Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: June 7th, 2011
Source: Hardcover from Publisher
Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can “remember” are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you’d easily forget, yet try as she might, London can’t find him in her memories of things to come.
When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it’s time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.
Forgotten felt like just another one of the many young-adult debuts being released this year. I saw mixed reviews, and I was pretty sure it would be a disappointment for me. But I once I was pulled in, my thoughts changed. Forgotten has so much more to it, and I felt such a deep connection to the characters, it was hard to let go.
I’m not entirely sure how Cat Patrick was able to do it, but I felt like I really got to know London.
London Lane has a condition. She can’t remember her past. At exactly 4:33 AM, everyday, her mind resets itself, leaving her memory blank. She doesn’t remember what assignments are due that day, she doesn’t even remember what she wore to school the day before.
But she ‘remembers’ snippets of the future. She sees things that will happen, like her best friend’s ‘mistake’ that will take things to the police, or a funeral for someone she knows.
The funeral that London keeps seeing in her dreams is what causes her to find out more about her father, and another close relative she never knew about – or doesn’t remember.
The aspect of London Lane’s condition was unique. Even London herself was unique. I enjoyed getting to know her and finding out more about her past just as she did. I will definitely be on the lookout for what Cat Patrick has in store for us next!