(Review) I Have Lost My Way
I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Foreman
Publication Date: March 27th, 2018
Pages: 304 (hardcover)
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars
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 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.
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 from Gayle, as usual.
ARC courtesy of First to Read.