Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Me on Forgotten

Title: Forgotten
Author: Cat Patrick
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Every night at 4:33AM, London Lane's memory resets and she forgets what happened that day. All that's left behind is a note, written by London herself, reminding her of the big things that happened and the stuff she has to watch out for. It doesn't make high school any easier, or dating, but she's trying. Even when a new guy shows up. But London starts seeing some strange things and wants to learn more about the past she keeps forgetting, before it ruins her future.

Such an interesting concept. London's memory resets at 4:33 in the morning every morning, but she remembers little bits of the future. It's such a mind-blowing idea, reading this book was exciting. Something would happen that the reader knows all about, but London wouldn't and had to figure it all out again.

This book has a unique psychological aspect to it. To be unable to remember your past while discovering moments of your future is different, to say the least. I was waiting for London to be a very 'living in the present with no cares' character, but she wasn't. She was concerned about what she'd forgotten and what was going to happen, like her memory loss was so much more of a curse than it might've been to a different character. London was strong after learning how to cope with this curious part of her life, but she still needed support, needed more than just her mother or her friend.

Luke showing up surprises her. She's drawn to him, wants to talk to him, but he's not in her memories of the future. Why isn't he there? Does something happen to him? It made their relationship interesting, not remembering a guy you have a crush on but seeing him at school every day and finding him attractive.

And there are some things both London and the reader doesn't know, so some of the mystery is still there, still weaved into the prose and the pages to be discovered.

Mysterious and romantic, Cat Patrick's debut novel was an evenly-paced glimpse into a young girl's life, a girl who can't remember her past but somehow knows parts of her future. Unique and different, this book will grab hold of readers and show them a different side of life, show them how important memory is and what can happen when you have none.

1 comment:

  1. Ooh, I really want to read this one! The concept is just so interesting, I agree.