With the intrigue of "Memento" and the romance of "The Time-Traveller's Wife", "Forgotten" is the perfect YA novel.
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.
At first I really didn't know what to think about this book. I thought the writing was really simplistic and I thought the storyline was really quite weird. However I was still really curious which kept me reading. I am so glad I gave the book a chance because I actually really loved it.
London has a rare memory condition, every night when she goes to sleep her memory resets itself. She can't remember anything from the past. Not even yesterday, not what she was wearing, what she did. Nothing. But she does get flashes on memories. From the future. Then she meets Luke, the boy who makes her life better and worthwhile. But she doesn't remember him. Why is the boy who she is falling madly in love with not in her future?
This book is a great story but I found it kind of hard to get into at first. It was such a weird concept and I couldn't really get my head around it. How can someone remember the future? It just doesn't make sense. At first I found London a little annoying but then I put myself in her shoes and asked myself how would you react and what would you do if you couldn't remember anything? If you had no memory of the past? The more I read the more I wrapped my head around London's condition and came to sympathise with her.
I don't know if maybe I look at this book different because of being a Psychology student but I found myself asking why? Why does she have this condition and how did it happen? This is the part I had the most trouble with while reading this book. Cat Patrick does a good explanation of why this happened to London (I won't say what because it will ruin it) but it is a good explanation in fiction. It is not a realistic explanation and it doesn't make psychological sense.
By the end of the book I loved London and I felt like the ending was very optimistic and that the future looked positive for London and Luke. Luke, I loved him so much. He is like the perfect guy. He came to terms with her condition and even though she couldn't remember him he still stayed with her. No matter how hard it was to be with a girl who didn't remember him he wouldn't go and I loved that about him.
Overall I think it's a really good story. It's a very unique story that you won't find anywhere else and I think Cat Patrick did an amazing job writing such an unusual book. Yes the writing is quite simplistic that would annoy me in any other book but it completely fits with the tone of the book. How would you not think in simplistic ways if you have this psychological condition that London has.
I really hope that there is a sequel to this book as I would love to find out what happens next.