Sunday, 30 October 2011

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Publisher: Egmont
Format: Paperback
Published: 6th June 2011
Number of Pages: 228
Book: Bought
Genre: Realistic-Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery, Contempory, YA
Recommended Age: 11+
Contains: Kissing, Mild Swearing
No Alcohol, Drug References
Author's Website: Cat Patrick

Here’s the thing about me: I can see the future in flashes, like memories.  But my past is a blank.
I remember what I’ll wear tomorrow, and an argument that won’t happen until this afternoon.  But I don’t know what I ate for dinner last night.  I get by with the help of notes, my mom and my best friend Jamie, and the system works…
Until now.  Everything’s falling apart.
Jamie’s going off the rails.
My mom is lying to me.
And I can’t see the boy I adore in my future.
But today, I love him.  And I never want to forget how much…

Forgotten                                                                   Review:
London Lane gets up, foe to school, hangs out, just like a normal girl.  But what makes London different is that, every night at 4:33am, her memory resets itself.  She can’t remember her past, only her future.  She just about manages to get through each day.  Until it all starts to collapse around her.  Suddenly, the ones she trust the most are lying or falling to pieces.  In fact, even London isn’t telling herself the truth.  And the boy she loves… she doesn’t remember him.  Which means he isn’t in her future.  Or that, one day, he will do something to hurt her…  But right now, right at this moment?  London loves him more than she thought was possible.  And then a memory emerges that changes her world forever…
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked this book up.  Definitely not the emotional rollercoaster, the epic love story, the intriguing mystery and the wonderfully strong characters.  It was just a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful story that had me in its grip from start to finish.  And once I’d finished, all I wanted to do was pick it back up and read it again.
ForgottenLondon Lane was someone I just instantly liked.  She knew so much, had so much to deal with.  She could see all the worst things, and she had to cope with it all.  And, God, I felt so sorry for her.  Even better: She was funny.  In a wonderfully snarky way.  And she had this habit of looking at shoes and guessing who was wearing them, something I found way too cute.  London had a worryingly active imagination, and was very clever.  This helped, ‘cause she was also scheming, a real evil genius.  But, what really hit me about London was that, if she had to remember something –wanted to remember something – painful, she had to re-remember it over and over.  Every.single.morning. How could do that?  She was just so strong, choosing to remember some things.  I know I would have taken the cowards’ route and forgotten…
Luke was sweet.  He seemed like he kinda wanted to avoid attention and was a little awkward at first.  And he was interested in ears – something that made me go: “Um.  Ooookkk.”  But he was just so cute!  He adored his family, his little sisters, and he was really romantic, cute, gorgeous. And he really loved London, so much.  I loved him! 
Jamie Connor, London’s best friend.  She was sweet and super protective towards London.  But why, why, why didn’t she listen to London?! 
London’s Mom was great, helping London deal with everything.  She was the perfect mother – supportive and completely devoted to her daughter.
I just loved the whole future-seeing thing: it was intriguing.  I did drive myself half mad by wondering why London was as she was.  A strange psychological quirk?  Or just plain psychic…ness?  And the way London got to fall in love over and over and over again?  So new and incredible.  So beautiful.  It was just such a perfect love story.  Plus, I think the two of them were just too cute!
I loved every moment of Forgotten.  I was completely thrown by the twists in the plot, glued to the page with suspense.  I adored the light romantic side – the one that was way too sweet to be real.  And I loved how it was written: London’s POV, present tense, with London’s notes, used to remember.  The writing was just beautiful; raw and emotional, wonderfully lyrical, full of suspense and love.  It was just perfect.  And: sequel potential – I am so, so, so hoping for a sequel!  I’m not ready to let these characters go!

Star Rating:
4½ Out of 5

Read this book if you liked:
Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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Unknown said...

I love your review! I just recently reviewed it too right HERE and I said that the end seemed a bit sequel-ly. Hoping and crossing my fingers that we're right!

Jennifer | Mrs Q Book Addict said...

Great review! I really enjoyed this one as well.

Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue said...

I really need to get my hands on this one. I marked it as TBR and forgot about it, but it's getting so much good hype. It sounds very interesting, and I am glad to see that the parental figures in this book were good and supportive and not dysfuntional as moms and dads are portrayed in so many novels!

Great review. :)

Hanna @ Booking in Heels said...

I read this a few months ago and really liked it.

I agree that the ending did seem like there should be a sequel, but Cat Patrick said there won't be. They are making a film though - they've already cast London and everything.