Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Book Review: Forgotten



Media Type: Book
Title: Forgotten
Author: Cat Patrick
Publisher: Little, Brown
Pages: Hardcover; 304
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Source: Publisher/TBS
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Intended Reading Group:
Young Adult

Content Screening:
Nothing to report!

HDB Rating:
5 Keys to My Heart

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.


Wow. That's all I can start out with, is wow. I am utterly stunned by how original, how beautiful, and how amazingly captivating Forgotten was. I promise to do my best to explain without any spoilers, but let me just say that this is a book you need to keep your eye on. Trust me.

London Lane has an interesting problem. Every night when she goes to sleep, her memories disappear and she starts the next day with a blank slate. Sounds pretty awful right? Well that's what I thought too, but London handles her situation with the utmost grace and strength. I fell in love with her right from the start. Using a notebook and a specially programmed phone, London keeps her life on track the best way she knows how. It was fascinating to watch her go through her daily life.

Now if you're thinking that London is just like any other person who might have something like amnesia, let me guarantee you that you're wrong. See she may forget the past, but what is really captivating about her life is that she sees the future. It's not always clear, it's not always happy, but it's there. London lives her life in the future, because she cannot seem to remember her past. People who are unimportant flit by, but the people she knows will stick are always there to be remembered when she wakes up in the morning. The downside to seeing the future is that she can't change it. Or can she? Are you salivating over the prospect yet? As you should be! This added so much more to the story, especially when the mystery (that I won't spoil for you) comes into play. Did I mention this book is amazing?

In terms of the hot guy and romance that is promised in the synopsis, I was really pleased with how it all worked out. Instead of just throwing London into a new relationship with some unspoken connection, the two of them really do grow together. Cat Patrick also throws in some information that makes you feel really good about their match. On top of that, Luke is to die for. He's sweet, funny, sensitive, basically perfect. However he's not so perfect that he is unbelievable. Luke is the guy we all want in our lives. Flawed, but flawed perfectly. I think I might be in love too.

There are so many elements of this book that I'd love to shout from the rooftops, but I'll have to leave it here. Anything else would be a spoiler, and you all know my policy on spoilers. So therefore, you'll have to trust me when I say that Forgotten is well worth your time! If you want a story that is truly original, go and get a copy of this book. You won't be sorry.







FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

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