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Forgotten Paperback – May 1, 2012
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"Forgotten is a mind-bending experience that I devoured in one sitting. Cat Patrick's exciting and impressive debut still haunts me."―Jay Asher, New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why
"A captivating psychological drama, a toe-tingling romance and a completely original premise, Forgotten is full of twists and turns you won't see coming."―Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds, a 2011 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults book
"Cat Patrick's debut won't be forgotten by readers. It's a page-turning mystery and a heartrending story of love, loss and...memories of the future. Don't miss this one."―Gail Giles, award-winning author of Dark Song and What Happened to Cass McBride?
"Forgotten manages to be both a love story and a psychological suspense. It reminded us that the memories we share with the people we love are the most important ties that bind us together... Forgotten is unforgettable!"
"Forgotten is a thought-provoking debut novel and a glimpse at the mysteries of the brain. Experiencing London's dilemmas, readers can't help but ponder the importance of their own memories."
About the Author
On a rainy November morning, new baby sleep deprived, Cat Patrick forgot what she was doing. She retraced her steps but instead of remembering, the idea for Forgotten was born.
Cat lives near Seattle with her husband and twin daughters who now, thankfully, sleep through the night. Forgotten is her debut novel.
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Forgotten kept my interest for the most part, especially when dealing with her memories, the mystery behind the graveyard and who's funeral it could be and of course her relationship with Luke which was not always easy, also why I can say I really did like Luke because he was not willing to give up on her and was just an all around good guy.
I really did enjoy the book for what it was but it was no life changer or anything. There were a ton of plot holes left open. At the end of the book your still left with a lot of questions. I would like to know if London ever regains her ability to remember the past or what happens in the future between her and Luke. And then the mystery aspect of it which was pretty huge in terms of how it affected her but it seemed that it all happened too fast when there could have been more time spent on it going more in depth about the situation. Not to mention we learn that "mystery situation" is the reason for her memory defect but we get no answers on how she is able to see the future.
Overall this was a fast paced read, I loved the memory loss aspect of it but it just annoyed me how certain things weren't fully explained in the end.
** Mild Spoilers **
Cat Patrick's writing is simply effortless and sublime. The story immediately draws you in and holds you captive, not releasing you until the final pages. Sure, I had some problems initially, grasping the concept that when our protag, London, referred to "remembering" she was actually referring to her recall of visions she has of future events. Okay, yes, there's a learning curve here and, yes, it did pull me out of the story when I had to piece together future events with past events and reconcile that in my brain. Let's not, however, forget that whole sleep deprivation thing I mentioned earlier. But once I got it all down and my brain accepted this new thought process, it was smooth sailing from there.
So this whole premise is very interesting really. Waking up everyday, a blank slate. Your only real memories are of the people who have been/will be a constant in your life, their projected future a constant reminder of their importance. Yikes, I can hardly imagine the difficulties involved with keeping it all straight. For London, where the past is concerned, note taking is the only solution and has become a way of life. No note, no memory, no guidance through the social maze which is high school.
It becomes fairly clear early on that what London is suffering from is some kind of dissociative disorder/amnesia. Clues abound as the story progresses and hints to a death/murder in her past. It makes sense, the brain has a fascinating way of protecting itself. Only, I wish Ms. Patrick had spent a little more energy/time on this element. Yes, it's clear the why and when of it all. But can we get a little bit more of the how? That would have made this book perfect, at least for me. Aside from that I had few other problems and all of them were minor. There's one scene in which Luke reminds me a little too much of Edward (Twilight) with his stalkerish ways. Thankfully it's only one scene and then Luke returns to his sweet, affable self.
The dialogue in this book is some of the best I have ever read. In many instances, it feels as if you've been dropped into the middle of a conversation and the power of this realism only helps to propel the story along. Not that it needs help, mind you. The story itself is intense and interesting enough to hold its own. The pacing is wonderful and just the right amounts of information are revealed at simply the most perfect times, keeping the reader flipping the pages long after they should have been asleep (ahem, see above for sleep deprivation comment). Okay, so maybe the ending felt a little rushed, but by the time I got there it hardly made a difference. The journey had been well worth it in the end.
So, if you're out there, Cat Patrick, keep up the awesomeness! You are now on my list of authors to watch. I can't wait to see what you have in store for us!
I find the characters to be flat and boring. They don't grow or develop at the end like a typical YA novel. Of course, there is a solution the the memory problem London has, but did her character change? No. She's still the same London.
This book also has instant love, which to me is always bad. This book makes it even more unbearable because London falls in love with Luke before she even sees him. She doesn't remember the past, so she must write down what she's done in order to remind herself the next day. So, before she even sees Luke each day, she falls for him after reading her notes. I also don't see any chemistry between the two of them.
At one point, London and Luke has a huge fight. It was so bad that she decides to hide all her notes about him and tell her mom to never talk about him again. That is highly hypocritical since she basically did the same thing to him. She was being overly dramatic, but what made me roll my eyes is how she completely changes her mind and forgives him after ten to fifteen pages or so after the fight.
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