers so a new release from her is always cause for much excitement! It’s been three years since her last YA book and it’s safe to say that I Have Lost My Way was everything I wanted it to be, filling up the Gayle Forman shaped hole in my life.

    I Have Lost My Way follows three teenagers who literally crash into each other’s lives when they each need a friend the most. We have Freya, an online singing sensation who is tipped to be the next big star, Harun the perfect Muslim son who is about to leave his home in search of a wife and Nathaniel who is visiting New York City for the very first time. Each character has recently lost something vital and is questioning their place in the world and how to move forward. As the three of them develop a friendship they help each other confront the things that they have lost and find the courage to carve a new future for themselves.

    This book reminded me a lot of Just One Day, my favourite of Gayle Forman’s books. It takes place over 24 hours in New York City but instead of a romantic relationship this time Forman explores the impact that friendship can have on our lives and how just one person’s actions can change everything.

    I Have Lost My Way doesn’t give up all its secrets at once. As you get to hear from each character in the present you know that something pivotal has happened in their pasts that has led them to where they are today. Of course, in true Gayle Forman style, as you learn about each character’s story your heart breaks for them and you want nothing more than for each character to find some hope and the strength to move forward. Although I loved all three characters so much my favourite was Nathaniel, his story was the one that moved me to tears.

    Overall, I Have Lost My Way is another triumph for Gayle Forman. This book features a wealth of much needed representation on topics such as child carers, mental illness, suicide and coming out, to name just a few, and is handled in a compassionate manner that felt carefully researched. This short but powerful book packs an emotional punch and is one that I’d highly recommend to anybody who likes poignant writing on hard hitting topics.

  • - ̗̀kippen ̖́-  (uponthepages)

    - Hardcover

    - 304 pages

    - Published on March 27th, 2018

    - Viking Books for Young Readers

    my rating: ★★★★/★★★★★ (4.5 stars)

    p.s. there's a lot of great representation in here!

    - lgbt+ muslim pov

    - mixed pov mc

    - sc pov with depression?

    “They may be complete strangers, with different lives and different problems, but there in that examination room, they are measu

    - Hardcover

    - 304 pages

    - Published on March 27th, 2018

    - Viking Books for Young Readers

    my rating: ★★★★½/★★★★★ (4.5 stars)

    p.s. there's a lot of great representation in here!

    - lgbt+ muslim pov

    - mixed pov mc

    - sc pov with depression?

    “They may be complete strangers, with different lives and different problems, but there in that examination room, they are measuring sadness the same way. They are measuring it with loss.”

    by Gayle Forman follows three POVs: Freya, Harun, and Nathaniel. Freya is our main character who’s lost her voice while recording her debut album in order to build from her internet fame. Nathaniel is struggling personally and has just arrived in New York City with only a backpack and a map. Harun, a New Yorker, struggling with his identity and coming out to his family. Whenever one of them ends up literally falling on the other and one of them is a bystander, they become close in a span of a day and help each other understand the loss they’re all facing and how to cope with it.

    Gayle Forman is well-known, rightfully so, for

    and it’s sequel. I was first introduced to her writing whenever I read If I Stay and nothing about it was memorable to me. I felt different about her writing while reading this book. It was incredibly detailed but the writing was beautiful. When writing about such heavy topics like she covers in this book, it’s perfect that she was able to side it with such a smooth and elegant writing style.

    I definitely have to say this book is perfect for binge reading. If you have a night where you can just get cozy in bed and read a book, you should pick this one. It’s short and it takes place across one single day but it’s never boring. Each character is so interesting and uniquely different that there wasn’t really a POV that I preferred. Somehow, the reader gets an in-depth background into each character so you actually end up knowing them by the middle of the book which is astounding for it’s pace. I actually did read this all in one sitting and I ended up staying up until like 2am in order to finish it. I’ve read a few books that take place throughout a day but this one was fantastically done.

    There was a lot going on within this book but it wasn’t too much. There was Freya’s POV and her music career, her relationship with her sister and her father. There was Harun’s POV with dealing with his sexuality, his boyfriend, and his family. Then there was Nathaniel’s point of view dealing with his concussion, his relationship with his father and his future. Alongside all of that, we get their relationship and their stories together. It felt like the perfect drama but it was also so thought-provoking and heartwarming. The ending was

    beautifully done and this honestly feels like some of Gayle Forman’s best work.

    : I had one problem that I noticed very early on within this book that didn’t really affect my reading experience but I did realize it early on and was kind of worried. It’s definitely something someone else might bring to attention due to how important #ownvoices is now in the Young Adult genre. I believe it’s okay to write a character different from you as long as you’re not writing their struggles. For example, a straight man can’t write a book about a lesbian struggling to come out. In

    , Feyre comes from a partially Ethiopian family and it’s very prevalent in the book due to her dad’s position. But, personally, I feel like her character and family dynamic seemed very well researched, appropriate, and respected. As for Harun, I feel like Gayle Forman walked the line. While it’s very clear she did research and is knowledgeable about Islam (from my understanding), I was uncomfortable reading her write about his struggles being a gay Muslim in a very religious family because it isn’t truly authentic. Here’s a few of the lines that I consider “walking the line” when it comes to writing the struggles of a POC character.

    “His older brother Saif started middle school on the day 9/11 happened, and after that he began calling himself steve and refusing to attend mosque.”

    But she doesn’t expand on this or use it as a plot point which is why I don’t think this book is bad. Continuing on, while talking about himself, Harun says:

    “And anyway, it’s not like any American carrier would be eager to hire a pilot named Harun Siddiqui.”

    which makes me refer back to why I believe a POC should write about their struggles before anyone else should. It just seems wrong and unnecessary???

    Like I mentioned before, I feel like Gayle Forman did this in the best way that she possibly could. Harun's character was actually the most fleshed out within the book and every scene with his family was great. This is just a personal preference of mine. Other than that, this is by far my favorite book by her.

  • Sarah

    Thanks to Penguin Young Readers and NetGalley for this eARC.

    In her Acknowledgements, Gayle Forman calls books "empathy-delivery devices," and this book certainly fits this description. It tells the stories of Freya, Harun and Nathaniel, three 19-year-olds (or so), who have all somehow lost their way but found each other in New York for a day. We see their time together and flashbacks to their lives before they magically became a trio. We get a window into the life and struggle of this diverse g

    Thanks to Penguin Young Readers and NetGalley for this eARC.

    In her Acknowledgements, Gayle Forman calls books "empathy-delivery devices," and this book certainly fits this description. It tells the stories of Freya, Harun and Nathaniel, three 19-year-olds (or so), who have all somehow lost their way but found each other in New York for a day. We see their time together and flashbacks to their lives before they magically became a trio. We get a window into the life and struggle of this diverse group and see how much the connection they forge means to them.

    My favorite Gayle Forman books are

    and

    , and this book has that compressed time frame in common with those books. It also has the same reliance on magical coincidence and her specific brand of love at first sight (in this book is is friend and romantic love). With other authors, this might really annoy me, but she somehow makes it work. Even though we get one day of these three being together, they really do click and become loving, supportive friends who help dig each other out of varying holes. If you liked

    and

    , I think this book will hit that same spot for you. It just might remind you to be more empathetic, as it did for me.

  • Trista

    This was a pretty short, quick read but it was one I found myself getting absorbed in right away. The concept of strangers' lives intersecting at the right moment is one I usually enjoy and this was no different. I liked the three characters and the way they interacted with each other, even after only just meeting. There was a bond that formed between them, they connected, recognized something in each other that made them protective of each other. The book was set in both the past and the presen

    This was a pretty short, quick read but it was one I found myself getting absorbed in right away. The concept of strangers' lives intersecting at the right moment is one I usually enjoy and this was no different. I liked the three characters and the way they interacted with each other, even after only just meeting. There was a bond that formed between them, they connected, recognized something in each other that made them protective of each other. The book was set in both the past and the present, seeing how each character got to where they were and how they were coping, or not, now.

    There was Freya, an up and coming singer who lost her voice right before she was poised to break out; Harun, recovering from a break-up and about to leave the country; and Nathaniel, arriving in New York with just a backpack and a plan. All three had very distinctive voices so I found it easy to tell them apart, both in the present and the past. They were also all so different, people who might not have been friends if they'd all gone to the same school, but one fateful meeting in the park connected them. Like the title said, each of them had lost their way somehow and were in that park searching for a sign.

    The plot moved along pretty quickly. It was set mostly within the same day in the present timeline with flashes into the past for each character. The past showed the good times and how everything started to fall apart for each of them. The present was a chance for them to begin to heal and find themselves again, or find a new path. It was pretty character dependent so if a reader didn't like any of the characters, it might be a hard read to get through but I liked them all.

    It was definitely an easy book to get through in one night but also one that had a lot of depth in its pages. It's been a while since Gayle Forman's last YA book but this was worth the wait.

    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Brooke

    REVIEW

    I’ve been a fan of Gayle Forman’s for years, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to read her latest book, I Have Lost My Way. Told between three alternating viewpoints, a single day changes the lives of three unlikely friends.

    Freya (the musician searching for her voice), Harun (the dutiful son struggling to be honest with those he loves), and Nathaniel (the young man who is lost in so many ways) are all looking for something, and they find community and hope in the relationships t

    REVIEW

    I’ve been a fan of Gayle Forman’s for years, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to read her latest book, I Have Lost My Way. Told between three alternating viewpoints, a single day changes the lives of three unlikely friends.

    Freya (the musician searching for her voice), Harun (the dutiful son struggling to be honest with those he loves), and Nathaniel (the young man who is lost in so many ways) are all looking for something, and they find community and hope in the relationships that they are able to form with each other in one fateful day.

    Foreman extends her narrative reach in this book successfully - investing the reader in three diverse, but connected character arcs. This one should go on the TBR shelf for fans of her work. It is released on March 27, 2018.

    PRAISE

    "In Forman’s wonderfully deft hands, this story of friendship, love, loss and redemption becomes so much more. I Have Lost My Way is a beautifully written love song to every young person who has ever moved through fear and found themselves on the other side."-Jacqueline Woodson, author of the National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming

    "The beloved author returns to the genre that made her famous."-Cosmopolitan

    "Heartwrenching... If you are ready to be emotionally wrecked yet again, you are in luck."-Hypable

    AUTHOR

    Gayle Forman is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of If I Stay, Where She Went, Just One Day, Just One Year, I Was Here, and Leave Me. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.

    Many thanks to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Zohal

    A big thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book.

    I thought this was a different book to what Gayle Forman usually writes. It follows three, distinct individuals and how their lives intertwine. It follows their past and present.

    Whilst, I enjoyed the flashbacks, I did not like the snippets of the present. There were moments where the writing was wonderful. There were also moments where the dialogue brimmed with pretentiousness that I thought I was reading a John Green novel. I

    A big thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book.

    I thought this was a different book to what Gayle Forman usually writes. It follows three, distinct individuals and how their lives intertwine. It follows their past and present.

    Whilst, I enjoyed the flashbacks, I did not like the snippets of the present. There were moments where the writing was wonderful. There were also moments where the dialogue brimmed with pretentiousness that I thought I was reading a John Green novel. I thought the insights about fate did not fit the overall tone of the book. They felt forced and kept pulling me out of the story.

    My main issue was that I could not connect with any of the main characters, therefore, I felt like an observer for most of the novel.

    Overall, if you are a fan of stories about fates intertwining then you will probably like this book. I felt pretty neutral about it. The memorable moments for me were the flashbacks and reading about how distinct the voices of each of the three characters were.

  • Jamie

    Feels slight, though it packs a punch. I like a book that gets in and out but this could have used some rounding out and filling in. I'm glad I read it.

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