Monday, 23 April 2018

Review: I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman


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, this is a story about the power of friendship and being true to who you are. 


 

Review: Do you ever read a book and think "this book was so clever, I wish that I had written it!"? Well this was one of those books. Firstly I love a book that takes place over just one day and secondly I love a book with multiple narratives and this fabulous book had both of those. This book is also relatively short which was very refreshing, I didn't feel intimidated by reading it and read it over the weekend which was just perfect! Safe to say, one of my favourite things about this book was the way it was structured!

The characters were pretty awesome too though! Firstly we have Freya who is definitely a celebrity. She is of Ethiopian origin and so I loved that diverse aspect of her character. She has a rocky relationship with her family and she has definitely lost her way. Then we have Harun, whose family is Pakistani. Harun has some secrets he is keeping, some of them even from himself. I like Harun a lot but found him a little frustrating, I wanted to jump into the book and fix him. Nathanial is definitely my favourite of the three characters here. He also has some secrets but we, as readers, get a little peak at what those might be. I also wanted to jump into the book and fix him but I had a little more faith that his new friends would be able to help him out with that so I wouldn't have to. I worried about him the entire way through, I think I felt a very motherly connection to him-oh dear!

Because this book is set over just one day, the storyline is pretty intense but we are treated to lots of flashbacks so each of the characters will have a chapter where we learn a little bit about how they lost their way. I loved this structure, as I have already mentioned and feel like these flashbacks gave the characters and the storyline depth. I couldn't directly relate to any of the reasons these characters had lost their way but because I liked all three of the characters, i definitely felt sympathy for them. I loved the structure of this book and the diversity of the three characters; it was  quick read and definitely something I would recommend picking up sooner rather than later!

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