Review: I Have Lost My Way – Gayle Forman


I Have Lost My Way – Gayle Forman

I Have Lost My Way

Title: I Have Lost My Way

Author: Gayle Forman

Release Date: March 27, 2018

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 258

Source: Public Library

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.

5 out of 5 stars


This book was AMAZING.

This book fulfilled the challenge of ‘read a book with a beautiful spine’ for Booktubeathon. I’m right on track! It’s such an amazing feeling :)

Wow, okay this book was just what I needed. It was the perfect mix of loss, grief, happiness, and love. I just can’t express how beautifully it was written and how it came together so seamlessly.

This story followed three main characters who fatefully meet up when a girl falls off a bridge onto a stranger, and the whole event is witnessed by a boy walking in the park. The girl, Freya, is a musician. She’s about to be known as “famous” because of her YouTube channel and her music deal with one of the biggest producers available. She’s about to really “make it” when she loses her voice. She falls onto a boy named Nathaniel. He is visiting New York City and is just slowly making his way through life. He’s depressed. He doesn’t know what to do. He’s broken. The whole scene is witnessed by a boy named Harun. Harun is about to be sent to Pakistan to find a bride, but he hasn’t told his family his biggest secret. He’s gay, and he’s known since he was 9 years old. He knows they would disown him, so he just runs off for the day trying to get away from his family…

Now, this plot sounds all over the place, but it comes together so beautifully. There are so many little nuances that make it feel so real and right. I’m just so impressed with this book. The friendships that developed were so… real and raw. They needed each other and it was just so perfectly written.

I loved the characters from this book and was so invested right away. I think this book took place over one day, and I loved that it was such a short time line. I just loved so much about this book and was blown away by it. There were so many different layers to the story that just added so many different levels.

I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read more by Gayle Forman.

Review: Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5) – Gayle Forman


Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5) – Gayle Forman

Just One Night (Just One Day, #2.5)

Title: Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5)

Author: Gayle Forman

Release Date: May 29, 2014

Publisher: Viking Children’s Books

Format: eBook

Page Number: 40

Source: Barnes and Noble eBook

After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace. Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective. Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.


4 out of 5 stars

I think that this was a pretty decent ending to this duology. I didn’t love the second book, so I didn’t really mind not knowing what happened, but I am glad I read this. It didn’t take me long because it was only 40 pages, so I would recommend this because of the length and the closure it gave. I don’t think that this story is realistic because you don’t really fall in love in one day, but it was a cute idea. The main plot behind this novella was Allyson and Willem meeting again and talking for a while then deciding they need to have sex like right that second.

I just think it’s funny that relationships in books are so physical. Just love the person for who they are, not how they are in bed. It’s whatever.

The ending was super cliche, but it was actually kinda cute. I recommend this book to people that have read the duology and enjoyed them.

Series:

Just One Day (Just One Day #1)

Just One Year (Just One Day #2)

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Review: Just One Day (Just One Day #1) – Gayle Forman


Just One Day (Just One Day #1) – Gayle Forman

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Title: Just One Day

Author: Gayle Forman

Release Date: January 8, 2013

Publisher: Speak

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 400

Source: Bookstore

Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.

The first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Allyson isn’t the adventurous type of girl at all, She has always planned everything, and her Europe trip after graduation wasn’t any different. Her parents gift her a trip with an organized education group. She goes with her best friend, and she follows all the rules and doesn’t go to the pubs with the rest of the group. The group is in line for Hamlet when some actors and actresses come up to them with flyers for the play they’re performing. The two friends ditch the long line and follow the directions to an outdoor clearing. The group stars performing, but this is a different kind of performance. The actors are running around and acting instead of staying in one spot. Allyson and her best friend are clapping after they’re done performing and one of the actors flips a coin around his knuckles then sends it flying toward Allyson. She catches it then claps even more. Allyuson and her friend go back to the hotel and fall asleep so they can get up for their train ride back to London when the actor from the performance comes up to them. The man who comes up to the pair is named Willem. Allyson recognizes him as the man who threw the coin at her during the performance. “Will you go to Paris with me?” Willem asks Allyson. She doesn’t know what to do… I mean what’s just one day? This story was a little far fetched, though.

Characters:

I liked Allyson. I mean she was a perfectly nice character, but what nineteen year old girl just goes to Paris with a complete stranger. There were some character flaws with that. She was a little too trusting with strangers. I’ve never been to Paris, but I’m pretty sure that no matter how charming you are, locals will not be that nice and they won’t take you to tulip farms at 5:30 in the morning. Willem was perfect for that one day though :)

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose Allyson because she got to go to Europe. I want to live in Europe more than anything. I live in a small town in the midwest United States. I want to go somewhere, and that somewhere happens to be Europe. I will go to Europe and live there. It’s going to happen.

Series:

Just One Year (Just One Day #2)

Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5)

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