Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Review: Forgotten

by Cat Patrick

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publication Date: June 7, 2011

Each night when 16 year-old London Lane goes to sleep, her whole world disappears. In the morning, all that's left is a note telling her about a day she can't remember. The whole scenario doesn't exactly make high school or dating that hot guy whose name she can't seem to recall any easier. But when London starts experiencing disturbing visions she can't make sense of, she realizes it's time to learn a little more about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

Part psychological drama, part romance, and part mystery, this thought-provoking novel will inspire readers to consider the what-if's in their own lives and recognize the power they have to control their destinies.

My Rating / Review: 4 of 5 stars

Thought provoking and hopeful. This book surprised me in a good way. Just glimpsing through the summary, this storyline might remind you of "50 First Dates," where the main character wakes up each day forgetting what happened the day before and her supposed romantic relationship with a stranger. At least that's what I thought of. So I went into this book with some preconceived notion that it would be a light, comedic read - not expecting something with so much more.

London is the type of girl that everyone can relate to. She's not perfect. She has flaws just like everyone else, except hers just happen to be a lot more in your face. You see, London doesn't have a normal memory. She can't remember the past, but she can remember the future. I guess you could sort of call her a psychic in a way. Dealing with high school is hard enough with a memory, so I was curious to see how London would handle it.

Every night London writes notes to herself reminding her of what happened the day before. She knows what will happen the next day and who her lifelong friends will be. It isn't until she meets a boy named Luke who she has never seen in her future before that things start to become strange. Who is this Luke and why hasn't she ever seen him in her future? The more time she spends with Luke, the more questions arise. The story takes on a twist that I definitely didn't see coming.

I really loved London in this book. She's fiercely loyal to her friends until the very end. I loved the strength she had to be able to deal with what life has dealt her and still manage to be so optimistic. Her story unfolds in a way that keeps the reader guessing. Time almost seems relative - we get glimpses of the future, past and present as London is trying to discover the secrets of her past and why she can't remember it. I said before that this story left off on a hopeful note because you would think that since London can see the future, her future would be set in stone. But the truth is that only London can control her destiny and really... anything is possible. If you haven't already added Cat Patrick's debut novel to your "to-read" shelves, you should do it now!

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this one too. One of my 2011 favourites. I loved the relationship between London and Luke!


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