(EN) Review: Gayle Forman – I Have Lost My Way

Posted september 10, 2018 by Laurie in English, Recensies, Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I Have Lost My Way is the second book by Gayle Forman that I’ve read. I was a little reluctant since I enjoyed If I Stay, but I found it a bit strange. I was wondering how I would like I Have Lost My Way.

(EN) Review: Gayle Forman – I Have Lost My WayI Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman
Pages: 368
Published by Penguin Teen on April 1, 2018
ISBN: 1471173720
Also by this author: Als ik blijf

A powerful display 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 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, Gayle Forman's newest novel about the power of friendship and being true to who you are is filled with the elegant prose that her fans have come to know and love.

Messy formatting
The first thing that caught my attention was the messy formatting of the book. There were chapters, but it seems like that there are many chapters within the chapters. The changing of POV’s went so quickly that I really had to focus. They changed even after a few sentences. This is a big nope for me.

Furthermore, there was also a change of writing style. We got a little insight in the lives of Freya, Harun and Nathaniel and those chapters were told directly from their POV. The others however, created a distant look to the story. Here, Gayle wrote out of the third person instead of the first person. Not a particular no for me, but this was a mismatch for the impact of the story. It completely did not do the story right in my opinion. You can’t really build a relationship with the characters.

The three strangers coincidentally met in Central Park. Oh well, that’s quite common. But some parts of the story were really unbelievable. I can’t tell you what, for the sake of spoilers, but this can be a big big nope in contemporary. And yes, this was the case for me. In fantasy or dystopian I don’t really care, but in contemporary I do.

Entertaining, but not memorable
I Have Lost My Way was quite entertaining and a fast-paced book. However, it’s absolutely not memorable. It’s not bad and you can finish it in one sitting if you have the time, but I forgot most of it already. Will I read another one of Gayle Forman’s books? I doubt it. Eventually not soon.


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