Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Book Review: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Goodreads Summary:

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:

Before I start this review, just a quick warning. Most of it will sound like this: gush..gush..gush..squee..squee..gush..gush..Luke Henry..sigh. Now, I've got that out the way, let's start!

I love this book so much. Easily an instant favourite. The second I read the blurb and saw the beautiful cover (I actually saw the Aussie cover so I had to settle for the UK one. Boo!) I knew this book would be something special. I love it when a book has such an amazing and original idea that makes you go 'wow, why didn't anyone think of that before?' and Forgotten certainly doesn't disappoint.

The condition that our main character, London Lane, has is fascinating and equeally heartbreaking. London can't remember anything that's already happened to her but she can 'remember' what will happen in her future from what she will wear the following day to whether she'll still be friends with people years down the line. Sounds pretty great, right? But what about all those special memories like birthdays and first kisses? London has to experience them second-hand every morning through the notes she leaves herself. And knowing the future isn't always fun when she sees the terrible consequences stemming from her friends and families decisions.

I really felt for London. With her 'condition', I felt that she had to grow up quickly to cope. She was stuck worrying about the future when she should've been enjoying the moment and she felt responsible for the things that were going to happen because she didn't stop them. That's gotta be
exhausting! That didn't stop her from being sweet, strong minded and likeable, though and props to Cat Patrick for writing such a well rounded and realistic character.

Enter Luke Henry. Swoon. Luke was the new boy at school and London meets him during a fire drill but is totally confused when she can't see him in her future. Why can't she see him tomorrow in the lesson they share? And why didn't she write him into the note for that day so she wouldn't be wearing an awful lost-property ensemble when she met the hottie? She doesn't know but soon they start dating and she has to remind herself of him every morning. Luke is one of the hottest YA love-interests I've ever encountered. Gorgeous? Check. Adorable? Check. Sweet and funny? Check. Check. I seriously had to stop myself beaming at the book when I read about Luke and London's dates together. They are such an adorable match and I was definitely rooting for them every step of the way.

Forgotten is a gripping, unputdownable, heartbreaking but ultimately enjoyable read and I know I'll be visiting London's world many times. So raid the local bookshop/library as soon as you can if you haven't read it yet. Seriously, RUN!!

Rating: A+
Cover: B+

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