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I Have Lost My Way
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I Have Lost My Way
A powerful display of empathy and friendship from the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of If I Stay.The New York Times bestseller from the author of If I Stay "Heartwrenching...If you are ready to...
A powerful display of empathy and friendship from the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of If I Stay.The New York Times bestseller from the author of If I Stay "Heartwrenching...If you are ready to...
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  • A powerful display of empathy and friendship from the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of If I Stay.
    The New York Times bestseller from the author of If I Stay

    "Heartwrenching...If you are ready to be emotionally wrecked yet again, you are in luck." - Hypable
    A fateful accident draws three strangers together over the course of a single day:
    Freya who has lost her voice while recording her debut album.
    Harun who is making plans to run away from everyone he has ever loved.
    Nathaniel who has just arrived in New York City with a backpack, a desperate plan, and nothing left to lose.

    As the day progresses, their secrets start to unravel and they begin to understand that the way out of their own loss might just lie in help¬ing the others out of theirs.
    An emotionally cathartic story of losing love, finding love, and dis¬covering the person you are meant to be, I Have Lost My Way is best¬selling author Gayle Forman at her finest.

    "A beautifully written love song to every young person who has ever moved through fear and found themselves on the other side." - Jacqueline Woodson, bestselling author of Brown Girl Dreaming
 

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  • From the cover ***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected copy proof***

    Copyright © 2018 Gayle Forman

    1

    I HAVE LOST MY WAY

    I have lost my way.

    Freya stares at the words she just typed into her phone.

    I have lost my way. Where did that come from?

    "Excuse me, miss," the car service driver repeats. "I think I have lost my way." And Freya startles back to reality. She's in the backseat of a town car on her way to her seventh—or is it eighth? —doctor's appointment in the past two weeks, and the driver has gotten turned around outside the tunnel.

    She toggles over to her calendar. "Park and Seventieth," she tells the driver. "Turn right on Third, then left on Seventy-First."

    She returns her attention to the screen. I have lost my way. Eighteen characters. But the words have the undeniable ring of truth to them, the way middle C does. The way few of her posts these days do. Earlier this morning, someone from Hayden's office put up a photo of her gripping a microphone, grinning. #BornToSing, the caption read. #ThankfulThursday. Really it should read #TBT, because the image is not only weeks old, it's of a person who no longer exists.

    I have lost my way.

    What would happen if she posted that? What would they say if they knew?

    It's only when her phone makes the whooshing noise that Freya realizes she did post it. The responses start to flow in, but before she has a chance to read them, there's a text from her mother: 720 Park Ave, and a dropped pin. Because of course her mother is monitoring the feed as vigilantly as Freya. And of course, her mother has misunderstood. Anyway, Freya hasn't lost her way. She's lost her voice.

    She deletes the post, hoping it was fast enough that no one screenshot it or shared it, but she knows nothing on the internet ever goes away. Unlike in real life.

    Her mother is waiting for her when the car arrives, pacing, holding the test results from the last doctor, which she had to hightail it into the city to collect. "Good, good, you're here," she says, opening the door before the driver has pulled to a complete stop and yanking Freya to the sidewalk before she has a chance to give him the ten-dollar tip she's holding. "I already filled out the paperwork." She says this like she did it to save time, but she fills out the paperwork at all of Freya's doctor's appointments.

    They're ushered straight past reception into the examination room. It's the kind of service a $1,500 consult, no insurance taken (thanks, Hayden) buys you.

    "What seems to be the problem?" the doctor asks as he washes his hands. He does not look at Freya. He probably has no idea who she is. He looks old, like a grandfather, though reportedly he has treated the sort of one-named wonders that as of a few weeks ago everyone thought Freya was on her way to becoming.

    She wishes she'd read some of the responses before deleting that tweet. Maybe someone would've told her what to do. Maybe someone would've told her it didn't matter if she could sing. They'd still love her.

    But she knows that's bullshit. Love is conditional. Everything is.

    "She's lost her voice," her mother says. "Temporarily." She goes through the tediously familiar chronology—"third week in the studio" and "all going flawlessly" and blah blah blah blah—and all the while the phrase I have lost my way goes through Freya's head, like a song on repeat, the way she and Sabrina used to loop the same track over and over again until they'd dissected it, uncovered all its secrets, and made them their own. It drove their mother crazy,...

About the Author-

  • GAYLE FORMAN is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of If I Stay, Where She Went, Just One Day, Just One Year, and I Was Here, all of which are available on audio from Listening Library. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from February 5, 2018
    After being brought together by an accident in New York City’s Central Park, three struggling teenagers form a fast, powerful friendship in Forman’s elegant and understated novel, which alternates between their day together and flashback sections that carefully expose her characters’ losses. Freya, a singer on the cusp of stardom, has lost her voice, her sister, and her father. Harun has been dumped by the boyfriend he’s terrified to tell his Muslim family about. And Nathaniel has landed in New York City alone, leaving behind an unpredictable father incapable of caring for him. Forman (If I Stay) occasionally references the parable of the boiling frog, in which a frog in a pot of water doesn’t notice a gradual increase in temperature and is eventually cooked to death. In some ways, she performs a similar trick: readers may be so caught up in the intensity and warmth of the bond Freya, Harun, and Nathaniel form that they’re caught off guard by their story’s final act. But readers won’t finish the novel lost or bereft; this is a celebration of the lifesaving power of human connection. Ages 14–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.

  • AudioFile Magazine The narrators give individual strength to three characters who are all lost on their life paths. The narrators' intense deliveries project the characters' shared sense of isolation and the bonding that occurs after a freak accident. Famed singer Freya, portrayed by Nicole Lewis, loses her balance and falls on Nathaniel, who is portrayed by Michael Crouch. Lewis captures Freya's mix of diva cockiness and fear that a physical problem will destroy her career. Crouch's stilted, faltering delivery depicts Nathaniel's concussed condition, along with other mental damage resulting from years with his mentally ill father. East Indian Harun, the witness to the accident, is portrayed by Sunil Malhotra, who captures his accented speech and fear of disclosing his sexuality to his Muslim family. The gripping narrative ends with a stirring song sung by Sasha Abner. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award � AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 28, 2018
    With varying degrees of success, three actors lend their voices to the audio edition of Forman’s YA novel. The story centers on three young adults, all hurting in unseen ways, who stumble upon one another in Central Park and become ad hoc family over the course of a single day. The standout performance comes from actor Malhotra, who sounds entirely believable as Harun, a closeted teen who has kept his personal life hidden from his Pakistani immigrant parents for fear of hurting them. He is a diehard fan of up-and-coming singer Freya, the female member of the trio. Actor Lewis is convincing as Freya, whose gravelly speaking voice is feisty and confident, but she falters when providing dreadful accents for Freda’s fast-talking English music manager and Ethiopian father. The third performance, by veteran YA narrator Crouch as Freya’s love interest Nathaniel, is quietly effective as he inhabits an introverted character who opens up as he grows closer to Freya and Harun over the course of the book. There are lovely moments, but the performances never come together to form a cohesive whole. Ages 14–up. A Viking hardcover.

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