Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Review: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Book Description:

ARC, 275 pages
June 7, 2011, Hardie Grant Australia

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.

Source: Hardie Grant Egmont & Jennifer (Thank you!)

My Thoughts:

Everything that happened in the past is forgotten and the only way to remember them is to write them down in her notes. Can you imagine depending on your thick notes to tell you all the things you were supposed to remember? It was very risky! What if the notes got lost? Got ruined? Got burnt? There would be no way to recover your memories, other than asking the people who are close to you. But then again, how would you know them? Memories attach us to the people who are important to us. Through our memories, we identify ourselves, we know who we are. We should be thankful that we do not have to experience what London did. Her condition was a difficult one, special to some but heart-wrenchingly torturous to others.

London’s life was nowhere near perfect. She was unable to remember her past, prone to losing important bits of her life, and weighed down by the unfortunate future of the people around her, as well as of herself. The knowledge of the future and the capability of being able to change it lying in her hands were overwhelming. London feels that she was somewhat responsible for what happens to the people around her – just a little. She was a simple girl with memory issues who just want to enjoy life as much as possible. As she struggled with her friendship with Jamie, her love-hate relationship with her mother and her romantic relationship with Luke, her boyfriend, I saw that London was true to herself but at the same time she tried to consider the condition and feelings of these people. For a sixteen year old, that was quite mature.

Luke Henry, the boyfriend, was what I would call dream guy material. The guy was understanding, faithful, loving, considerate, persevering, funny, sweet and romantic. He was the kind who would be strong throughout trials while remaining true to his soft side. Luke was exactly what London needed. Their relationship was the clean, sweet, romantic and sometimes passionate type. It made me smile a lot!

When a strong memory of the future assaults her, London worried that it has something to do with someone important to her. She was determined to find out who the vision was about. As she went down that dark and feared path, she will discover something about herself that will change all the rules that applied to her condition. I was addicted with the unpredictability of Forgotten. The author was successful with making every page interesting and colorful. I found myself smiling, laughing, sighing in relief, close to tears, frightened and worried.

Forgotten is an outstanding rollercoaster of emotions and memories, a perfect blend of romance, mystery and visions. With the beauty of Before I Fall, Forgotten soars with a unique and captivating story that will leave readers breathless. I recommend this to people who like contemporary reads, unpredictable and strong novels, and visions! You won’t regret reading this!



  1. Brilliant review! Honestly, I have yet to read any less than 100% positive reviews for this and with good reason, it's such an incredible book. I'm so excited to see all the love spread for it lately! I too thought that London handled everything so maturely, she was such a likeable heroine. And yes! "sweet, romantic and sometimes passionate type" her relationship with Luke was such a highlight, one of my favourite fictional couples! <3

  2. This sounds interesting. In a way reminds me of the movie 50 First Dates.

  3. Thank you for the review, it does sound SO awesome!

  4. The premise is so interesting it reminds me a bit of the movie Memento, if you've ever seen it and I can't wait to read it! I haven't seen very many reviews of it so far, so I'm really glad to hear that its amazing!