Author: Cat Patrick
Genre: YA contemp (itsy bit of paranormal, since I don't know anyone with London's unique memory)
Release: June 2011
I got a box of books recently, and I think seven of the eight had faces of girls on the covers . . . not something I usually like. Still, the font is really cool, and I especially like the way the author's name is scrawled into the T. A kinda creepy (awesome) thing about this, though you can't really see it here, is that the girl's shadow wraps around the spine. It looks just a little ominous.
Goodreads summary here.
London Lane remembers the future the way most people remember the past. The events of each day are in her mind until they actually happen, and then, at 4:33 AM, they disappear as if they never happened. And London can't remember why.After I heard rave reviews from a few bloggers and learned Cat Patrick would be coming to Seattle, I added FORGOTTEN to my to-read list. When it arrived, I read WRAPPED and my sister read FORGOTTEN, and when she liked it, I knew it would be good. I had her read it to me when I was driving her around, and then blew through it on my own.
Through detailed notes before bedtime each night and the knowledge of her friends in the future, London manages to live normally--until a new boy shows up, a new boy of whom she has no knowledge. Despite not remembering him in her future, she's drawn to him, and she begins to wonder if his absence in her future is because she's repressing the memories. One thing is for sure: he does have a secret, and he may know more about her "memory" than he's letting on.
FORGOTTEN has mystery, romance, a strong protagonist, and a very unique premise, if a little confusing. Cat Patrick does a great job of not info dumping while not making "remembering forward" too difficult to understand (though it's still hard to wrap my mind around). While I loved most things about FORGOTTEN, I guessed the major twist from the very first appearance of the relevant scene, and that took away a lot of the suspense and made London's discovery a let down. There was one really well-done twist about the love interest.
I definitely recommend FORGOTTEN, especially if you are usually a paranormal reader who wants to venture into contemp, or a contemporary reader looking to dip your toe into paranormal.
I read while: well, I made my sister read to me while I drove :)
Kelsey scale: 4