I Have Lost My Way

I Have Lost My Way

I Have Lost My Way
Gayle Forman

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9781471173721

A brand-new, heart-wrenching novel from the bestselling author of If I Stay and I Was Here, 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. PRAISE for I Was Here: 'I Was Here is a pitch-perfect blend of mystery, tragedy, and romance. Gayle Forman has given us an unflinchingly honest portrait of the bravery it takes to live after devastating loss' Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower 'Not only beautifully written and heartwrenching, but IMPORTANT. Wow. Just, wow' Sarah Dessen 'A potent rite-of-passage tale' Sunday Times 'Irresistible tear-jerker' New York Times

Librarian's Book choice

'I have lost my way'. A simple, heart-breaking sentence, an admission, a plea for help and a conclusion drawn independently by Nathaniel, Freya and Harun; I have lost my way. But when Freya falls from a bridge (onto Nathaniel, witnessed by Harun) the three inextricably cling to the company of each other. Not quite recognising the loss inherent in one another, they do however recognise that their meeting is a blessing and together can hope to find their way again.

Taking place over the course of a day, spliced with flashbacks to give an insight into the backstory of each, we see how simple contact and connection allows each the confidence to resolve their loss. Building a friendship they support one another, slowly understanding what it is each one needs.

Gayle Forman gives us three very different characters each with an absorbing history, touching on a whole range of topics. She has created three very likeable young people and has delivered another excellent story charting loss and friendship, and finding a way back to who you believe yourself to be.

288 pages / Ages 14+ / Reviewed by Catherine Purcell, school librarian.