Forgotten

Forgotten

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by Cat Patrick
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Justine Magazine

"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!"

BookPage

"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."

Daisy Whitney
"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."
Gail Giles
"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."
PW

"With a bit of fantasy and lots of intrigue, Cat Patrick manages to capture her audience right from the start.... She has a nice, clear style of writing that will easily appeal to the young teenage group."
Publishers Weekly
Memory is a tricky thing, but never more so than for high school junior London Lane, who must write notes to herself each night, so that when she wakes up with her memory wiped clean, she can be reminded of past events in her life. And the "memories" London does have (including a friend's disastrous relationship with a teacher and a mysterious funeral) are of the future. It's an ambitious premise, and first-time novelist Patrick doesn't quite pull it off. The underlying "rules" of London's condition are murky; she remembers her mother and best friend's identities, as well as her own (presumably drawing from future memories), yet even months into a relationship with gorgeous new student Luke, she doesn't remember him without her notes. More baffling is London and her mother's lack of concern about her condition. "I wouldn't say that you're broken," her mother tells her. "You're special." (Meanwhile, London is still walking into the wrong classrooms on the last day of school.) London's romance and the story's several mysteries may draw in readers, but the inconsistencies prove frustrating. Ages 12–up. (June)
Jay Asher
"Forgotten is a mind-bending experience that I devoured in one sitting. Cat Patrick's exciting and impressive debut still haunts me."
--Gail Giles
"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."
--Daisy Whitney
"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."
—Gail Giles
"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."
—Daisy Whitney
"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."
From the Publisher
"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

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—London Lane, 16, exists in a state of "remembering" her future but not her past. She has a highly structured life, using notes and messages to help her remember events both important and trivial, from her class schedule and homework to what she wore the day before. Only her mother and friend Jamie know London's unusual secret. Thus, despite her strange condition, she is a typical teenager who tries to stay under the radar at school. London's orderly life gets shaken when she meets Luke, a new student to whom she is immediately drawn. As she has no "future memory" of him, she expects he will not be an important part of her life. Then, as their relationship grows, the mystery of her memory condition deepens. With Luke's steadfast support and help, the strange circumstances that led London to forget the past rise to the surface. This unique tale is quirky and funny and simultaneously offers readers a romantic mystery with intrigue. Patrick has created true-to-life characters in London and Luke, yet places them in a newly imagined scenario. While readers may at times join the memory-impaired protagonist in her confused state, ultimately this fresh twist results in an enjoyable read.—Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews

Imagine forgetting yesterday but remembering tomorrow.

Patrick's high-concept debut falls flat. Each morning at 4:33, London Lane's mind resets, blanking out the past—but she "remembers" her future. Doctors have been unable to solve her condition, so London stumbles through life faking normal, aided by notes and her mother and best friend (both of whom she "knows," thanks to future memories). Every morning she must study her own life. Enter hot boy, but despite the growing relationship, London can't remember him from her future. Luke's inexplicable presence and a resurfaced actual memory set London on the trail of her own past, in which she discovers a tragic mystery. She conveniently remembers just enough to solve it, and it turns out there are happy endings all around, although only a weak "explanation" for London's ability to effectively see the future. The flat main character and awkward necessities of writing to accommodate future memories hinder the promising premise. Present-tense narration in an adult voice (perhaps because London remembers forward?) and a personality is based only on who she will be make empathy difficult. This is compounded by the discomfiting circular logic throughout (she is friends with Jamie because she will be friends with Jamie; readers will still wonder why).

Ultimately, it's a mess, but intense romance means some appeal. (Pseudo-paranormal romance/mystery. 12-16)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316094603
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
376,180
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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Forgotten


By Patrick, Cat

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2011 Patrick, Cat
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316094610

Friday

10/14 (Thurs.)

    Outfit:

  • Straight-leg jeans

  • Navy tunic with the little flowers (wasn’t dirty— back in the closet)

  • Blister-inducing red flats

    School:

  • Bring book for English

  • Get Mom to sign permission slip for History

  • Spanish quiz tomorrow (not on syllabus)

  • Read over History homework in the morning… too tired…

    Notes:

  • Ate tons of carbs today. (Mom bought mint chocolate chip ice cream!) EXERCISE!

  • Ordered tights for Halloween

1

Aren’t Fridays supposed to be good?

This one started badly.

The note on my nightstand didn’t tell me anything useful. My eyelids wanted to stay closed; my favorite jeans were in the hamper; and there was no milk in the fridge.

Worst of all, my cell phone was dead: the shiny, candy red one that I’ll have until it falls into a gutter; the one that has the calendar and reminder bells and is essentially my portable, socially acceptable security blanket.

“You’ll be fine,” my mom said during the drive to school this morning.

“How do you know?” I asked. “I could have a huge math test today. There could be a school assembly that I won’t know about.”

“It’s just one day, London. You’ll be fine without your phone for one day.”

“Easy for you to say,” I muttered, looking out the window.

Now, right now, standing here, I have proof that my mom was wrong. I am not fine without my phone for one day.

Today is the day that I needed a new T-shirt for gym class. Had it not been dead, my phone, the phone my mom and I programmed together at the start of the year with important little reminders like this one, would have instructed me, in its tiny block lettering, to bring a shirt for Phys. Ed. today.

Therefore, today is the day I’m standing in gym shorts and my winter sweater, wondering what to do.

I can’t very well wear a sweater for basketball (which is what we’re playing, according to the board near the locker room door), so I ask Page if she has an extra top. We won’t ever really be friends, but she still responds overenthusiastically. “Sure, London, here you go. Forgot your clean shirt again, huh?”

Again?

I make a mental note to jot myself a real note later, while at the same time wondering why today’s note didn’t mention bringing a gym shirt.

Page interrupts my train of thought. She smiles and hands me a bright yellow oversized tee with a beaming cat on it that reads: HAVE A PURR-FECT DAY!

“Thanks, Page,” I grumble as I take the shirt from her and quickly put it on. It nearly covers the shorts—shorts!—that I’m already wearing. Why my locker contained shorts and not some other warmer, cuter piece of bottom-covering sportswear, I have no clue.

Note to self: add “bring pants” to note to self, too.

I feel like Page is watching me. I glance at her and, yep, she’s watching me. We exchange pleasant nods before I throw my street clothes into the locker, slam it, and head out to the gym.

As I walk, two thoughts run through my mind. First, I wonder whether Ms. Martinez will let me go to the nurse’s office for a Band-Aid to cover the painful heel blister that I can feel grating against my sneaker with every step. And, second, I can’t help but thank my lucky stars that only the twelve other hapless souls with first-period gym class will see me in this hideous ensemble.

Unfortunately for me, Ms. Martinez is a coldhearted woman.

“No,” she says, when I ask to go to the nurse’s office before the game begins.

“No?” I ask in disbelief.

“No,” she says again, black eyes daring me to argue. She holds her whistle at the ready.

I’m not stupid, so I don’t press the issue. Instead, I hobble back to the bench, join my teammates, and vow to play through the pain.

Then halfway through what I can only assume is the lowest-scoring basketball game in high school sports history, a noise ricochets through the echoing gym that all at once makes my arm hairs stand on end, my eardrums seize up, and my teeth chatter.

For a moment, I don’t know what’s going on.

Ms. Martinez waves her arms in the direction of the exit, and my classmates begin lazily walking toward the doorway.

That’s when I get it.

We are having a fire drill.

We, the students of Meridan High School, are going outside. All 956 of us. While I, London Lane, am sporting a bright yellow cat T-shirt that says HAVE A PURR-FECT DAY! and too-short shorts for the entire student body to enjoy.

Yep, it’s a good Friday indeed.



Continues...

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Meet 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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Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Forgotten explores an almost backwards memory situation with London Lane remembering the future, but never the past. The only people she recognizes are those who are in her future, those she'll see tomorrow or the day after that, or who she'll encounter years down the road. This can be slightly confusing at first, but gets easier to understand as the plot progresses. As great as it may sound to remember the future, it's not. London is faced with knowing how relationships turn out, how each person she comes across will impact her life, and how the gorgeous Luke Henry - a new student who is kind and friendly to London - is not someone she remembers from her future. London is easy-going, despite her recall issues, but can also be a little self-absorbed. Her voice is strong, somewhat sarcastic at times, and good-natured, but she acts a bit snooty towards her mother and can come off as a little abrasive. She can't remember the past, so it's understandable that she'd have some day to day anger. She has to prep for school each day by reading notes she wrote the day before. The only people who know about her problem are her mom and best friend Jamie. It's a tough situation, only made more complicated by her recurring nightmare of a funeral that reveals more and more each time she has it. The nightmare pops up the same time that Luke Henry shows, adding to the mystery of what's really going on. One of the things I loved about Forgotten was that London's mother was there, she was active, and she was a participant (despite London not really wanting her to be, at times) in London's life. Jamie, London's best friend, was also a great aspect, at least in the beginning. After London's and Jamie's falling out, Jamie becomes very unlikable, but it's a testament to London's character that she refuses to give up. Watching London forge on, without her best friend but with the knowledge of how things pan out, is surprising and very inspiring. It demonstrates how powerful friendship and loyalty are to her. It shows that London is a caring person who values everything and everyone in her life. Forgotten is a quick, unputdownable read. The premise is gripping and though-provoking, with glimpses into morality and right and wrong. London's entire existence is based upon what information she allows herself to know, meaning: London's world is unreliable. She can lie to herself and change her perception of her life and her relationships. And she does just that. It makes for an interesting and captivating read. Add a sweet and then sizzling romance, along with a memory mystery, and you've got yourself a fantastically intriguing and unforgettable (pun totally intended) read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes you think, i couldnts stop reading. Just when i thought it couldnt get any better, it did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my kind of book. Its very interesting an i love how it includes a boy in her problems.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I have yet to finish this story but it reminds me a lot of 50 first dates wwith drew barrymore and adam sandler... Its good.... if you liked 50 first daes youl probably like this... Sorry for typos and grammar errors... typing on nook simple touch is weird for a non-smatphone user.
Janisse Retamar More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much. I just finished it yesterday and i couldnt put it down at all. I also liked how the book was broken into the chapters and i absolutely loved the characters amd the whole plot. There definitely needs to be a sequal to this book because i want to know more. It was just awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book at least 4 times so far and may I say it is one of the best books in have ever read. I finished it in one sitting and was at the edge of my seat the entire time. I love the romance and the mystery of it all. Definately 5 out of 5 stars. I recomend this book to anyone who loves fiction, conspiracy, and romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the idea of the story. How London remembers the future but blanks out on the past. Very original! I read through it pretty quick because it was hard to put down. BUT I thought the story was a tad mixed up. There were a few plot holes and it didnt explain a lot. I really enjoyed the book, but when I got to to the end... I didnt feel like the story wrapped up like it should have. The ending was extremely rushed. The last few chapters quickly resolved all conflict and confused you more than satisfy you. And when I reached the last page...I did not feel like it ended right as a stand alone book. It left you craving more. That is why I rate it a 3 out of 5 stars. This would have made an excellent trilogy. The characters could have been developed more and situations explained better. Loved it. Wish there was more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ths book is soo amazing you wont want to put it down at all! My teachers kept getting mad for reading during class haha i ended up finishing it today on the bus and screamed at my friend "i finished it!!!!!" She gave me a weird look.... anyways i loved this book i had some suspicions about what happens from the beginning but good suspicions. I didnt really like the ending all too much, it was too abrupt and i have a bunch of questions still... my mom said to just imagine it, and sure thats ok sometimes but i would rather have better closure anyway. I still liked the ending i just wish there was a sequel to answer all my questions :/ its frustating but youll love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first bought this book i was a little skeptical about how interested i would be throughout reading it because i'm normally interested in paranormal romance and fictional creatures falling in love and stuff like that. I almost didnt even buy it but thrugh instinct and a feeling in my gut i pressed buy and am so glad that i did. The author was able to take an already used idea, having your memory erased everyday (50 first dates staring adam sandler and drew barrymore) and completely twisting it around so that its almost backwards. London can remember the future, but every night at 4:33 am her memory is wiped clean. Although the idea of this was confusing at first, after experiencing it with london firsthand you start to get the hang of it. Although a little slow in the beginning the plot really intrigues you somewhere right before the middle of the book. Luke is a fantastic secondary character, lover, and supporter. The romance between luke and london made you feel all sweet and mushy inside but not in a corny way. Fantastic book that keeps you guessing until the end, adds in little twists and turns that keep you on the brink of ripping your hair out because you're so curious, and even has a little romance, mystery, and a refreshing new idea never used before. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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This book was a book I just couldn't put down! It was a great read for a teen like me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books EVER! Go CAt PAtrick!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Lovveeeddd it but I wish I had explained more in the end. I hope Cat writes more because her books are great!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my god great book. Couldn't put it down i have read it 6 times now and i cry every single time.
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This was the perfect book to read. I could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main place for the clan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok but i abandoned it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was great, except there were some uncleared questions I had, I won't spoil them, though. The ending just wasnt very satisfying for me, it was like, really? NOW you end the book? The whole ideas into the book's making was great just the end was... not enough for my taste.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Forgotten. I hope there is a sequal! ;) ( i can't believe that since summer, i've read 59 books -not kidding-) :) i will definitley recommend this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
#Luke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really sweet story with a great "what if" concept. Well executed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so worth reading i loved it beyond belief and i couldnt put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books by cat patrick are good ya books but some of the parts about the guy and what happens between character who happen to be in highschool are unrealistic young men in high school just don't do these types of things.its unrealistic. But storyline is interesting.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Taking a dive right back into my reading pile, I came upon this story. Unique and mysterious, it gave me what I needed for a perfect Saturday evening. Plot. This book sort of reminded me of 50 First Dates but with teens and more twists. I really loved the idea of a girl loosing her memory every night. She has dreams of the future. Other times its her past. This story kept me on my toes the entire time reading this. I never quite pieced things together quickly which I enjoyed rather much. Love. There is a love interest that goes far beyond what I thought it be. I really think that their unique love and situation places them on a road that no one has gone down before. They fight against all odds against them, yet the carry such a strong love for each other. Drama. The drama in this book carries back into the past which I found to be unique and very interesting. It weaves in beautifully with what is going on in present day and hooks the reader to read more. It brings the reader right into the character shoes, giving hope. End. The ending left off on a beautiful note. With strong emotions bombarding the reader about what really happen in Lane’s past, I’m glad that the author ended it hopeful. Forgotten is a finely written story about a long past coming back. It fulfills the reader with mysterious qualities in the plot and the characters. Forgotten is great!