August 5, 2012

Review of Forgotten by Cat Patrick


Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can “remember” are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you’d easily forget, yet try as she might, London can’t find him in her memories of things to come.

When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it’s time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Publish Date: June 7, 2012
Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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** This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion **

How would I describe Forgotten…something like a mishmash of the movies 50 First Dates and a totally backwards Momento.  Yah, that sounds about right.

Forgotten is about a young girl named London Lane who, at the stroke of 4:33 am, forgets everything that has happened in the past.  She can only remember the future.  I know confusing right!  When I first started reading the book, I was lost beyond belief.  I had no idea what the heck was going on.  But once the reasoning is explained, it all falls into place.

“I remember forward, and forget backward.

My memories, bad, boring, or good, haven’t happened yet.”

I finally caught on to what was happening after she has a memory of being at a funeral.  Basically, London describes it as being able to remember every detail of the funeral, the smells, the feel, her surroundings.  She will remember all the details of the event until it actually happens.  Once it happens, she will forget it.

It’s because of this that London must write a letter/list to herself every day, describing what is going to happen at school, what her classes are, what she will wear, what to look for, conversations to avoid, etc.  Not everyone knows that she has this disability.  Only her mother, her father, and her best friend, Jamie.

One day, London meets a boy at school, Luke Henry.  He is sweet, mysterious, and hella hot!  And she has no memory of him, and so does not foresee a future with him.  But London has a serious crush…a crush she won’t remember tomorrow.  So what does she do?  She writes a note to herself about Luke.  I found it so cute and adorable how she reacts every time she sees/meets him for the first time.  Totally 50 First Dates style.  I found myself looking forward to them meeting again “for the first time”.  And basically, Luke has to pretty much woo her every time they meet.  I loved it!  So sweet.  Every day is like the first time for them and I found myself smiling so much.

Aside from the sweetness that is Luke, London can’t shake the memory of the funeral she saw.  Who’s funeral was it?  Who are the people that she sees as mourning at the grave site?  As little details are being pieced together, a horrible secret is uncovered and turns everyone’s lives upside down.

This book was amazing!  After being confused for just a short period of time, I was completely swept up in the life of London and her memories.  Cat Patrick does an amazing job of getting the readers to understand the situation with her memory and how it works.  She does such a phenomenal job of wrapping the story around this disability, and in doing so has created a read that is so emotionally intense and heartbreaking, but also full of wonder and excitement, and first love.

Once you think that the story is going one way, Cat throws in this curve ball that I seriously did not see coming.  It totally mind warped me, and I was like “where the heck did that come from?”.  It was fantastic!  You know a book is awesomesauce when you finish it and give it a hug.  Oh yah, that’s right.  I did that.

Fans of psychological reads will fall head over heels for Forgotten, and will fall in love with Luke and London.

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  1. JennRenee

    Loved this book. Great review. This was the first book I read by Cat and I am looking forward to more!

  2. JennRenee

    Loved this book. Great review. This was the first book I read by Cat and I am looking forward to more!

  3. Wow! Sounds good but I would have probably been super lost if I hadn’t read this review and picked it up!! I am going to be looking into this one for sure<3

  4. Your review makes me want to go pick it up right now and read it it sounds so good.

  5. Totally pick it up! Such a great read.

  6. kimbacaffeinate

    Wow, this does remind me of those movies, but with a also reminds me of While I Slept. Creepy, so glad you enjoyed this one once you got comfortable with what was happening

  7. Kelly

    Sounds really good! I just put it on my tbr list. Loved the trailer too! Sounds a little different!

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