Book: I Have Lost My Way
Author: Gayle Forman
My Rating: 4 stars
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on March 27, 2018
Genre: fiction, YA, contemporary, and novel
Plot: Freya, a singer, has lost her voice. Nathaniel, a son, has lost his father. Harun, a man, has lost his first true love.
On the day Nathaniel arrives in New York City with a desperate plan, Harun is planning to run from his problems by continuing to hide from them and Freya is broken, ready to give up everything she has dreamed of for so long. But on this very day, an unlikely accident brings the three of them together. In just a matter of hours, their friendship blooms into exactly what each of them needs.
Helping each other is the best way for each of them to solve their own problems.
About two years ago, I read If I Stay, a book also written by Gayle Forman. And I remember liking it, quite a bit (I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads, but I never wrote a formal review) I borrowed the movie from my mother-in-law and everything. However, instead of going all-in with the author, she fell off my radar. Which is sad, because I’ve heard a lot of good things about her other books (and the only one I did read is actually a series. Don’t ask me why I didn’t finish it, I can’t remember).
Gayle Forman has exploded, I can’t count the number of book reviews I’ve read that stem from her books. And they’re all good. It’s impressive. So, in addition to knowing that she’s a good author, I picked this one up because it had a ton of hype surrounding it. I figured why not. I am very glad that I grabbed it, it has a lot to offer its readers.
What I Liked:
- The characters. Switching perspectives is always a bit tricky, but Forman did it seamlessly. Switching back and forth between characters was easy and there were few enough “extra” characters that it wasn’t difficult to remember who was who.
- The story. This is a really amazing tale for people of all ages. More specifically, this really speaks to me as a “millennial” in an uncertain world. There are so many times and people my age (15-25, really) that reading a story like this is just what you need to get through a time when you feel lost. 100% relatable.
- The fast pace. Forman’s stories (keep in mind I’ve only read two) move really fast. This entire, glorious, 250-page story happens in just one day. So, yeah, you could say it moves quickly. I really love that about Forman’s writing, it’s quick and easy.
What I Didn’t Like:
- The simplicity. I can’t say I completely don’t like this because I do think it’s important and it makes the story more relatable for a wider age group. However, this story is simple. It has few characters, it moves fast, and there just isn’t a ton of depth. Makes for a fast story, but it kind of left me wanting more.
- How fast the character’s relationships moved. This may seem contradictory, but it’s what I think. It’s fun to read a story that moves this fast and where everything happens in a single day, but everything happens in a single day. So when you step back and think about the complex relationships that formed in a few hours, it’s a little confusing.
I gave this book 4 stars because Gayle Forman is an amazing writer and she brings you into someone else’s life with her storytelling. This story is powerful, bringing together three unlikely characters and tying their lives together through the one thing they all have in common. Being lost. This story moves really fast and you fall in love with the characters (and their struggles) quickly.
I would recommend this book to people that liked The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Simon vs. The Homo Sapien’s Agenda, and Papertowns. There is a lot going on in this book, from finding friends to help you through the tough times to figuring out who you are, this book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing that you’re not alone (plus the ending is just that kind of sweet).
Have you read this book? What did you think? Would you rate it the same as me? Higher, lower? Why? If you haven’t read it yet, is it on your TBR?
I would love to hear from you! Until next time.