I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

I Have Lost My Way

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 ...

Details I Have Lost My Way

TitleI Have Lost My Way
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
PublisherViking Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews I Have Lost My Way

  • - ̗̀kippen ̖́- (uponthepages)
    - Hardcover - 304 pages- Published on March 27th, 2018- Viking Books for Young Readersmy rating: ★★★★/★★★★★ (4.5 stars)I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. **if any, spoilers WILL be hidden**p.s. there's a lot of great representation in here! - lgbt+ muslim pov- mixed pov mc - sc pov with depression?*TW FOR MENTIONED SUICIDE*“They may be complete strangers, with different lives and ...
  • Jennifer
    3.5/5 starsI Have Lost My Way is a contemporary standalone novel. It is listed as Young Adult. But it doesn't really feel like YA to me. They are 19 years old. I guess since they are teens and their parents are so involved in their lives that it could be considered YA. But I'm used to YA being under 18.The book takes place in New York City. The book takes place in 1 day, but it doesn't really feel that way (as there are lots of flashbacks). The b...
  • Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
    Gayle Forman is one of my very favourite contemporary YA writers so a new release from her is always cause for much excitement! It’s been three years since her last YA book and it’s safe to say that I Have Lost My Way was everything I wanted it to be, filling up the Gayle Forman shaped hole in my life.I Have Lost My Way follows three teenagers who literally crash into each other’s lives when they each need a friend the most. We have Freya, ...
  • Gemma F
    Devoured this book in 7 hours. All I can say is that I HAVE LOST MY WAY is a stunningly beautiful and poetic piece of literature filled with characters who will stay with you in a profound manner. I loved the representations of POCs and the cultures were fantastically done. There is never a boring moment in this story and you get to see from the POVs of the three main characters. This was so effective in bringing out the back stories of each of F...
  • Zohal
    A big thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book. I thought this was a different book to what Gayle Forman usually writes. It follows three, distinct individuals and how their lives intertwine. It follows their past and present. Whilst, I enjoyed the flashbacks, I did not like the snippets of the present. There were moments where the writing was wonderful. There were also moments where the dialogue brimmed with pretentiousness ...
  • Alicia
    I was not in the mood for the melodrama and likely won't be to retry the book. I wanted a bit more inspirational or tenaciousness in growth of characters but instead as the three characters collided with one another in New York City after having each "lost" something, I wasn't in the mood to watch them lament, grow, or change as a result especially if it meant any romance or insta-friendship. Applause for the diversity of the cast and the creativ...
  • Momo Chavez
    Gayle Forman’s strengths SHINE in this book - her ability to condense impactful plotlines and character depth within limited time confines, as well as providing a quick read packed with raw emotion. As always, her work leaves a powerful after-effect on my understanding of love and empathy - not to mention that desire for JUST A FEW MORE CHAPTERS!!
  • Pat
    I couldn't put this down as I became very involved with the characters and the strong theme of friendship. Great read.
  • Marion Dodson
    I loved this book. I loved the characters, the raw emotions, the different cultures....As a huge Gayle Forman fan I am also thrilled when she has a new book and this was worth the wait. Read this amazing book!!
  • Tahlia
    Received this as an ARC from NetGalley.This book follows 3 characters as they all bump into each other one day - and it ultimately changes their lives.Freya - a half black famous singer who is dealing with losing her voice, probably permanently.Haran - a Pakistani, Muslim who has yet to come out to his parents.Nathaniel - a boy with one eye who is learning to live life without his mentally ill, absent father.This book has some very heavy themes a...
  • Heather
    Always a sucker for alternating perspectives, I was all about reading this book right away. I read it on the plane and it was... nice. I would recommend it if there weren't so many better options out there. The characters are all supposed to be very different people with their own problems who find themselves together for a day, and how that friendship helps them grow. I would have liked the voices to be a little more different from one another.
  • Staci Vought
    3.5 stars. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! I had a hard time with the beginning and very last page of this book, but I binge read everything in between. There's a lot to like and identify with about these well developed characters and their story! I appreciate the diversity within the characters.
  • Jo-Ann Duff (Duffy The Writer)
    Three teenagers come together in rather unexpected, and for me, completely unbelievable circumstances. The cynic in me cringed a little and the scenario in which they all came together, and the very carefully balanced diversity of the 3 main characters. I honestly thought that a) I was far too long in the tooth for this book and b) I was going to struggle to finish it.However, the initial set up of the story aside I began to become attached to th...
  • Sarah
    Thanks to Penguin Young Readers and NetGalley for this eARC. In her Acknowledgements, Gayle Forman calls books "empathy-delivery devices," and this book certainly fits this description. It tells the stories of Freya, Harun and Nathaniel, three 19-year-olds (or so), who have all somehow lost their way but found each other in New York for a day. We see their time together and flashbacks to their lives before they magically became a trio. We get a w...
  • Trista
    This was a pretty short, quick read but it was one I found myself getting absorbed in right away. The concept of strangers' lives intersecting at the right moment is one I usually enjoy and this was no different. I liked the three characters and the way they interacted with each other, even after only just meeting. There was a bond that formed between them, they connected, recognized something in each other that made them protective of each other...
  • Merry Miller moon
    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** The book basically happens in one day. There are three main characters, Harun, who is Muslim and is in love with a man named James. Nathaniel, who only has one good eye, and loves the Lord of the Rings, and who has some secrets of his own and Freya, who has somehow lost her voice, although she is an up and coming pop singer. Freya just so happens to be in the park trying to fi...
  • Brooke
    REVIEWI’ve been a fan of Gayle Forman’s for years, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to read her latest book, I Have Lost My Way. Told between three alternating viewpoints, a single day changes the lives of three unlikely friends. Freya (the musician searching for her voice), Harun (the dutiful son struggling to be honest with those he loves), and Nathaniel (the young man who is lost in so many ways) are all looking for something, a...
  • Cristine Mermaid
    Beautifully written. Reading the stories of these three who had lost their way and found each other while at the lowest point of their lives made me reflect on my own life and that I, too, have lost my way. While the circumstances in this book for vastly different for all three, the underlying sense of being lost was described in such a raw and vulnerable way that it made me feel raw and vulnerable. This book is a quick read and yet delves into l...
  • Rebecca
    Thanks to Penguin Teen (via a Goodreads giveaway) for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Gayle Forman has returned to YA and I'm so happy (though I really enjoyed her adult debut, Leave Me, as well). I Have Lost My Way is a multi-perspective novel taking course over the course of one day, telling the story of how three lost individuals find each other and connect, as well as the back story that has led them to the ...
  • Kristi
    I found this book interesting but not great. I liked the changing perspectives and knew we'd be getting the backstories as we went along, and I felt that aspect of the book was successful. I also enjoyed the variety of issues/groups represented- isolation, immigrant family experience, divorce, lgbt+, muslims, and the themes of loss, grief, and familial expectations were approached in a real, relatable way. I wanted to like this more than I did. T...
  • Kelsey Morrison
    Gayle creates another breath-taking world that you can't put down. Freya, Nathaniel, and Harin each have a deep secret that will alter their lives. One has lost a home, another a love, and the last a voice. Brought together by kismet and stuck together by an unexplainable bond--these three challenge their secrets and look to overcome them. For lovers of "and the rest is history..." this book will pull at you from every angle, asking and prying, b...
  • Robyn
    I picked up an advanced reader copy of this at work as I was leaving a closing shift exhausted. when i got home i figured I would read a chapter before falling asleep. That was at 11:15pm it's not 4:58am and I just finished this book. I literally didn't put it down. I think that speaks for itself. At least I hope it does, because it's almost 5am and I'm in capable of formulating a better review. But the best books transport you somewhere else. th...
  • Gina
    I am so glad that I came across this book on Netgalley. Gayle Forman is one of my favorite writers because she creates such great characters that intrigue me. Feyre, Harun, and Nathaniel are three teens who are struggling with loss in their lives. It takes some stars aligning, but the trio is thrust into situations that force them to realize fate has thrown them together to show that while they suffer, they are not alone in their healing. Forman ...
  • Elizabeth
    I received this book from the publisher via goodreads as an advanced readers' edition. Nothing about receiving that book for free has changed my opinions below.I found this book had a slow start. I was close to putting it down several times. At the beginning, I didn't care about the characters, I didn't see how they fit together, I wanted a story. But as I pushed through, I began to love the characters and ultimately they do fit together.This is ...
  • Lynn Christiansen
    I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.What is it about Gayle Forman books that just make your heart hurt and feel joy all at the same time? I loved this book. The writing was beautiful. The characters were engaging. I pretty much devoured this book in just two days. I don't want to say too much because i think this is a story that you have to discover and savor without knowing too much going into it. But if yo...
  • Amie Wilson
    Gayle Forman is a wonderful storyteller. Her characters always have the space and time to unfold, even when the story takes place all on one day as this one does. Each of the 3 characters are so different and have had such different experiences yet they all share something in common, they are all feeling lost and full of despair. I love how they start off as complete strangers and then develop into being very important people in each other's live...
  • Sandy
    I liked the premise of this YA novel, but it was slightly underdeveloped. I read well over half in a day and was still not sure how invested I was. On day two, I decided to just read through and eventually I saw where Forman was trying to go with the characters and their story. It just didn't feel like enough. I DO think my students will enjoy the book as the ideas are fresh, there is a lot of drama, and the novel reads fast! The three main chara...
  • Brittany
    I kind of love these stories where the main events all happen over the span of one day. Our three main characters lives intersect in ways they never could have imagined, while at the same time their pasts are expertly woven into the narrative. This is about more than being lost and found, but about discovering who you are in those moments. Fans of Gayle Forman won't be disappointed and I also think this would be a great read-alike for The Sun Is ...