Monday, 11 July 2011

Review: Forgotten

Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Published: 7th June 2011
Publisher: Egmont Books


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

My thoughts:

There was a lot of hype surrounding this book and whilst that gets me ridiculously excited, I've also learnt to approach those books with caution, because they have been known be disappointing. So I sat down with Forgotten and had absolutely no expectations of it whatsoever. And you know what? It blew me away. 

It took me a while to get a hang of the notes she left herself I gotta say, but aside from that I had no problems with the premise. Oh, and the Luke thing confused me slightly, but other than that I found it to be really unique and gripping.

I really liked London, I thought she did an excellent job of handling a really awkward condition. She was really easy to like an sympathise with. I liked Luke too, their relationship developed really naturally which is unnusual for YA books nowadays. Her reaction to his revelation scared me a bit, the thought that someone could just do that was a bit shocking, and I thought she maybe went a bit OTT so I was happy when it all got resolved. 

I thought there were a few problems with how her future memories worked, god it's really hard to review without giving too much away, but I was definitely a bit unsure as to how she knew some of the stuff she did, and how it changed etc-what was that based on exactly? Did she know the future based on her own actions (which she sometimes tries to change) only or also on the actions of those around her? I guessed based solely on her choices, but I could be wrong.

I actually loved the ending, with all the revelations at once. A few people have said that left them confused and wished it had been better explained which I get, but I love it when authors reveal everything all at once and leave you reeling from it. 

My favourite part of the book though was the writing style. I thought it was excellently written, and it really tickled me every time London talked about remembering something that hadn't yet happened. The way certain events were slipped in was just really clever. 

Overall I genuinely think everyone should read this book, it's so interesting and so different from many of the books on the YA market right now. I thought it was intriguing and fresh and really exciting. I love books that mess with your mind a bit, and this definitely counts as one. If you haven't yet read this book, get it added to your reading pile pronto!



  1. I love your review! I need to get started reading this book! Everyone has been saying great thing about it.

  2. Definitely want to read this. Sounds amazing.

  3. I haven't read this one yet but I cannot wait to. And the idea of things being revealed all at once is appealing.

  4. I REALLY want to read this one!!!

    Great review.

  5. I LOVED this book and I'm so happy you liked it so much! This book is definitely one of my fave YAs of the year!

  6. I haven't read this yet, but it's in my review pile...I'll get to it someday, if I can ever work through the thing. Lol. I'm glad to hear that you liked it, though. Even thought I don't want to fall for the hype, it's still good to see when trusted bloggers like a book. Great review!

  7. I'm dying to read this one! I think I'm gonna have to buy it after my book buying ban is over, because it just sounds so good. Glad to hear you enjoyed it - thanks for the review :).

  8. I'm glad you liked this book, It literally broke my heart when she put away all the Luke notes in that box and stuffed it in her basement. This is a great review Cait, I had the same problem you did, It was hard to review without giving too much away.

  9. Excellent! I look forward to reading this one as it sounds pretty unique. I've also heard that some bloggers have found it a bit confusing but I'm a pretty slow reader, so hopefully that might help me follow along with the story. Amazing review!

  10. I've GOT to get a copy of this book already! :) Glad you enjoyed it!

  11. This is one book that I have been very excited for. Every time I read another fantastic review like yours it makes me want to put down what I am reading right now and grab this book!

    Bonnie @ HandsAndHome

  12. I have read a few reviews on this and everyone seems to really like London! =)
    Look forward to reading this


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