Review: I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

Review: I Have Lost My Way by Gayle FormanTitle: I Have Lost My Way
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
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three-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

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 draws these three strangers together, their secrets start to unravel as they begin to understand that the way out of their own loss might just lie in help­ing the others out of theirs.

An emotionally cathartic story of losing love, finding love, and discovering the person you are meant to be, I Have Lost My Way is best­selling author Gayle Forman at her finest.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review

I have been a fan of Gayle Forman for a while now, and I have been dying to read I Have Lost My Way since it was first announced. The story focuses on three characters who meet because of an accident, and I enjoyed each of them. However, the plot is hard to believe, and I had a hard time getting into it. Compared to Forman’s other booksI Have Lost My Way just doesn’t compare.

This book tells the story of three individuals who all connect because of an accident. Each character has lost something, and they each start to cope as the story progresses. I enjoyed how each of the characters has lost a different thing, yet they are still able to come together because of their grief. While I did enjoy the story, I found the pacing to be a bit slow for my liking. Each time the perspective changes, the chapters just seem to drag on, and I would have liked a little more action. This is a very impactful story, but I was expecting a little more from Gayle Forman.

The characters in I Have Lost My Way are so diverse. Harun is Muslim and is afraid to come out to his family. Freya is half Ethiopian, and her father left her. Nathaniel has depression, but I don’t want to say too much about his storyline since it is the most mysterious. Of all the characters, I enjoyed Freya’s the most. She is an internet famous singer who posts videos with her sister, but once she is given the opportunity to record an album, she loses her ability to sing. I really enjoyed the three different perspectives and the flashbacks throughout the book, and this effectively develops each character.

One of my main issues with this book was the plot. Most of the events seem way too convenient to be believable, and it takes away from the emotional impact. This could be the case because the story is so short, but honestly, I found it hard to be immersed in the book when the plot is so unlikely. On top of this, I was not a fan of the ending. It is pretty ambiguous, and I personally prefer when everything is all wrapped up. The storyline is interesting, I just feel like it could have been executed in a more believable manner.

I Have Lost My Way is an emotional story about loss and newfound friends. Each of the characters are diverse and likeable. However, the plot of the book is too convenient for me, and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was anticipating.

About Gayle Forman

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Award-winning author and journalist Gayle Forman has written several bestselling novels for young adults, including the Just One Series, I Was Here, Where She Went and the #1 New York Times bestseller If I Stay, which has been translated into more than 40 languages and in 2014 was adapted into a major motion picture.

Gayle published Leave Me, her first novel starring adults in 2016 and her latest novel, I Have Lost My Way, comes out in March of 2018.

Gayle lives with her husband and daughters in Brooklyn.

15 thoughts on “Review: I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

  1. Mary @StackingM BookShelves! says:

    Sorry this wasn’t as good as you hoped it to be. I just got this one myself from NetGalley and I am hoping I do like it. We shall see. I don’t like when I can’t get into the characters or the plot is too unbelievable that annoys me. I want it to feel like it can happen unless it’s a fairy tale they all bets are off. Great review.

    Mary
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