Forgotten, by Cat Patrick
Format: Kindle eBook
Release Date: June 7th 2011
Published By: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Taken From Goodreads.
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.
Uh oh... I can see that the iPhone Kindle app is going to become more addictive than my paper-book habit if I'm not careful. It's just so easy! There I can be, lying in bed and unable to sleep. I could get up...wander to a bookshelf and look at my TBR piles. But that's so far. My phone, however, lives next to the bed. And seriously, a click of a button later and I can have a new book in the palms of my hands. So I suppose you can guess how I came to have Forgotten in my possession.
Forgotten was just what I was looking for during my evening of insomnia (one of many such evenings). The story was gripping, the characters were interesting and I was able to read it in one sitting. Don't let the latter fool you; this isn't a simplistic read with little depth. Quite the opposite. Some of the paradoxes of London's bizarre condition will leave your head spinning.
Every morning, at 4.33am, London's memory of the past resets and vanishes. She does have memories, but they are all of her future. This can be heartbreaking and reassuring for her. If she argues with someone, she can "remember" their friendship being fine in the future. She can also see all of the trials and arrows that her friends and loved ones might have to suffer.
Aside from her name, London was a great character. She only had one moment of cowardice which soured her for me a bit, but I got over it as she was so cool. I admired how together she was in the face of both her inner confusions, and external antagonism.
Her best bud, Jamie, did my head in. London tries to do the best by her, but Jamie is too self absorbed to take advice, offered with love, from an infallible source. This irked me.
Luke is... well. In the tradition of the yummy male lead, he is yummy. My only qualm about him might be that he was a bit too perfect! He was caring, sensitive, hot, romantic, and did I mention yummy? His perfection put men of the real world to shame! But hush...don't tell my husband that!
I thoroughly recommend Forgotten! It might have your head whirling and the ending is, perhaps, a tad abrupt, yet the narrative and characters are engaging and enjoyable. Oh, and it's less than four quid on the Kindle Store!