Monday, June 20, 2011

Book Review: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Title: Forgotten
Author: Cat Patrick
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Little, Brown
ARC, 288 pages
Date Published: June 7, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
What if every day when you woke up, you had no recollection of the days before?

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.
Forgotten explores an almost backwards memory situation with London Lane remembering the future, but never the past. The only people she recognizes are those who are in her future, those she’ll see tomorrow or the day after that, or who she’ll encounter years down the road. This can be slightly confusing at first, but gets easier to understand as the plot progresses. As great as it may sound to remember the future, it’s not. London is faced with knowing how relationships turn out, how each person she comes across will impact her life, and how the gorgeous Luke Henry – a new student who is kind and friendly to London – is not someone she remembers from her future.

London is easy-going, despite her recall issues, but can also be a little self-absorbed. Her voice is strong, somewhat sarcastic at times, and good-natured, but she acts a bit snooty towards her mother and can come off as a little abrasive. She can’t remember the past, so it’s understandable that she’d have some day to day anger. She has to prep for school each day by reading notes she wrote the day before. The only people who know about her problem are her mom and best friend Jamie. It’s a tough situation, only made more complicated by her recurring nightmare of a funeral that reveals more and more each time she has it. The nightmare pops up the same time that Luke Henry shows, adding to the mystery of what’s really going on.

One of the things I loved about Forgotten was that London’s mother was there, she was active, and she was a participant (despite London not really wanting her to be, at times) in London’s life. Jamie, London’s best friend, was also a great aspect, at least in the beginning. After London’s and Jamie’s falling out, Jamie becomes very unlikable, but it’s a testament to London’s character that she refuses to give up. Watching London forge on, without her best friend but with the knowledge of how things pan out, is surprising and very inspiring. It demonstrates how powerful friendship and loyalty are to her. It shows that London is a caring person who values everything and everyone in her life.

Forgotten is a quick, unputdownable read. The premise is gripping and though-provoking, with glimpses into morality and right and wrong. London’s entire existence is based upon what information she allows herself to know, meaning: London’s world is unreliable. She can lie to herself and change her perception of her life and her relationships. And she does just that. It makes for an interesting and captivating read. Add a sweet and then sizzling romance, along with a memory mystery, and you’ve got yourself a fantastically intriguing and unforgettable (pun totally intended) read.

Opening line:
Aren’t Fridays supposed to be good? ~ pg. 3

Favorite lines/passages: Funny how possibility can lift you. Funny how reality can slam you down. ~ pg. 15
*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Little, Brown & Big Honcho Media has kindly offered up the following giveaway:
Keep favorite memories near with this Forgotten prize pack!
A Digital Photo Keychain and a copy of Forgotten

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Trisha Wolfe said...

Sounds awesome! On my TBR list =D thanks for the giveaway!

April X said...

Thanks for the review and giveaway, this book sounds excellent :) said...

Your review was awesome. The video- not so awesome. Almost turned me off of adding this one to me TBR pile. Almost.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

lmlong - Thanks for letting me know that you didn't like the video. I've switched it out for a different one that I hope you like a bit more :) Even if the video is not your thing, don't let it keep you from reading Forgotten because it is well worth a read!

YA Book Queen said...

Unputdownable? Ah, I so need to get this book. Everyone seems to love it!

Wonderful review! :)

Candace said...

I loved this book! Totally unique with an awesome MC and a swoonworthy guy :)

soulunsung said...

How much do I love the fact that the main character's name is London and the fact that it starts out at the end or well I guess way ahead in the future, with forgotten bits of the past. Haven't we all sort of wished we could forget some of our own past? lol. Although, for her, I'm pretty sure that it's a bit different. In any case, I really enjoyed your book review - very honest and insightful - definitely made me want to read the book that much more. Thank you, for sharing and thank you for being so generous and kind with the giveaway! :)

Suz @ A Soul Unsung
Don't Miss Out On My Current Giveaway! said...

Lol. I did add it Nikki, ordered it today. I just finished Divergent and can't wait for your review. Awesome book- totally lived up to the hype.

Mary Ellen said...

Thank you for the great review. I loved the video! And thank you for the chance to win!

Holly said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Lori said...

I completely agree! It was totally unputdownable and unforgettable (hehe!).

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Nice review!! I really want to read this one.


Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

soulunsung - THANK YOU for such a lovely comment! It really brightened my day...or night, since it's night right now :)

lmlong - Yay! And I can't wait to read Divergent. I'm hoping to get around to it very soon.

Lori - Look at you, being all funny with the pun.

Miss Lauren said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! You're so generous! You're review was awesome. Just made me bump it up my tbr list.

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