Author: Cat Patrick
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
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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.
~synopsis from Goodreads
Prior to my vacation, I was looking through the books I chose to bring with me on vacation. I picked this one up and read the first couple pages. I got hooked on the idea even more than the synopsis led on. Talk about intrigue. I spent the second half of the ride down to NC reading this whole book.
London Lane (which seems more like a comic book character name than a fictional character name) can’t remember the previous day. She can only remember what takes place in the future. She knows things that people are going to ask her and things that people are going to do. But she can’t remember what she wore the previous day or what she did last night. So she writes notes every night before bed reminding herself of everything she needs to remember the next day when her mind is reset and her past is lost.
When she meets Luke, she is left wanting more. Yet, she can’t see him in her future. Why bother trying to take note of him to remember him? So she doesn’t. At first. She can’t help but want to be with him, despite not being able to remember him from yesterday. Luke is truly amazing. Their first date with that past life scenario they posited. Cutest. Thing. Ever.
London tries her best to keep some of the bad future memories from turning out like they will. There is only so much she can do, the rest is up to the other people involved. Her best friend Jamie doesn’t like hearing about it, especially when it rains on her parade. Then London starts to see a new future memory, one that takes place at a funeral. Who is going to die? She only gets it in little clips, so she keeps coming to different conclusions, but never any real answer. Piece by piece, she uncovers clues about what will happen. She also tries to recover her past, tries to tap into her real memory, things that have already happened.
By the time we’re nearing the end, we discover unexpected answers to questions we didn’t even dream to ask. I guessed as it went along, and although a couple pieces fit the way I thought they would, I did not expect the whole picture. In fact, it was nothing I even thought would be possible. And the end. The end was brilliant. Brought everything full circle and didn’t leave me hanging.
Forgotten was an incomparable novel. There is absolutely nothing that could ever top how one of a kind it is. The premise alone is fascinating. The story itself is captivating. The love story of London and Luke is charming. Cat Patrick has impressed me with her ability to spin this tale in the most seamless way. I couldn’t help but pre-order a copy of her next novel, Revived.
Exceptional: Stay up until at least 1 AM