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 help¬ing the others out of theirs.
I was mostly underwhelmed by this story. This was my latest audiobook choice from my library. I picked it because I’ve read other books by Gayle Forman and enjoyed them. The description sounded interesting enough and I’ve heard some good things from those in the book blogging community that has read it already. I think maybe my opinion would have been different if I was reading this book instead of listening to it, but I listened to it.
This story follows three characters that have all ‘lost their way.’ The first being Freya who has lost her voice and is unsure that she will ever get it back. She’s unsure where her life can go from here. The second is Nathaniel who has lost everything that matters in his life and arrives in New York with a backpack and a destination until he runs into Freya that is. Our third main character is Harun who is letting life take him in a direction that he doesn’t really want to take. He’s letting others make choices for him so that he can hide from his problems and his true self for just a little longer. While I liked the characters, these people who are deeply flawed, just trying to figure out who they are and what their next step is in their lives, it was confusing having three different main characters. We’re following the story where the three characters meet and their stories intertwine with one another, but at the same time, we’re alternating between the three characters getting to know their histories and how they got to where they are now. So I was confused from time to time when we would switch from someone’s backstory back to the present day where the three characters were together. There was just a lot going on that was a little hard to follow in a few places.
As for the story itself, I found it pretty uneventful and unexciting. There were quite a few moments that made me think, “Hm, what an interesting connection.” But there wasn’t actually much action, the characters didn’t really do much. The majority of the plot was our characters learning things about themselves through their conversations and interactions with one another. I don’t mean to say this is a bad thing, it just wasn’t my favorite thing. I love when there’s a bit of both, self-realization but also a little bit of craziness.
I did enjoy the narrators of the audiobook. There were three different narrators and I think they did a great job reading the story and keeping me interested where the plot failed.
Overall I was underwhelmed by this story. I’m not really sure what I was expecting with this book, but I guess it was more than what I was given. I don’t think it was a bad book, not bad enough for me to DNF it, though I did consider it when I was about halfway through listening. I might recommend this to those that prefer more thought-provoking stories rather than one full of adventure and action alongside the thought-provoking aspects.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.
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