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Forgotten by Cat Patrick

August 16th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: June 11, 2011

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: 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.

The synopsis of this book immediately intrigued me as it reminded me of the movie Memento which I absolutely loved.  I was a little leery of how well the story would be executed especially since you know there will be  a romance thrown in and how does that work when you can’t remember what even happened the previous day.  To say the story worked well is an understatement.  It blew me away and it was one of those books that when I closed the book after the last page I sighed in happiness over how much I enjoyed the book.

I loved London’s character and the blend of strength and vulnerability she possesses as she tries to live as normal of a life as she can with this handicap.  She literally has to leave herself a note each night about important events or reminders that happened that day or the next day it will be as if it never happened for London.  For a 16 year old it’s amazing how well she has learned to deal with her situation and still retain a relatively positive outlook on life.    Luke was great as well and was pretty much as close as you could get to the perfect boyfriend as one could expect.  I did find it suspicious that London and Luke were able to maintain a relationship for so long without Luke finding out about her condition.  So I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop to see if there was a dark secret that Luke was hiding.   The mystery of the dark vision London keeps experiencing also kept me in suspense for most of the book and when we find out the truth behind her vision my heart broke and I wanted to cry.

The only down side for me was I could never figure out if London’s fellow classmates had any clue of her condition.  It seems like they didn’t but I find that hard to believe even with all the notes she leaves for herself.   Plus I was curious how her notes worked.  Did she only read the notes from the past few weeks?  Did she have some weird filing system?  I mean she couldn’t read 10 years worth of notes every morning.  Still this book was fascinating and I absolutely loved it.  I only wish the ending were fleshed out a bit more and we could see how things progressed farther in the future.

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4 Responses

  1. Kailana

    This sounds interesting. It’s definitely different from the other trends of the moment.

  2. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    Oooh, I love Memento! I’ll definitely check this out.

  3. Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

    I just read and reviewed Before I Go To Sleep, which is an adult read about a woman with the same condition (I, too, loved Memento). I gave Before I Go To Sleep five stars (a rarety), and I think this looks like one to put on my to-buy list! Thanks for the review!

  4. Michelle

    I really enjoyed this one too! There were some questions it brought up for me in it’s execution but really, for the most part, I was able to suspend some reality and just go with it. Glad you liked it as well!

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