Book Review: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Forgotten by Cat Patrick Goodreads|Purchasing
Release Date: June 7th 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads description: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.

I wasn’t sure what to think of the summary. It  reminded me of the movie 50 First Dates, except she knows that she can’t remember. The disturbing visions give it an eerie feel. There’s not a lot going on with the cover, but there’s still something appealing about it.

The story starts with a note that includes what happened the day before, which was a Thursday. The note includes things she’ll need for the day and a few things that happened that day. Every morning at the same time, her memory resets. If she doesn’t write down what happened the day before, she doesn’t remember. So, if she goes to school and someone is rude to her but she didn’t write anything about them, she has no idea why. Add into that mix a new boy who takes a liking to her that she can’t remember, and things get even crazier! Every time she sees the gorgeous Luke, it’s like the first time and she is very enamored. He is incredibly sweet, and she doesn’t remember him without the help of notes.

(The rest of the review is slightly spoiler-ish, so I’m putting it behind a cut. It’s nothing huge but I’ll be safe!)

London’s mom and her friend Jamie are the only people in her life that know about her condition. While London can’t remember anything from her past, she can “remember” the future. She remembers tomorrow and years into the future, but things that happened in the past and the present day, she loses. But for some reason, she can’t see Luke in her future. She also starts “seeing” frightening things that unsettle her and trigger an investigation of her past.

I liked this story. Aside from the memory problems, London seems like a really normal high school girl. She has a party girl best friend, a crush on a gorgeous guy, and an annoying mom. And in my opinion, all the high school characters were believable as high school characters.  There were some twists, some were pretty interesting and some that were intense and maybe a little weird. I don’t want to say too much! Overall, while there were a few questionable pieces, I enjoyed it. It was a quick read, so it’s at least worth a look!

I went to Cat’s website (which has a pretty awesome setup, by the way) and I think that although Goodreads doesn’t have Forgotten listed as part of a series, it looks like Cat has a trilogy planned. I’m kind of excited to see how London deals with her condition and how things with Luke and her friends and family play out!


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