I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman – Book Review

Title: I Have Lost My Way

Author: Gayle Forman

Genre/Themes: Contemporary Young Adult, Mental Health, Family, LGBTQ+

Blurb from Goodreads

A powerful display 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 home to find the boy that he loves, and Nathaniel is 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 way back to who they’re supposed to be.

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.

My Review

I think there’s a difference between a book with an open ending and one that feels unfinished.

This book feels very unresolved.

In many ways it also feels like the story never really got going.

I enjoyed reading the book but I had too many questions. I didn’t ever fully believe in the connection between Freya, Nathaniel and Harun and I certainly didn’t believe in the love story between Freya and Nathaniel.

It was nicely written, had a good pace, interesting premise… But I just didn’t ever believe in the story.

Individually I think Nathaniel’s story about life with his father and their “fellowship of two” was the most interesting but it was also the one that frustrated me the most as I felt Forman never revealed enough of that backstory to us as readers.

Freya’s story about becoming a singer was very bland. Lots of stereotypes and cliches really.

I think, especially with both Freya and Nathaniel’s stories, because all the major supporting characters never actually appeared on the page the book had a really detached tone and it made it harder to ever truly empathise with the struggles of these characters.

At least with Harun’s coming out story as a reader I got the chance to see him in his family dynamic, to see James and therefore was better able to connect with Harun’s character and understand his motivations etc. 

But I think ultimately it’s the ending that I’m struggling with. I really felt that as reader I was just getting into the story, really beginning to understand these characters and then boom. Book ended. It felt very lacklustre to me. 

Sadly not one of Gayle Forman’s better books

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