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
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!