“They may be complete strangers, with different lives and different problems, but there in that examination room they are measuring sadness the same way. They are measuring it in loss.”
I Have Lost My Way is a one-sitting type of novel: it is short, the prose simple, and the story goes straight to the point.
Following three different, yet similarly ‘lost’, young adults, I Have Lost My Way tells of their ‘unlikely’ (or fateful) encounter.
What I liked is that in spite of some sentimental moments, I Have Lost My Way is for the most part rather down-to-earth: it portrays three different ‘complicated’ families with sympathetic yet direct approach. The more ‘purply’ moments are balanced out by more realistic ones (eg. awkward and embarrassing moments/fears). The issues that our three protagonists face are established from the very beginning: occasional inclusions of past events pepper the main narrative (which takes place during the course of one day).
The problems/issues raised by this novel aren’t always well developed: juggling three different characters isn’t easy, and given the shortness of this novel, there wasn’t the time/space for Forman to fully expand each topic she attempts to tackle.
A few poignant moments are lost in a storyline that sadly doesn’t really deliver: promising start, good in-between, and then it all seems very rushed up. It was as if the story was sprinting towards its –rather inconclusive – conclusion.
✓simple, easy-to-read prose
✓inclusive characters and themes; Freya, Harun, and Nathaniel, all possessed an individual voice.
✓the relationship between the three protagonists
✗instalove…the romance could have been hinted at rather then so quickly established
✗Forman attempts to weave too many things in at once and ends up neglecting her own story
✗the ending clashed with the rest of the novel…
✗a lot sentimental phrases that at times seemed unnecessary
My rating: 3 stars