Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Monday, March 26, 2018

An Emotional 24 Hour Journey: I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

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I received this book for free from Viking Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

An Emotional 24 Hour Journey: I Have Lost My Way by Gayle FormanI Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on March 27th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Source: Viking Books for Young Readers
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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.

I Have Lost My Way was my first book by Gayle Forman even though I’ve wanted to read a book by her for the past 5 years. I guess I am just going to have to go back and read more because I am in love with her writing style. I finished I Have Lost My Way feeling satisfied and warm gushiness from the good vibes in the book. However, upon hours of reflection, I can see that this book is not perfect for a number of reasons.

For starters, I was slightly uncomfortable with the way Forman wrote Harun’s story. Harun is a gay Pakistani-American. Throughout the book, we see his struggle with those identities and I felt like that struggle wasn’t really Forman’s to write about? I felt like she did handle it with care but she also seemed to rely on certain stereotypes that again, aren’t hers to write about.

There also just aspects of the story that felt unresolved and I craved resolution even though I was satisfied by how Forman wrapped things up. Out of the three stories we followed, I felt like Freya’s was the only one that got real closure. Harun’s story did have something that resembled a conclusion but Nathaniel’s didn’t really have much of anything.

Nathaniel was perhaps the most mysterious character of the three, his story laced with artifacts from his past but not much from his present.

Freya, Harun and Nathaniel have lost their ways. They meet when Freya falls on top of Nathaniel and Harun witnesses this incident. None of them really have a place to be and keep finding excuses to spend more time with each other. Over the course of the day, their tentative acquaintanceship transforms into friendship. They spend the day helping each other find their way and confront their past and problems.

I Have Lost My Way not only tells the story of these three individuals but it tells the story of empathy and friendship. It is deeply cathartic in someways to see these three strangers come together despite the odds and help each other find their ways in a changing world. I think it is absolutely worth the read even if its not perfect because at one point or another, we have all lost our way.


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Arthurian Myth Meets World War II: The Metropolitans by Carol Goodman

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If you’ve been following along with discussions surrounding World War II books in the community, you will already know this but there aren’t many World War II books out there with Jewish main characters. Not only does The Metropolitans have a (German-American) Jewish main character, it also has Japanese-American, first nations & Irish-American main characters. The page space is split up b/w the four characters and while I cannot accurately speak for any of the rep since I am not from any of those groups, I did feel that it was done pretty well. (If you are from any of those groups and feel differently, I’d be eternally grateful if you choose to let me know so I may edit this review to reflect that!)

One of my favorite childhood books…