Saturday, January 19, 2013

Forgotten by Cat Patrick [Review]

Forgotten4.5 out of 5 Robots!
   


Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Genre: Young Adult
Release: June 7, 2011
Hardcover: 304 Pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon




Book Summary:
Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can "remember" are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you'd easily forget, yet try as she might, London can't find him in her memories of things to come. 
When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it's time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future. (Courtesy of the Publisher)
 
Shannon's Thoughts:
Forgotten has a neat little premise.  It reminded me of that Drew Barrymore movie, "50 First Dates", where she never remembered the day before.  Only in this case London forgets the past, but remembers her future.  Tricky.  There were some parts that didn't totally make sense to me (especially when things start to get revealed).  I found it best not to think to hard about London's memory issues and just go along for the ride.  Also, it is never really explained why she is like this.  You find out when it happened and what spurred it, but you never really find much past that.

But it was interesting to see how London handles being a teenager when she can't remember yesterday.  She sees the futures of her friends and classmates and carries around the knowledge that they may experience some hard times.  Things get especially sticky when London sees her friend's future and it isn't pretty.  She has to decide if she will try to intervene.  And even that doesn't go well.  And then London falls for Luke Henry.  I especially liked watching London try to navigate a relationship with Luke.  Luke is adorable, by the way.  They have a very sweet, down to earth relationship. 

Things get a little crazy at the end and the book takes some very unexpected turns. But I thought it was extremely well written and interesting.  London is a great narrator.  I love her little comments and self deprecating humor.  I was draw in almost from page one.  Forgotten is written with a great combination of humor, thoughtfulness and suspense.  The ending left a lot of things in the air, but didn't feel cheated or disappointed.  I like that it was so open ended because it allowed me to envision the future I think they all have.


3 comments :

  1. Interesting plot - almost like being a seer, but then the next day you forget, so you don't even know if what you "saw" really happens....I would be going in circles trying to work this out in my head as I'm reading....might have to read it anyway, ;)

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  2. I've read one of Cat's other books and I really liked her writing style, she brings up some interesting ideas in her books. I want to read this one, but I'm a little disappointed to hear that a lot of what happens is not fully explained, I feel like something as big as this memory loss needs a lot of explaining to it. I will read this one at some point though, just to read more of Cat's work.

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    1. I totally know what you mean. But it didn't really bother me because I felt like it was secondary to the main point of the book. In some ways, I like having a bit of a mystery to it. Sometimes I think authors feel they need to explain "mysterious" happenings, but it can bog the story down.

      Shannon @ Rex Robot

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