I Have Lost My Way is the new YA novel from Gayle Forman following Where She Went. While it is an easy and poignant read it is both heartwarming and bittersweet. A hopeful story about the power of friendship and how you can overcome loneliness.
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.
AND I THOUGHT…
That I wanted to like it but didn’t really. I really enjoyed Gayle Forman’s other works but perhaps I was expecting something a little different with this one.
I enjoyed the different backgrounds but I was a little put off that Freya was famous. It seemed to open a few more doors to connect the relationships that would have fallen flat otherwise. It was a little bit of a stretch though understandable to connect the characters.
Each character comes from circumstances that have caused them to feel lonely – they have experienced loss. I did like the idea of the content so it was nice to read a book on this topic. The characters come to an understanding that helping someone else out of loss can help with their own feelings. While hard for the characters to explain exactly why it hurts so much having the different points of view helped with this.
I Have Lost My Way covers the course of one day. It is more of a novel about character and shows three individual points of view. Unfortunately it may be hard to get through if you didn’t like one of the characters but provides diversity for the story. The ending is left open however the story covers one snapshot of these three friends – just one day which is quite nice. Though I’m not sure I could solve my life changing problem in one day? Meh.