Thursday, July 7, 2011

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Forgotten by Cat Patrick
June 7, 2011, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Read for 2011 Debut Author Challenge

Summary from Goodreads:

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 was hesitant to read this book. The original premise sounded a little cheesy to me, and it's been done in movies before (granted, I haven't seen those movies, but still.). I've heard nothing but great things about this debut, though, so I finally decided to snap it up after I processed my library's copy.I can honestly say that I'm so glad that I did!

This is not a cheesy story about a girl who has what we all know as amnesia, who forgets her name and everything else each morning when she wakes up. London remembers the vitally important parts of her life--her identity, her mom, and her best friend, Jamie--but the little tiny things--what she wore the day before, that she has a test, that she met an insanely hot guy--are left behind at precisely 4:33 each morning. To make matters worse, London can remember things, but they're things that haven't happened yet. That's right, her memories are of future events.

I love the way London copes with her condition in this novel. Through diligent notes she writes each night, London has a better chance of "remembering" things the next day. Her mom and Jamie are pretty adept at helping her with her memory, as well. I cannot even fathom how difficult it must be to start each day fresh, like London does. Yes, she remembers some people and events, but if she wants to remember why Page is pissed at her, she actually has to write it down. 

The story is compelling, and I tore through it, trying to figure out when and why London lost her memory, and, most important, will it ever come back? Plus, Luke is that typical decent-hottie-but-there's-something-else-there, and I really, really wanted to find out what that something else was!

Cat Patrick has done a wonderful job with her debut novel, and I cannot wait to read more from her. Forgotten is the kind of novel that has a wide appeal--it's contemporary, it's romantic, it's got a smidge of paranormal (London does see the future)...I would recommend it to almost anyone!

Borrowed book from library.
Enjoy your reading!

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