Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Review: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Genre: YA
Buy It: Amazon / Barnes & Noble 

The Story: 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.

My Review: *WARNING* I hate spoilers in reviews. HATE them. That being said, it's almost impossible to review this book without spoiling it a little. Anything I'm saying below can be gathered from reading the back cover of the book, but I personally think this book is even better without knowing what it's fully about before picking it up. So, if you'd like to not read the rest of this review, just know this:

There really isn't much about Forgotten that you can forget. It's gripping from start to finish and is a remarkable debut. It's absolutely one of my favorite books of the year! Really, really stunning.

And now, if you don't mind a tiny bit of spoilery type comments, read on:

London Lane has no idea what happened yesterday but she can remember the future just fine. Each night her brain resets and she's forced to trust her notes from the day before as to what's going on with school and her best friend. As if not remembering the past isn't bad enough, knowing what will happen to those around her in the future is twice as hard. As much as she loves her best friend Jamie, she understands what will become of the bad decisions Jamie makes today. And even though she'd give anything to help her friend, to warn her of what's to come, Jamie refuses to hear it. Sitting back and watching the train wreck happen isn't exactly fun for London. 

When a new guy comes to school, London finds herself instantly attracted to him. The problem is, she can't remember him from her future, so it wouldn't do any good to remind herself of him for tomorrow, would it? She'd do better to just forget him altogether, right? Luke (aforementioned hot new guy) has other plans. Despite the fact that she can't remember anything about him from day to day, Luke continues to show up and he's quite honestly one of my all-time favorite male characters. He's sweet, sexy and romantic. And, well, he's got some secrets of his own. 

One of the underlying threads of suspense in this novel is the memory that London keeps having that won't fully reveal itself to her. She only gets bits and pieces at a time, but those tiny snippets are enough to frighten London (and me!) to the core. What is it with this memory? What does it mean? When she finally remembers the whole thing, I very nearly lost it. I called my best friend (very late at night) and had to read it to her. It was so emotional, it kept me up for hours afterwards. 

The bottom line is Forgotten is brilliant. It's a suspenseful and sexy debut that will keep you up well past your bedtime. It's amazing and I absolutely loved it! 

My Rating

4 comments:

  1. I don't mind spoiler. If anything it makes me more excited to read it. Thanks for the review!

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  2. You reviewed this really well! I've got this coming in the post so I'm really excited about it now! Thanks for sharing =]

    The Cait Files

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  3. Really glad that this book is as good as it sounds!

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  4. great review! now I’m curious. I will list this on my TBR file:)

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