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Saturday, April 21, 2018

I HAVE LOST MY WAY by Gayle Forman Book Review

By: Gayle Forman
Published by: Penguin Random House
Released on: April 1st, 2018
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Rating 5 stars
Source: Purchased book 

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.

Like most fans of Gayle Forman I was super excited to get a new YA book from her. She is one of my favourite contemporary writers. Gayle has a wonderful way of writing characters who are on the cusp of adulthood. Characters who are finding themselves and discovering the people they are. I Have Lost My Way is another great story of discovery.

The book is told over the course of one day from three points of view and they switch around mid chapter, sometimes mid paragraph. You would think that this would be confusing but I just loved this. I loved that we got the three characters thoughts as the story way playing out. I loved that as the day rolls on you get to know the characters more and more, just as they get to know each other. I switched between audio book and book for this one as I just couldn't read it fast enough. I loved the addition of the songs in the audio book, especailly at the end.

The story starts with Freya who has lost her singing voice just as she is recording her debut album with a huge recording team. She is worried about why this has happened and even though the doctors order rest, she knows deep down it is not all physical. Next we meet Harun who has broken up with his boyfriend and is hiding a secret from his family. Third is Nathanial who has just arrived in NYC and is trying to find his way in more ways than one.

Gayle has made three complete strangers meet in an unlikely manner but you can see the conection between them straight away. Have you ever meet anyone and just known they were your kind of person? Well this is what happens to these three. Although from very different backgrounds and living very different lives, they are all on a path of change and are unsure what is going to happen next. 

It is hard to say much more without spoiling the story. Fans of "The Sun is also a Star", Gayle's adult novel "Leave Me" or even just fans of NYC will enjoy this one I'm sure. The ending will leave you feeling like you had a broken heart but that it was mended again just in the nick of time.