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Forgotten Hardcover – June 7, 2011

4.2 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Forgotten Series

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"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?

"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

"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

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316094617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316094610
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,395,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very disappointing. It had so much potential. The plot sounded so amazing and original to me. It's too bad that it wasn't executed as well as I had hoped for. The only good thing about the book that I can think of is the plot itself.

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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A novel that will push readers to question "what if". London Lane is a very interesting girl that has to relearn her life every single day. After a traumatic experience as a child; London remembers the future, but can not retain anything from the past. This is a very intriguing concept, and readers will find their selves questioning the possibility of such an experience. Would it truly be possible for someone to survive living with no past memories? For London memories are erased every single day at 4:33 am. The only way that this young girl can force herself to remain even remotely normal is when her dedication to notes that she will have to reread every single day. As the story progresses some latent memories resurface giving readers hope for the future of this character. The story is very entertaining and will grab readers from the start. The conclusion developments anticipate a sequel the story, and what the future for London Lane will offer.
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While London Lane sleeps, her day is erased and while she's awake she experiences flash forwards. She remembers what she's seen that will happen and forgets what already happened... unless she writes it down.

When I started reading this book, I had to read certain sentences and even paragraphs over again so I could be clear. By the time I got to page 30 I got the gist of what was going on with London. This teenage girl had a lot to deal with, especially when what she called a `dark memory' came. I wasn't sure, though, why the author used phrases like `forward memories' or `remembering the future'. Why not call it premonitions or psychic or even prophesy? I guess that doesn't really matter, but since memories are about `past' happenings I was just wondering. But then again, if London could only remember the `flash forwards' without having to write them down, they were the only memories she had.

What I thought about most as I read this story is how much I liked Luke. I'm sure there are teenage guys who wouldn't be as understanding about London's `memory issue' as Luke was. He was a mature young man with a good heart. London was an interesting character and I felt for her, because it took a lot of work for her to live her life. She had to keep notes; lots and lots of notes. When it came to `the present', reading was remembering. I was not happy with her, though, when she lied to Page. What she told one classmate could have started lots of trouble for another.

I don't believe London's friend, Jaime, was really angry with London, but feeling guilty about the choice she made. Why would she think her `friend' would go along with what she was doing?

London's mother, Bridgette: What she kept from her daughter, she should have told her.
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I really, really wanted to like this book and after reading so many glowing reviews, I wonder if I'm just missing something.

***minor spoilers ahead***

I just kept getting bogged down by the premise that London only "remembers" the future. I understand why she might forget the past, but no where was there an explanation for how she is able to see the future. Plus, there was never a good explanation for why she didn't "remember" Luke.

The twisty ending was okay, but it came rather abruptly and without as much resolution as I would have liked.

I also got annoyed with the paradox of only knowing things that haven't happened. I just don't see how London could function as a normal person at school, even with her notes. Even if I accept that she knows things from her future, I still can't grasp that she could learn normally and actually get through high school.

I also don't understand other character motivations - especially Jamie and Luke. I've been a teenage girl, and friendships are based on closeness and being able to tell someone *everything*. I can't imagine how Jamie could stick with London when London only remembers what she chooses to write down.

I also have a hard time with the general YA philosophy of the "perfect" boy who falls in love instantly and would do anything. Luke may be great, but he is still a 17 year old boy, and again, it doesn't ring true that he would be so enamored with London's condition over the long term.

I give this book 2 stars (I really go by the descriptions - it takes a lot for me to give a book more than 3 stars) because I thought the premise was unique and interesting, in my opinion, however, the execution and follow through was flawed.
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