Book Review: Forgotten

Forgotten by Cat Patrick. 2011.

London has a unique problem. Every morning at precisely 4:33 a.m., her past is wiped from her memory, and she wakes up with only memories of the future. She remembers her future the way we remember our past, somethings are clear and others seem hazy. She’s able to cope with her problem by leaving herself detailed notes each night before going to sleep. Then London meets Luke, a boy she can’t seem to remember no matter how unforgettable their relationship is. London also keeps having visions of a funeral, but she can’t see whose it is. Her determination to find the answer will uncover long hidden family secrets, and perhaps the key to understanding her memory loss.

If you’re thinking this sounds an awful lot like 50 First Dates, you’re partially correct. The difference is that London only remembers people who will be in her future, aside from Luke, but no one from her past. First-time novelist Cat Patrick creates a compelling story though I could have used a little more explanation. I found myself slightly confused for about the first third of the novel until I could fully grasp London’s condition. However, that qualm is quickly overruled by my love for this book. It has the feel of a paranormal romance without all the angst of forbidden romance. Luke is definitely on my list for top male leads in a YA novel. He’s sensitive, caring and doesn’t give up on the love he’s found with London. London herself is a memorable character. She’s fiercely loyal and handles her problems with wit and determination. I think my favorite thing about her is that she isn’t whiny. Yes, there are times she gets frustrated with herself and her memory problems, but she moves on and deals with the problems at hand. The relationship between London and her friend Page feels realistic. I love that London doesn’t give up on their friendship throughout the entire book. The twists in the plot are also compelling. A few revelations sent me paging back through the book to see if there were any signs leading up to them.

All in all, a compelling read.

Lindsey L.