I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

I Have Lost My Way

Gayle Forman

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.

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The New York Times bestseller from the author of If I Stay
“Heartwrenching…If you are ready to be emotionally wrecked yet again, you are in luck.” – Hypable
A fateful accident draws three strangers together over the course of a single day:
Freya who has lost her voice while recording her debut album.
Harun who is making plans to run away from everyone he has ever loved.
Nathaniel who has just arrived in New York City with a backpack, a desperate plan, and nothing left to lose.
As the day progresses, their secrets start to unravel and 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.
“A beautifully written love song to every young person who has ever moved through fear and found themselves on the other side.” – Jacqueline Woodson, bestselling author of Brown Girl Dreaming

Advance Galley Reviews

This was my first time reading a book b Gayle Forman and it was awesome!

Given the news headlines these days, I walk away with some philosophical messages from I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman. No matter how different we are from each other, more unites us than divides us. Emotions are universal as the young people in this book learn. Although the circumstances of each are completely different, they see reflected their own sadness and loneliness in each other. It is that recognition that says to them that no matter how bad things may seem, you are not alone. Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2018/06/i-have-lost-my-way.html Reviewed for Penguin First to Read program.

I love Gayle Forman's writing style! This book is a definite must-read! I highly recommend it to teens and adults alike! This book is well-written, diverse, emotional, and about discovering yourself! What more could any reader want? 5 stars!

I found it very interesting to see how the three main characters lived intersected, it was one of the most unique ways I’ve ever read about. The book was set up in a way that it jumped from each of the points of view of the three main characters. Normally I would find that very choppy, but the way it was written flowed seamlessly. I loved all of the pop culture references throughout the book, they made it very relatable. There was a lot of diversity throughout that really helped me learn a bit about other cultures. I enjoyed all of the different aspects of each culture that were shown. It showed how the family dynamics were extremely different for each of their cultures, and I found it very eye opening. I love how each tidbit of backstory for each character was thrown in so sporadically, but right when you need to know. Each of the characters have an air of loneliness, even though they are all in different places of their lives. I really enjoyed the whole book. It was very character based, which I love and they each seem to be defining their sadness is unique and meaningful ways. It’s so interesting to see completely different points of view and I will definitely be rereading this one again and again. It was such a moving book!

What happens when people literally fall into lives? Well in the case of Freya, Nathaniel, and Harun, it is life changing. Freya has lost her ability to sing. Harun has lost his love. Nathaniel has lost, well, everything. One day, Freya literally falls on Nathaniel. That one act sends the three on a path that will unite them forever. Almost too perfect of a story and ending, this book was still highly enjoyable and I think many people in the age range the book is targeted at will find it to be a good, quick read. 3 people with three different lives thrown together. What could go wrong? What could go right? If you've ever felt like you've lost your way, this book may be for you.

I started this book 3 times and never made it past the first five pages. Finally, on the fourth attempt, I forced myself to keep going. So glad I did! Ultimately, it was a wonderful story that touched my heart. I wasn't really interested in Freya's situation until it affected Harun and Nathaniel. The overall theme of human connectedness was so emotionally charged. It made me look at strangers in a whole new light.

This book was a poignant reflection on self and our relationships with those around us. Each character showed the struggle that humanity has to be vulnerable, honest and accept help. The beginning of the book is a bit slow but the story definitely picks up as the characters meet and interact after their initial background is set up. I very much enjoyed this novel and look forward to Gayle Forman's next release.

Gayle Forman has outdone herself. This book is even more intense, heart-breaking and beautiful than her previous novels. I was not ready for it to end. I wanted the story to go on and on. Read this book! What are you waiting for???

I didn't expect to like this book the way I do. It's beautifully written. I like the main 3 characters and their interactions and everything.

I'm not sure what I expected when I started this book but it surpassed anything I could have imagined. Each character's story was well written and their intertwined fates made for an emotional experience. I liked that it was told in three perspectives and that those perspectives could be voiced almost simultaneously.

This book was a solid read for me - once I was able to commit to the book I found myself unable to put it down. It touched on several topics that I found interesting and enjoyed seeing how this group of strangers was able to come together to support each other and find their right path. I have always loved Ms. Forman's writing and this is no exception. I would definitely recommend to others.

This was a wonderful book that brings three strangers together at a time in their life when they feel they have lost their way in life. Freya who has started a singing career only to have it come to a quick end because of losing her singing voice, Nathaniel who has watch everyone who has ever cared for him leave his life by death and Harun who is secretly gay feels he need to run away from his family because if they only knew his secret they would disown him. These three have lost their way in life but by their unexpected meeting and time spent together they learned that there are people out there to support them and help them. It was great to see how their friendships developed over the course of a day. Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman. I really enjoy reading this story and highly recommend it to everyone.

Gayle Forman has outdone herself with this story. Freya, Nathaniel, and Harun were vibrant, mesmerizing characters who kept me interested through the entire book...in one sitting might I add. This story is one that made me want to immediately flip back to the first page and start all over again right away. I am itching for a sequel already so I can find out the fates of my new favorite characters.

Freya, a young singer, lost her voice and went to different doctors to solve the problem. The problem tortures her, her mother and her manager. Looking her sister Instagram pictures with the engagement ring in her hand Freya finds herself in the park. Nathaniel with the map in his hands arrives in New York trying to live his father’s and his dream evoking the memories. Harun is in love. That is good and noble feeling, but for him it’s torture. All of those three characters have lost their way, the path in their life. And standing in one huge crossroad, they suppose to choose where and how they will continue. I have lost my enjoyable way book which makes me want reading more and more, stopping just to take a breath. The author wrote this book like a diary to Freya, Harun, and Nathaniel whose life path crosses in one moment of the loss they feel. Freya is the most likable character in the book. She is young, full of life. She is smart. Life brings her in front of a challenge she must make a move. “She wishes she’d read some of the responses before deleting that tweet. Maybe someone would’ve told her what to do. Maybe someone would’ve told her it didn’t matter if she could sing. They’d still love her. But she knows that’s bullshit. Love is conditional. Everything is.” Nathaniel is on edge, everything that matters to him is gone and nothing left to lose. “You’re doing okay, aren’t you? People used to ask Nathaniel that sometimes- the teammates practiced with, the girls who used to flutter around him, the coaches who thought he had promise. You’re doing okay? they asked. After Mom left. After Grandma Maty died. After he lost his eye. You’re all right, aren’t you?” Harun is different than Freya and Nathaniel but is not less special. He comes from different culture and has a different religion, but he is kind, normal person with real feelings. He is a dreamer. “Harun is coward is not for debate.” “Still, the best way to defang someone is to kill them with kindness.” I recommend this book to people who want well-written books about difficulties in the life and how could deal with them and sometimes a stranger could help better than someone close.

On the rare occasion when I read contemporary, Gayle Forman is my go-to author for the genre, and she hasn’t disappointed me yet. Her latest novel, I Have Lost My Way, is another page-turner, centered around three strangers who meet by what seems like chance. Thanks to her magical storytelling, though, Forman convinces you that these three characters were absolutely meant to find each other. I Have Lost My Way has a fairly simple premise that belies how deep the characters and the story are. I should say “stories,” because the book not only follows the development of the friendship between the three main characters—Freya, Harun, and Nathaniel—but it also explores their individual backstories. The book switches between third person omniscient and first person narration. Through the latter, we learn how the title applies to each character. Freya is an up-and-coming singer who mysteriously loses her voice in the middle of recording her debut album. Harun is nursing a broken heart but can’t tell anyone, especially his traditional parents, because no one knows he’s gay. Nathaniel’s character poses a bit of an enigma, but as the puzzle pieces fall into place, what emerges is a story that will shatter your heart. It’s been a while since a book captured my attention almost instantly and held it all the way to the last page. I devoted every spare second I had to reading this and was reluctant to put it down whenever real life called. Gayle Forman is so gifted at writing characters you feel compelled to read about and care about. I also loved her beautiful portrayal of the diversity that makes New York the greatest city in the world (in this native New Yorker’s not so humble opinion). If you enjoy exquisite storytelling with characters so authentic they could step right out of the pages, then this book is a must-read.

Easily put, Freya, Harun, and Nathanial have lost themselves and are struggling: Freya with her singing, Harun with his sexuality and his traditional family, and Nathanial with his mentally ill father. When they literally stumble upon each other, a friendship begins to form between the three that will help them, together, find their way. This book is less than 300 pages. I wouldn't have minded if it had gone on longer. I loved the characters. I loved seeing their struggles. I loved seeing them really see each other and figure out how they fit together.

I LOVED this story. I thought it was amazing and that it was wonderfully told. I loved all of the characters and felt connected to all of them - because who among us has not lost their way? Even if you are not a singer, are not gay, have not lost a parent - you can relate to each of these characters. Even if you feel like your life is totally under control and you have managed to make it make the most sense of anything - you can relate to each of these characters. It was a wonderful story about being lost, but finding your way with the people that you were always meant to have in your life - even though you have just met them. It was the story that I would want to have written if I could. It was wonderful.

This was definitely not my favorite Forman book. I had a lit of trouble getting into it and the tense changes was weird to me. But I was encouraged to keep going so I did and I'm happy I listened. And while I didn't love the book completely, I ended up loving the story of these three lost people. I was invested by the end and that I'm happy about. I may write a full review at a later date, but I will leave with this quote that I loved: “When a broken bone heals, it’s stronger than it was before the break,” she replies. “Same holds true for broken hearts.” (quote from the ARC so it may be different or not included in the final copy)

The story of three people and the crazy accident that brings them all together. This book was emotional and kept me engaged. I appreciated how in their own situation, they could find something to bring to others. I appreciated the opportunity to read this.

4.5 of 5 stars for I Have Lost My Way. Each of the characters--Freya, Harun, and Nathaniel--come to us lost in ways we do not completely understand. We know they are lost because they tell us they are. Through this day, the characters learn that there are more ways to find themselves--to be closer to whole--than the ways already scripted. I found the pacing of this book a bit slow, although it clearly worked.

I have loved all Forman's books and this one is no different. I really enjoyed the three different point of views and the pace of the book, in general, was unexpected. I recommend to anyone who likes her earlier work.

I love all of Gayle Forman's books. Truthfully, I didn't like this one quite as much as her others but that's probably only because I'm holding it to such a high standard. I enjoyed the multiple perspectives. Forman did an excellent job of quickly painting a picture of each character. I would recommend it.

Wow. This one had a lot in such a short book. It really packed an emotional punch.  We have three people, Freya, Harun and Nathaniel, who are all kind of reeling from something going on in their lives that come together because of a random little accident. It spurs them to spend the day together confronting and tackling things they need to do and opening up to each other. We slowly find out each of their stories throughout the day.  While I have never been in any of their exact positions I could so relate with that feeling of being a little lost and feeling like you have no one that understands or can help. I was so happy these three found each other and you could tell that none of them wanted to let the others go. They gave each other the confidence needed to deal with what they needed to. My least favorite storyline of the three was Freya's. I just didn't feel as connected to it until the end it circled back around to her family and less about her career. The other two were so much more emotional to me. I had tears!!!  Again this was a super quick read but really fit in a lot without feeling rushed or shorted of the story. While emotional and sad at times it was left with a very hopeful feeling for all three which was perfect.

A short and poignant read about loss and friendship, but not my favorite from Gayle Forman. I felt that it was too short, that it needed more elaboration and details. This read very similarly to her previous work "I Was Here" in that it deals with heavy topics, but more detail and more elaboration is desired at the end. I wanted to know what happened next, where Harun, Nathaniel, and Freya went after the events at the end, how their friendship changes. While I love Gayle Forman's work, this one felt rushed and like it needed a little more.

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman 4.5 stars I Have Lost My Way follows three young teenagers who have lost their way in the world and through a random freak accident all come together to rescue each other in one day. Freya is an up-and-coming popstar who has lost her voice and has been abandoned by her father who is back in Ethiopia and has a rocky and nonexistent relationship with her sister. Nathaniel is a boy who is in New York for darker reasons that simple tourism and has found himself completely alone in the world. Harun has just lost the love of his life—a young man—and feels shame about what his Muslim family will think when they find out. These three people are diverse in feature, background, and experience, but they are connected by their feeling of loss and uncertainty. They don’t know what their way is and this is the story of them coming together. I love Gayle Forman. She was one of the first young adult authors I read when I got into the genre and I absolutely adored her writing style. Her style is still the same. It shines in odd moments and I’ve never thought that Forman’s strength lies in plot, her strength lies in characters. The characters are so strong in this story that they are the plot. Essentially this is a nearly plotless novel, but it packs an emotional punch. The type of punch that I expect Forman to deliver, but I didn’t blubber like I baby like I usually do with her novels. I think it’s because I’m reading this at a time in my life when I’m not lost, but if I had read this as a teenager, I can promise that I would’ve been bawling and that this would have had a severe impact on my life. This story isn’t easy to get through and at times it can be very overwhelming, but it is worth it. Whimsical Writing Scale: 4.5 “When a broken bone heals, it’s stronger than it was before the break,” she replies. “Same holds true for broken hearts.” The characters are so, so beautiful. Freya has a deep strength and desire to be loved but feels like she is betrayed turn after turn. The only people who truly love her are her fans and she is about to lose those. She is biracial and has deep connections to her Ethiopian roots much to her mother’s dismay. She is very isolated. Nathaniel’s father was eccentric and had full custody of him. He experienced his grandmother dying of cancer and has a prosthetic eye after one of his father’s experiments goes horribly wrong. He has been alone without contact for two weeks. He has been isolated. Harun is from a Muslim family and has recently been broken up with by the man he loved. He is afraid to tell his family who he truly is and isolated himself from the Muslim faith. These characters are so fleshed out and I felt as though they were real people with real stories. Forman did a remarkable job. Character Scale: 5 Overall, I recommend this to fans of Gayle Forman’s previous works as well as readers who are looking for new adult that explores deeper themes outside of romance. There is romance in this novel, but it is not the forefront. The main theme here is finding yourself and that is a theme in many college students’ lives. An important novel for those within my age group, entering it, or leaving it. Highly recommended! Plotastic Scale: 4.25 Cover Thoughts: Honestly, I hate this cover. Thank you, First to Read and Penguin, for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Gayle Forman's "I Have Lost My Way" tells the story of three strangers. Each have hit a low point before they meet. Each helps the others fix their problems. It's definitely a nice and beautifully written story. 4 stars.

Gayle Forman tells the story of 3 different people who have all hit a low patch in their life. She makes each of them so vastly different and relatable. The writing from each point of view makes you sympathesize with each of the characters and their problems in some way. The three characters meet by chance and become a sort of family for each other. They help each other to accept their problems and overcome them in a not-so-obvious way. It was beautifully written and definitely worth the read.

I truly enjoyed how the author Gayle Forman wove a sentence over repeatedly including the title into the thought processes of each of the 3 protagonists. Each felt the emotions stated but for different reasons. But though the young Pakistani gay man, the Ethiopian wanna be pop sensation, and the all-American athlete come from different backgrounds, they meet in the middle with their pain, isolation and lonliness after a chance encounter in a New York City Park. Together in a single day, they find a way to express the need found within each other to say "see me". The Arc I was lent via First Reads had a very quick ending that didn't feel quite right, too abrupt. On the other hand, it was great that all issuess were not resolved in a single day leaving the reader to wonder how the problems would work out in the future. But there was hope for our protagonists.

Thank you Penguin and FirsttoRead for an opportunity to read this novel. Gayle Forman has always sparked my fancy with her books. It seems like she always writes from experience and knows first hand the troubles that her characters go through. This one is no exception. I absolutely thought that the three points of view were perfect. Each had their own things going on, but their connection gave more light to the story. In my opinion, it was handled excellently. Was it my favorite Gayle Forman, no, but it was still very likable, sad of course and definitely a page turner.

Sometimes a book comes into your life at the exact time that you are in need of it, and that’s exactly what I Have Lost My Way ended up being for me. I am currently going through something in my life that is incredibly difficult for me to handle, and I am struggling to regain a sense of normality and find my way back to wherever it is that I need to be. In a nutshell: I have lost my way. I was originally drawn to this book when I first heard about it due to the fact that it was penned by Gayle Forman. I have read all of her previous books, and while I didn’t love all of them, I have so far at least liked all of them. She writes about some incredibly deep topics, and I have definitely cried some tears over her books, specifically the If I Stay duology. (I’m still recovering from those books tbh.) Admittedly, despite the fact that I felt that I Have Lost My Way was a book that I needed to read, and I am glad that I read it, as it did impact me in some ways, it also didn’t quite pack the emotional punch that I was expecting, and I didn’t find it to be quite on par with some of Gayle’s previous books. Although I can’t pinpoint the exact reason, I just didn’t connect with the story or the characters as much as I had hoped to. But on the other hand, the overall theme of the story (aka losing one’s way) is something that I was able to connect to, and is the reason that I am glad that I read this book at this point in time. This book takes place over the course of one day, and tells the story of three very different and diverse characters, Freya (an up and coming singer who has lost her voice), Nathaniel (a boy haunted by his past), and Harun (a closeted muslim teen who is afraid of disappointing his deeply religious parents). True to the title of the book, each of the characters has lost their way, and are struggling to make sense of their pain and in need of someone to help them find hope in life again. Due to a chance meeting in Central Park in NYC, their stories become intertwined, and through their unlikely and sudden friendship with each other, they help each other to heal and feel alive again. Despite the fact that this story takes place over the course of a day, we are also given a glimpse into the backgrounds of each character, and because of this, we as readers are able to gain a better understanding of their struggles and how they came to be at the point that they are in their lives when they meet. This book was a haunting and moving story about life, loss, friendship, family, and finding your way back in a world that no longer makes sense the way it once did. Although I didn’t quite connect with this story as much as I had hoped to, I still found hope within the pages of this book and I feel that many others will too.

Sigh. I love Gayle Foreman. She just has a way of pulling you in and bringing the feels just right. This was no different, of course. Each of these characters are unique and going through completely different problems, yet they each find a comfort in the other. Freya's career is falling apart before it even starts, Harun's relationship is over and his parents don't know he's gay, and Nathaniel...he's just very lost. I love how each of these kids has their own thing, but they don't try to drop it on the other. Their problems come out slowly throughout the day as they get to know each other. We learn a little bit more about each one as the chapters unfold. Their relationships began awkwardly (when Freya falls on Nathaniel), but I love the way that they are there for each other in some really tough situations through the day. They go from being scared kids, to being fearless and to being great friends. The difference in narratives keeps it interesting and always leaves you guessing. Perfect work form Gayle, as usual.

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman. Wow, Just Wow, I loved the interwoven stories of the Harun, Freya, and Nathaniel. I really enjoyed the writing style and storytelling of this novel.

Freya is a 19 yr. old singer who is living in New York, and recording her debut album. She’s on the verge of 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 anymore. 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 expectations. He feels like a coward, and like he’s living a lie. He feels alone, and is planning to run away. Nathaniel used to love his life, but now it’s hard to remember the person he used to be. He feels like nobody see’s him. Most days he feels invisible, like he hardly exists. He thinks he’s unlovable. He’s lost everything, and as a result lost himself. Nathaniel arrives in NYC and while in Central Park has an accident that causes him to cross paths with Freya and Harun. Circumstances have them spending the entire day together helping each other & getting to know one another. All three focus on each other instead of themselves. They give each other courage, and help each other to heal. Through their friendship they each begin to feel alive and believe in possibilities again. This was a unique story about three strangers told from three different POV’s. As the story is told we go into their pasts and get their secrets and back stories. This book was full of different cultures, and is about love, loss, life, death, relationships, family, romance, but most of all friendship and human kindness. Putting your own problems aside to care for another. They give each other strength. Three very diverse people have lost their way. They all fear being alone, but all get a sense of peace from helping each other.

Forman is one of my favorite authors, and this book didn't disappoint. The character development was wonderful and had inclusive, unique, personalities. I think everyone can find some way to relate to at least one of them. I did feel like the ending was a bit rushed and didn't have as much resolution as I'd like, but that's really my only complaint. This is a strong, contemporary, thoughtful read!

This is an interesting young adult novel. All three main characters have lost something profound and connect on one day. I wanted more about Nathaniel. I connected with Freya but also wanted more about how her and Nathaniel connect. I enjoyed Harun’s story but did not love James. It was a quick read. I was very motivated to save Nathaniel and get a good resolution for Freya. I had a lot of frustration over the decisions that Harum made. I was also frustrated by Freya’s family dynamics. I did enjoy the way the novel was organized and the flow of the story. I adored the themes of loss and connection were compelling. Nathaniel definitely made this book for me and kept me turning the pages to find what happened.

This was the first book I have read by Gayle Forman although I am already a fan after watching If I Stay. This was an extremely quick read for me and loved the three characters and how fate brought them together when they needed someone the most. Gayle definitely has a way with feelings and I loved the compassion and emotion found within this book. I will definitely be reading all of her books now. Thanks for the ARC from First to Read.

I love Gayle Forman. I have read every novel that she has written. With each one, she just keeps getting better. This is the story of three young adults who meet by accident in Central Park and end up spending the day together through a series of events. All three of the teens, Freya, Nathanial and Harun have recently suffered a loss and are experiencing pain in different ways. Somehow they manage to come together and help each other. The path their day takes is emotionally charged and initially sad, but together as three, they are stronger and help heal each other without realizing it. Forman has managed to weave several current issues into her story including mental health, coming out to an ethnic family and the pressures of rising as an internet star. Beautiful, poetic, and brilliant teaching us about the importance of friendship, family, love, loss and looking to the future. I absolutely loved this book. Thank you so much to First To Read for the ARC and to NetGalley for the Sneak Peak!!

This novel is quite different to anything I have read before by this author. I really liked the diversity in this novel, and loved the short time frame of the book; the story plays out over a single day. The plot follows Freya (a singer), Harun (a student) and Nate (a tourist), and tells of how their paths intersect, beginning when Freya falls off a bridge and lands on Nate. Forman masterfully reveals the back story of the three main characters, slowly revealing their secrets, their hopes, and their fears, and threads her tale with coincidences, chance meetings and fate. It's a compelling novel (I found it very difficult to put it down); it will be loved by Gayle Forman's many fans.

It took a while to get into this story, but once I was invested, I was all in. The characters were each intriguing for very different reasons. I wanted to know more about Freya’s past, Nathaniel’s present, and Harun’s future. Slowly, over the course of the story all of these answers were given, but having the story set the way it was definitely increased the intrigue. Part of me found the instant bond between the three a bit unbelievable, but a) it’s fiction and b) in the uncertainty each are dealing with, it is understandable that they would cling to someone else. My only other complaint is that I just wanted *more*. These characters and their stories could have filled many more pages, and I would have inhaled them all. Between the diverse characters and the incredibly relatable feelings of establishing yourself as an individual adult apart from the forces that had directed your youth, I think this will be a fantastic book for a variety of readers. Thank you to Penguin First to Read for an eARC in exchange for my honest review.

This novel was a very good quick read. Freya, Harun and Nate were great characters. I love how all of their lives intersect in that one jaw-dropping moment. I loved the way all three of them are needing the others, but are too afraid to show it fearing rejection. It is a wonder how your life can change in an instant. It did leave me wanting a lot more, but that is true to Ms. Forman's style.

This was definitely different from the previous books I’ve read by this author but nonetheless a really great read. I enjoyed the different characters and how they story was told from each of their prospectives. Finished it in one day!

I connected to the characters right away. The diversity in this novel was awesome. It was an interesting way to meet each of the characters within the first chapter. I like how Forman decided to include a back story for each of the characters within the novel. It made me see how Harun, Freya, and Nate were before they met each other and then after they met each other. "I Have Lost My Way" was a fitting title for this novel. Forman always leaves me wanting more and "I Have Lost My Way' is a prime example of this. I feel that this was a quick and great read.

I loved the storyline and the characters. It’s a great, quick read. The only thing I was hoping for was more story about what happens to them. It ended so abruptly. I would recommend this book to others.

First off, I have to say I love the diversity in this novel. All the narratives are compelling and weave together in a way that makes me feel as if I’ve spent a lot of time with Harun, Freya, and Nat, not just the 12(ish) hours we are with them. (Obviously this is because they share a lot of past memories with us, but this does not feel like a book where everything is crammed into a short window of time.) It’s both odd and comforting, I think, and this mixture is something I suspect all three main characters would understand. I Have Lost My Way feels very much like a Gayle Forman novel to me. Specifically, the quick changes in perspective make me think of the writing in Just One Night, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The abrupt ending of IHLMY did not sit well with me at first, but upon further reflection, this is very much Forman’s style: to leave us on the edge of our seats, hopeful and wanting more.

Taking place over the course of one day in New York, three strangers who have all "lost their way" literally run into each other. Over the course of the book, we learn the background stories of Freya, an up and coming singer who has lost her singing voice, Harun, a closeted Muslim teen, and Nathaniel, whose dark past haunts him. Unfortunately, this book just reads incredibly choppy and not well put together. The most intriguing parts of the books were the background components. Otherwise, this book just feels flat and unfinished.

It is quite amazing how the words, "I Have Lost My Way", brought three complete strangers together on this particular day, where they find themselves alone in the world. Again, it is quite amazing how our lives/spirit can connect with people we don't even know. I reviewed an Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review and I can tell you this book was beautiful. I finished this book in one sitting, in less than 7 hours. The story takes place in New York amongst three teenagers who are trying to find their way. Freya is an internet sensation who has created buzz for herself singing and writing songs with her sister. The problem is, she has lost her voice and wonders whether it will ever come back. On this particular day, she is in Central Park looking at pictures of her sister engagement announcement on Facebook and is wondering why she was never informed by either her sister nor her mom. She seems to lose her balance and falls directly on Nathaniel who is underneath the bridge. Nathaniel has just arrived in New York and is completely lost. From the streets of New York, he decides it is best to go through the park as this is the only thing he remembers from his guidebook. He has traveled all this way as a promise he made to his father. And then there is Harun. Harun sees everything right as it happens. On this particular day, Harun is revisiting his last conversation with his boyfriend, who just recently broke up with him. He is a young Muslim American who has a secret that could break his relationship with his family. He is gay. Throughout the book, the author provides us with the background knowledge we need to connect the dots on why these three individuals are linked together.We begin with Freya’s struggle to find who she really is by her evaluating her relationship with her mother, sister and her father who left her when she and her sister was younger. Harun’s struggle to confront his true identity as a gay Muslim American and let his family know he is not this perfect all American boy. And Nathaniel’s struggle to confront the truth of his dad. No matter how hard he has tried to keep this hidden from the outside world. I Have Lost My Way is a beautiful novel that shapes the way of our heart. Deep down we are struggling to find our way and this book is a reminder that no matter what you are struggling with there is always hope at the end of the tunnel.

I. Love. This. Book. Full disclosure, I am a big fan of Gayle Forman. I have enjoyed every book of hers that I have read, but this one got to me in ways I was not expecting. The story takes place in a single day and follows Harun, Freya, and Nathaniel. Three people who have lost their way due to various choices they have made and/or events that have happened in their lives. The author describes their losses throughout the course of the book while also describing their day as they find each other by accident, somewhat literally. I think what resonates with me the most in this book is the message that meeting a person can have such an impact on your life. That fate or destiny or the fabric of the universe can lead you to the right people when you need them most. The story is masterfully written and had me in tears at the end. I give it all the stars.

I enjoyed this quick Young Adult read.  It wasn't my favorite Gayle Forman book but a great book on staying true to yourself even when everyone else is telling you otherwise.  I did like the three converging story lines and that it took place in one day. The characters were all very likable and I liked how we learn about their back stories throughout the day through flashbacks. I would have liked to have more of the story. It felt like the story just stopped.

"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 received a free e-ARC through First to Read from the publishers at Penguin Random House. I liked If I Stay and Where She Went well enough, but the characters never quite overwhelmed me. Still, they were well-done novels, and I enjoyed Forman’s writing enough to give it another try. Freya is an internet-sensational singer on her way to becoming a celebrity through her record deal with one of the most successful managers in the business. The problem is that she can’t sing anymore. Harun’s boyfriend has just broken up with him, and in order to avoid telling his very religious family that he’s gay, he may do something drastic instead. Nathaniel has only just arrived in New York City, alone and desperate to outrun the memories of a beloved but neglectful father. When a chance accident in the park brings the three of them together, they discover that by helping each other, they might get the friendship and acceptance they all need. I’m really glad I decided to read this. I was on the fence about it after having lukewarm feelings about her previous books, and the description really doesn’t do it justice. I couldn’t write a better one, so it may just be one of those books that far outshines its premise in execution. The writing is lyrical and repetitive; it’s a little overwhelming at first, when the phrase “I have lost my way” is repeated some dozen times in the first few chapters, but I came to love it. Those times when the three narrative perspectives begin to collide are especially lovely, and it’s nice to enjoy a novel for its prose. However, it’s the characters that are the real heart of this novel. Freya, Harun, and Nathaniel are distinct, sympathetic, and three-dimensional. They’re shaped by their histories and their cultures, Freya with her Ethiopian father and jealous sister, Harun with his devout Muslim family, and Nathaniel with his mentally ill father, who’s more best friend than parent. (Nathaniel’s repeated insistence that “It’s all good” when it’s anything but reminds me so much of Neil’s “I’m fine” in The Foxhole Court, and it just made me love him more.) Forman does an excellent job capturing the richness of their cultures, from the food and languages to the music and the belief systems. They all have something in common, and it’s something that maybe the entire human race has in common. Their sadness and their loneliness is so potent; I teared up a dozen times over the course of the novel. It could so easily cross over into the realms of unnecessary angst or drama, but Forman is a skilled hand at keeping the heartbreak at an accessible level without diminishing its power. There is a lot of compassion in this book. Few of the plots resolve, and those that do have unexpected outcomes, but I like the novel’s commitment to realism. Friendship isn’t a magical cure for anyone’s problems, but it can make life a lot more livable. Despite the novel’s frequent sadness and handling of difficult issues, the overall message is one of hope. The ending is somewhat abrupt. I should have remembered from If I Stay that Forman favors sudden conclusions. We know basically what happens, but knowing what happens isn’t the same as feeling it. I was badly wishing for an epilogue. Still, I’m going to need a physical copy for my library once it’s out (and I can think of at least two more people in my life who also need one). I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.

My rating: 4.5 stars Thank you to first to read for an e-arc in exchange for my honest review. I never thought I'd read a Gayle Forman book, but after reading the synopsis for this one I knew I had to read it. We follow three people from different walks of life, meet at a critical point in all of their lives. Ones a singer at the start of her career who is having health problems. One is a young man dealing with parents expectations and his own wants in life. Lastly, we have another young man who feels all alone in the world due to his home life. One moment changes all their lives in an instant and they must deal with the consequences of it together. This one happens in one day as well. (can you tell I'm really loving these types of books right now?) I couldn't read this book fast enough. I had to know how it ended and it was such a good ending. All of the characters get an equal amount of time after the start which just follows the singer. After that, we switch POV's every chapter and get to see what brought them to this point in time, and why they're feeling the way they do. I loved this book, and want to keep reading more like this because we get to see a glimpse into so many different people lives in a short period of time, and I really feel like we get to know them. If you haven't read a Gayle Forman book and don't want a romance focused book this one is for you. P.S. Can anyone recommend me more like this one?

Gayle Forman is an auto-buy author for me. Basically, I will pre-order any of her books without even bothering to read the summary first. I love the books that I’ve read by her in the past, and that makes me want to read EVERYTHING I can find by her. So, when I first discovered I Have Lost My Way, I knew I would have to check it out. I’m so glad I did!! One of the things I loved most about this book was the characters. Freya, Harun, and Nathaniel’s lives are so completely different from each other, yet when a fateful accident throws them together one morning in the park, they quickly go from being strangers, to being so much more. I loved that these characters had such completely different lives, yet manage to get along and relate to each other so well. Though they only knew each other for a short time, it felt like they had known each other for much longer, and I enjoyed watching the relationship grown over the course of the book. The storyline for the book was really interesting, and it was basically each character dealing with their problems together. (Did I mention that these three were an awesome team?) And all of this happens over the course of a day, which made this book a really quick read. I was a little surprised at the ending, as I feel like some things were left unanswered, but I wonder if that was so that we could interpret the ending in our own way. *shrug*. Either way, I really enjoyed the story. Overall; I Have Lost My Way is another hit by Gayle Forman, and I’m so glad I was able to read it this month! Reading the book did remind me, however, that I somehow *still* haven’t read Just One Day and Just One Year, and reading this new book has made me want to read them ASAP! I’m hoping to get to them soon. If you’re a fan of contemporary stories, or more importantly, a fan of Gayle’s, you will definitely want to check out I Have Lost My Way!! Happy Reading!! See this review and more on my blog! http://www.thereaderbee.com/2018/03/my-thoughts-i-have-lost-my-way-by-gayle-forman.html

We have felt as if we've lost our way at least once in our lives, right? Well, that's exactly how Freya, Harum, and Nathaniel felt the day they accidentally met. This is a story of friendship, deception, family, being young, an overwhelming future, and love. Certainly you will be able to identify with one of the characters, for better or for worse, because we've had similar experiences as Freya, Harum, and Nathaniel.

I love reading Gayle Forman's books because they have so much heart and emotional depth in them. This book was no exception. It was a quick read and everything happens over the course of a single day, but it was still thoroughly engrossing and entertaining, even while dealing with serious topics like loss and loneliness. I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it.

I picked this book for the First to Read program, which provided me with a free copy to review, because Gayle Forman is one of my students’ favorite authors to read. She shares compelling stories that people can relate to, and I Have Lost My Way is no exception. From the beginning I knew I would enjoy this book because I am a sucker for seeing the story from multiple perspectives; to make it even better this novel also contains flashbacks into the pasts of our three narrators. I very easily found myself drawn into the story of Freya, a rising star; Harun, a homosexual who is not yet out to his family; and Nathaniel, a young man brought up with a father who was mentally unstable. These three characters find each other one clandestine day and then become integral parts of each other’s futures. I loved seeing how three seemingly different people were able to relate and change each other for the better. I also appreciated how full the characters were; I knew everything I needed to know about them in order to feel connected to their stories. I honestly think you should read this book because it is engaging, enjoyable, and entertaining! (I love alliterations!) Make sure you check it out!

I heard a lot of hype about I Have Lost My Way, and Gayle Foreman is usually good for a solidly emotional read, and that was exactly what I was in the mood for. So, when it didn't really grab me emotionally, I was a little disappointed. The plot is good, the characters interesting and well rounded, but it wasn't the rich emotional read I was looking for.

It took me a moment to get into. I had to get used to the story switching between three people, Freya, Harun, and Nathaniel. There were times it switched after a paragraph to a new person and it got confusing figuring out who it was. But once the story really started, I got way into it. I was hooked. I loved how these three separate people all came together by accident but yet they all were feeling the same - they have lost their way. Though their reasoning for being lost were completely different, they all needed something - each other. I loved how they all ended up helping each other without really realizing it. My heart broke for two of the three; Harun had to choose between who he loved or his family’s happiness and Nathaniel is struggling within. Though Freya’s story didn’t break my heart, I sympathize what she was going through. I loved their back stories, it just made me feel closer to them. Though I liked the way it ended. I wanted more! The stories ended with some kind of closure but I need like an epilogue or something. I just want to make sure everything is good with them.

I am fortunate enough to periodically have the opportunity to try to score an advance reader's copy of upcoming books. I try my luck nearly every time I get an email about them, and am not successful a lot of the time. This is ok because there are a lot of books out there, and nine times out of ten, if I am not selected for the ARC, I will still end up reading the book. A few weeks ago, this Gayle Forman book popped up as one we could try our luck with. This time though, I had enough points to guarantee a copy for myself, and since I have liked every book of hers I have read, I knew I needed to get this one. This is a story about three people who have, quite literally, lost their way. Up first is Freya. Freya is a singer on the verge of making it big. Unfortunately, some three weeks prior, she has lost the ability to sing. This is a bit of a problem as she was born singing. It was the one thing she had with her father who left her to go start a new life in his homeland of Ethiopia. It is what cost her any sort of relationship with her sister, which is how she finds herself falling off of a bridge in Central Park. Then there is Harun, a young Muslim man who is living a lie to keep from disappointing his parents. Harun is gay and his boyfriend recently broke up with him because Harun won't come out to his family. On this particular day, he heads to Central Park in the hopes of running into his boyfriend and show him that he is willing to do what it takes to be with him when he sees a young woman falling off of a bridge. Last there is Nathaniel. He is a young man from Washington state. His parents are divorced because his mother said she couldn't live with two children, the implication, and rightly so, that her husband was a child. Nathaniel has two different colored eyes as a result of an accident, and something has happened that has turned him into something feral (his words, not mine). Freya lands on Nathaniel when she falls off of the bridge. This accident is what brings the three of them together, and together they begin to find their way. Like Forman's other books, her characters are complex and she provides a backstory that helps the reader understand why they are the way they are. In this case, it helps to show how they lost their way, so that when they get back on track it all blends together.

This is a quick read, well written with a strong cast of diverse characters. The characters felt real and relatable. My only complaint is that the ending felt too abrupt. Overall a solid, enjoyable read.

This is the first Gayle Forman book I've read and I'm quite positive it won't be the last. Told from the viewpoint of 3 teenage characters who have all lost their way through tough times and happen upon each other by chance in NYC. In the span of one day the stories of their pasts unfold and they help each other to see happiness in a way that none of them have experienced before. I would have loved for the book to go on deeper into the lives of these characters but it was so beautifully written that I was happy to leave it where it was at the end of that one day.

I am a big fan of Gayle Forman’s books and was super excited for the chance to read this one. It took me a couple of hours because I couldn’t put it down. I connected with these characters in such a way that I understood how they lost their way and why and wanted to see where the story went. I wanted them all to be happy. I kept picturing it like a really good movie in my head and was ultimately sad when it was over not knowing if there’d be any more from the theee people the book revolves around. But I do know I will continue to read any book that the author puts out. Like her others this is a beautiful story. It’s emotional and it’s worth the read.

Gayle Forman knows how to write a beautiful story. This is a book of three teenagers who have lost their way, but their lives are changed after a chance meeting. Its heartbreaking, emotional, and the characters are so well written. If you enjoy YA, this one is worth picking up.

I really enjoyed this book! I thought it was well-written and a great story about finding friendship in unexpected places. Everything doesn't end perfectly either - which is nice and works really well in this book. I thought the characters were relate-able and easy to find connections to. The book will most likely make you teary eyed while reading, but it is just a heart-warming book. The stories were captivating and the book balanced each character well - while moving between the past and the present. Great read!

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 book. To be honest, I requested 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 captivated. There'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 knows 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 Park. The story takes place over the course of one day, but is broken up with flashbacks that paint in the backgrounds of the three characters. 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 quiet intimate details, and in moments between characters. Hope and uplifting sentiments battle it out with pain and loss, making for a bittersweet mix. Three 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 her 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 them. Harun is gay and Muslim, struggling to come out to his parents. His refusal to do so has led to his boyfriend, James (described as 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-9/11 New York City. At 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. The one thing I didn't like was the one-day romance that developed. There's so much more 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 that. But, you 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 City.

I was...ambivalent about this book at first. As I got through the first quarter of it (after which I always make my decision whether to finish a book), I felt like I wasn't getting the full story, that the format was preventing me from getting to know these characters as deeply as I wanted to. But I kept reading, because I realized that I wanted to know them better. And then I felt like that was a perfect metaphor for the characters. They came together by the slimmest of chances, but they needed each other. And they didn't know each other deeply, but they clung to each other regardless. And each of them was compelling in their own way. Once I finished the book, I felt that I had been given the gift of a small glance into these characters' lives, and though I wanted to know more, I was okay with leaving them where they were. I don't know if that will make sense if you haven't already read the book, but I don't want to spoil anything. I'll just close by saying it's moving and delightful read, and I highly recommend it.

Thank you to First to Read for providing me a copy of this book for honest review. This was a quick read that had three very interesting characters. I liked the way it went back and told each of their stories until we got a full picture of their lives. I was even totally on board with the instafriendship (as opposed to instalove ;) because it felt genuine. I got to the end and couldn't believe that was it. I'm okay with books that leave you wondering what happened. I even prefer it sometimes. In this case I didn't like it, mostly because I wanted to read more about the friendship between these three strangers turned friends. I guess in a way the book felt a bit too superficial in how certain characters were written. Overall not an amazing read but definitely an interesting one with compelling characters.

Thank you Penguin Random House for the advanced copy of this book - all thoughts and opinions are my own. I so often spend my reading time submerged in crime/mystery/thrillers, and so while this book was not in my "normal" genre, was like a terrific breath of fresh air for me as a reader. This story is so wonderfully human - I absolutely devoured this read in one sitting. I Have Lost My Way follows three strangers whose paths collide one fateful date in New York, forever changing the way they look at themselves and the world, and teaching them about real love in the process. Gayle Forman does wonderful work in interweaving the three perspectives flawlessly, moving through the story that happens primarily in one day, with bits of the three characters backgrounds, letting us better understand what has brought them to this chance day together. The characters, although getting such small pieces of them, have wonderful depth and are still fully formed. I adored the diversity of the characters, and all their flaws and quirks. I could happily read volumes of adventures of these three, and will keep my fingers crossed that this is not the last that we will hear from them. 5 solid stars - this will be a read that YA lovers, as well as readers who enjoy a strong character drama will love.

I Have Lost My Way sees three strangers through a formative day, with alternating flashbacks of each character's story. They meet accidentally, and see in each other the same ache they have in themselves for true belonging and acceptance. They laugh and cry together, spending the day realizing that there could be more to life than the despair they have resigned themselves to. Definitely a wonderful story of finding hope. Gayle Forman delivers yet again.

The book starts off with 3 people who appear to have nothing in common. I was unsure how their stories would be able to tie together but the more i read, the more they came together. The flashbacks help pull the story together. Up to about page 110 i was interested but not fully vested in the story. After that pointed, my attention waa grabbed, things started ti really come together and i didn't want to put it down until i finished it. The ending had me tearing up and if ahe so choose, it was left open for a possible future sequel.I would recommend this book to others.

Thanks to First to Read for an ARC of this book! This book was so beautifully written. Before the three characters meet I was unsure how their personal journeys would be able to play out alongside each other, but Forman does a great job of making it work without forcing it. I loved the diversity of the characters and how their stories were so different but their feelings were echoed in one another. It was very easy for me to feel a connection to each of them. I loved how even though it is revealed in the beginning what Freya, Haydn, and Nathaniel’s background is, you don’t really see the full picture of each until the very end. Each flashback chapter felt like a new piece of the puzzle. I liked how the flashbacks changed into first person narrative so it felt more personal from the character. I also liked that the present day narration would jump from character to character to show how similar their thoughts and feelings were. Each character has a good personal journey that is initiated and helped along by the other two characters while still feeling like the charcter’s own journey. This was a quick read which ended on a hopeful note for each of the characters, without the ending being too much of a forced tying together of loose ends.

**Thank you to FirstToRead.com for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!** I'm writing this review in the United States in March of 2018, where this entire country is learning horrible and difficult lessons on the downfalls of isolation and lack of empathy. "I Have Lost My Way" by Gayle Forman is the perfect read for a generation where we are surrounded by social media, thousands of virtual friends and interactions, but still somehow can feel very alone. All three of the main characters - Freya, an aspiring musician who has suddenly and mysteriously lost of her voice; Harun, struggling with his sexuality and being brave enough to live his life the way he wants to; and my favorite character, Nathaniel, whose childhood has left him isolated from the workings of the world, and really the workings of his own self - are battling through loneliness, and loss. I truly enjoyed Forman's poetic writing - she writes lines in a way that makes you pause for a moment and wish you could summarize your feelings in the same way. But I wish she had given us more time with these characters. We are introduced to their current predicaments, and flashbacks of how everything culminated the way it did, and we get a sense of a 'happy ending' - but nothing concrete. That very well may be the point, but I enjoy my i's dotted and my t's crossed and a character arc complete. The character's problems were deep and psychologically rooted, and I didn't leave feeling satisfied they would be okay. However, I did devour the book in less than 12 hours, and I did enjoy it. It left me wanting more, and can see the opening for a sequel. 3.5 out of 5 stars

Three strangers drawn together after an accident find they might have more in common than they think. Freya, loses her voice while recording an album, Harun has plans to leave NYC, while Nathaniel has arrived in the city with just a backpack and a desperate plan. While the three of them might feel like they have lost their way, they might soon discover that helping others just might help themselves. This is one of those books in which I was a little bit uncertain at first where this book was headed and if I would even like it. Thankfully, it all seemed to come together by page 100 or so and it was a real pleasure to watch the three main characters bond and help each other out. Loved how fate brought them together when they needed help the most. The action takes place over the course of a day with flashbacks showing how each character got to the present day. I thought the pacing was just right and would recommend this book to anyone who likes young adult fiction. Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy!

***Thanks to First to Read for providing me a complimentary copy of I HAVE LOST MY WAY by Gayle Forman in exchange for my honest review.*** 3.5 STARS Three strangers from diverse ethnicities meet in New York City, spend part of a day together and solves some of the issues interfering with their happiness. YouTube singer and hopeful.star Freya has literally lost her singing voice. For Harun, his loss of voice is figurative, fearing coming out will disappoint his Muslim family. Nathaniel’s loss is more mysterious. If you can get past the insta-love and insta-friend aspects of I HAVE LOST MY WAY, Gayle Forman’s latest release is a quick and heartfelt read about fractured relationships, some fixable, some not. Forman packs a lot in this short novel and does it well. Parents. Siblings. Partners. Cultural norms. Half-truths and lies. Honesty in all its shades. Expectations of self and others. I enjoyed reading I HAVE LOST MY WAY. As always Forman’s words are gorgeous and compelling. The characters were unique and as fully fleshed out as can be shown over the course of half a day. I never connected with the characters or felt immersed in their journeys. I don’t think I’ll remember much about the story or people tomorrow. Borrow, don’t purchase I HAVE LOST MY WAY.


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