This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life "in BooksHave you ever lost your way I have I don t mean those times when I needed to stop and "BooksHave you ever lost your way I have I don t mean those times when I needed to stop and for directions when I was trying to find a location although I have certainly been that ind of lost I am referring to the ind of lost where your life has hit a point and you can t think of what to do next Those times that you have no idea where you can even go from where you are I have lost my way More than once I am happy to say that each time I have been lost I have been able to eventually find a new direction to goI have very little in common with the characters in this book but I was still able to relate to them I understood Harun s need to please his family and his fear of losing their love if he shows them who he really is I also understood Freya s fear of losing the one thing that is such an important part of her identity I understood Nathaniel s need to not be a bother to anyone while living his life under the radar because it s all good anyway I haven t been in the situations that Freya Harun and Nathaniel find themselves in during this story but I found each of their characters very easy to like and I really wanted to see them find what they needed in lifeI really did enjoy reading this book This is the first of Gayle Forman s books that I have had the chance to read so I wasn t really sure what to expect when I started I have to tell you that I loved her writing style I sat down to read just a chapter of this book because I had things around the house and the next thing I it was 200 pages later I was drawn in by the words and the images that they painted of these I really liked that the story was hopeful These three characters are all at a low point in their lives and meet through a chance encounter It turns out that meeting each other is exactly what they needed I enjoyed watching them come alive and reach out to each other Their bond developed very uickly but it felt completely authentic I new that they would be able to find their way togetherI would recommend this book to others This is a pretty uick read that packs a punch I wanted to now exactly what brought them to the point where they know exactly what brought them to the point where they lost and cheered them as they started to connect with each other I can t wait to read of this talented author s work in the future I received an advance reader edition of this book from Viking Books for Young Readers via Bookish FirstInitial Though. A powerful display of empathy and friendship from the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of If I StayAround 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. ,
TsThis was the first book by Gayle Forman that I have read I really enjoyed her style of writing and found myself not wanting to set this book aside The characters were great and I loved seeing their bond grow I really enjoyed this story 4 StarsARC provided by Penguin Random House Freya is a 19 yr old singer who is living in New provided by Penguin Random House Freya is "a 19 yr old singer who is living in New and recording her debut album She s on the verge " 19 yr old singer who is living in New and recording her debut album She s on the verge 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 any 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 exp I marvel at Gayle Forman s clear eye and heartbreaking complex depiction of the fierce flawed lovable people at this novel s heartThis novel takes place in one day These marvelous character s tell their stories each painfully struggling alone The stories then get stitched togethera reminder that we are all connected The late teen years can be daunting Hallelujah for authors like Gayle Forman writing books like this 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 in loss 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 bookTo be honest I reuested an arc of I Have Lost My Way only because I ve liked some books by Gayle Forman 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 I was completely captivatedThere 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 nows 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 ParkThe story takes place over the course of one day but is broken up with flashbacks that paint in the backgrounds of the three cha. 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 ,
Racters 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 uiet intimate details and in moments between characters Hope and uplifting sentiments battle it out with pain and loss making for a bittersweet mixThree 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 "and a white Jewish mother and we soon see how 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 themHarun is gay and Muslim struggling to come out to his parents His refusal to do so has led to his boyfriend james described has led to his boyfriend James described 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 911 New York CityAt 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 Was this how Frodo felt when Gollum finally fell into Mount Doom destroying the ring relieving him once and for all of the beautiful terrible burden The one thing I didn t like was the one day romance that developed There s so much 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 thatBut you Delivering Your Mail: A Book About Mail Carriers (Community Workers) 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 I Have Lost My Way is not easy or neat but that s okay it s a stronger book for being messy and complex And I really appreciated the realistically diverse portrait of New York CityBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube. Ay back to who they're supposed to beTold 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 tonow and lov.