Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: I borrowed this book from the library
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~ The Blurb ~
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.
~ My Thoughts ~
Forgotten has been pretty high up on my TBR list since it first came out and I just couldn’t end 2012 without reading it. I am completely fascinated with memory issues and the premise of this book is so unique and the story was executed so well that it is going to go down among my favorite reads of 2012.
It took a little for me to wrap my head around exactly how London’s memory worked. Every day when London Lane wakes us she can only remember events and people that are in her future. She can remember her locker combination because she will use it tomorrow, and she remembers her best friend because she will be her best friend for years to come but she can’t remember things like the test she is to take that morning, or a conversation she had the day before. London is able to get through the day thanks in part to a highly organized cell phone (that her mom helped her program) and a series of notes that she leaves herself before she falls asleep. Part of her morning routine involves reading these notes so she knows what to expect from her day.
To say that Patrick had me hooked from the beginning is an understatement. In addition to an incredible and compelling story line she crafted characters that I truly fell in love with. London was the kind of character that you immediately need to know more about. Granted her memory issues certainly make her intriguing but it was her honesty and the fact that she was such a genuine and optimistic person that drew me in. It would be so easy for London to be bitter, or rebellious, or use the fact that she can’t remember the past to be all kinds of awful to the people in her life, but instead she is always looking for a way to make the people in her life happier or enrich their lives. Luke was another one of those immediately lovable characters and despite a lapse in judgment he was a really great guy. Together they were a couple to root for and I really wanted to see them last. It is impossible to imagine being in a relationship where you had to remind your partner each day who you were and why they love you, and similarly to have to essentially blindly trust your partner each day with your life and your heart.
A brilliant concept, strong characters and a great attention to detail makes Forgotten a book that I would read again and again. I would definitely recommend it to any fans of contemporary YA, or those who simply love a great story and compelling characters.