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 state. After the three of them collide in Central Park, they slowly reveal the parts of their past that they haven’t been able to confront, and together, they find their way back to who they’re supposed to be.
Told over the course of a single day from three different perspectives, Gayle Forman’s newest novel about the power of friendship and being true to who you are is filled with the elegant prose that her fans have come to know and love.
About the 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.
This was my first Gayle Forman book to read! Shocking I Know. I’m not sure how I’ve gone so long without reading her work. I Have Lost My Way was such a beautifully written, sad yet hopeful story.
The book was from three point of views- Freya, Harun and Nathaniel. I honestly connected most with Nathaniel’s story. I really felt for him and what he went through as a child. The history of each character was revealed as the book progressed and it was so powerful. You start seeing everything clearer with each page. Forman put so much heart into each of these character’s stories.
All the characters are diverse and Forman did, I think, a really good job. I loved seeing each character’s take on things and their internal struggles. I do think Nathaniel was the easiest for me to relate to since he suffers from depression and I do as well. I loved being able to see the world out of the other character’s view points. Freya, who had lost her ability to sing, felt that was the only thing making her worthy- Harun was Muslim and trying to figure out how to come out to his family. The relationships these three develop over the course of the story was so beautiful and inspiring. They each lifted each other up and brought out the best.
This was a very quick read (I read it in one sitting) but to me it ended a tiny bit abruptly- I wanted to read more about the character’s stories. Some huge things happen towards the end and you don’t get a clear picture of what each character will do next. I did like that the way it left off allowed for me to muse about what might happen next and dream for the character’s futures. Just like life- there was no nicely wrapped up conclusion.
This book was a perfect quick read that was full of heart. It was very emotional (suicide had a large part in the story) but also so hopeful. It isn’t the type of book that makes you feel poorly when you finish- it made me feel hopeful and think about my relationships. I will definitely be reading more books by Forman.
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