Forgotten

Forgotten

by Cat Patrick

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ISBN-13: 9780316094610
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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


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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Forgotten 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 180 reviews.
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.
MandaTheStrange on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
The idea of this book intrigued me, forgetting the past...remembering the future. However, I felt that this was written far too simply. I wish the author focused more on the idea of the book itself, rather then delving into the love story, which I felt was frustrating and distracting.
breadnbutter on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
The beginning of this book was one of the most confusing I have ever read. Apparently, this girl, London, can "remember" the future. After she lives each day, she forgets the events of that day at 4:33 am. She is able to function by writing herself notes to remind herself of important past events that she has to read about every morning when she wakes up. The part that bugged me the most was that her problem was referred to as "remembering" or having memories of the future, instead of something like future telling or seeing the future. So London would always say something like "I know, because I remembered it" referring to something that doesn't happen. It just sounds weird and is very confusing at the beginning because the author just kind of dives into her live with no explanations or set-ups.I did enjoy the 50 First Dates scenario that took place between London and Luke. She wouldn't remember him except from her notes everyday, yet when she sees him she instantly falls in love again. It is kind of cute, but mostly ridiculous. The second-half took a fairly dark turn when she has "memories" of someone dying and she can't seem to figure it out who and how and she attempts tracking down her father and her grandmother that she saw in her memory, but doesn't have any recollection of from her past. You, later, do find out a potential reason for London's condition but it is sort of just thrown in there and then forgotten about. I had high hopes for the premise but I don't feel like it was executed well, but that's how I feel about most YA novels these days.
Strawberryreviews on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
Forgotten was different. It was a good different but I have never read anything like it. It took me FOREVER to really understand what the book was about. I felt really stupid when I finally got it. My confusion has nothing really to do with the book itself. I'm just an idiot. What was confusing me was how she wrote notes at night and at first I thought she was writing notes about the future which confused me because doesn't she remember the future. Once I finally got that the notes were about the past, it all made sense to a certain extent.I love contemporary and rarely venture out of that genre so it was nice that even though it had the paranormal "I remember the future" element, it still had a good contemporary storyline which I didn't really expect going into it. I was pleasantly surprised.I thought London was a relatable character. I loved her personality. Her narrative voice is definitely one of my favorites. I love her relationship with Luke. I think I just liked Luke in generally. He was just an all around good guy. I mean he had his faults but he seemed like a generally good and understanding guy.Jamie, London's best friend, bothered me a lot. She just seemed like a spoiled brat most of the time. Every time London would be around Luke, she would try to stop because Luke was apparently a weirdo and London could do better. She was also very selfish and would get mad at London when she was only trying to help.This book is a well written interesting read and I recommend to both young adult paranormal readers and young adult contemporary readers.
Sharn on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
This book was interesting. It's YA and that's not generally my genre but it was a breeze to read - except for the beginning where I was a little confused but I suppose the author did that on purpose bc of the whole story line.This book was about a young lady, London Lane, who couldn't remember the past and can see the future. As a matter of fact, everyday at 4:33AM, her mind is "reset". So, every night before bed she writes notes regarding her day so she can read them every morning and catch herself up. Gets interesting when she gets a boyfriend and has to remember him everyday THEN she starts seeing "scary" things in her future that make her want to learn more about her past.Cute book.I will recommend this book to others.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
I love a book that throws you for a loop from page one. And Cat Patrick`s FORGOTTEN has enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes for almost three hundred pages.What¿s fabulous about FORGOTTEN, though, is that with all its mystery and intrigue, it is still a very introspective book, about a girl with no memory of the past, who can only see the future. London Lane is coping with loss of her dad ten years ago, with her mom whom she suspects is keeping secrets, and with a vision she¿s had of her best friend, Jamie, totally wrecking her life. These are all problematic to start with ¿ with no memory she can¿t exactly question her mom and JamieF has requested that she not warn her about the future in any way (outside of, like, pop quizzes). Then there are the two new things that find their way onto London¿s plate. 1. The new boy in school is completely gorgeous and he keeps crossing her path which she knows from the notes she leaves for herself nightly ¿ but she can¿t remember him from her future. Why? 2. London has started to experience a terrifying vision, and it¿s coming to her in bits and pieces. She¿s trying desperately to solve it, but with her mom¿s continued secrecy, she¿s not sure where to start.Told in elegant prose with hints of magic realism, FORGOTTEN is definitely a not-to-miss title for this summer.
_Lily_ on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
Each night when 16 year-old London Lane goes to sleep, her whole world disappears. In the morning, all that's left is a note telling her about a day she can't remember. The whole scenario doesn't exactly make high school or dating that hot guy whose name she can't seem to recall any easier. But when London starts experiencing disturbing visions she can't make sense of, she realizes it's time to learn a little more about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.Part psychological drama, part romance, and part mystery, this thought-provoking novel will inspire readers to consider the what-if's in their own lives and recognize the power they have to control their destinies. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)I saw so many great reviews of this book that I wanted to love it. I liked it, but I didn't love it. I think I built it up too much. I did really like the premise of the book and I enjoyed London's character, her mother kinda bothered me a bit. I liked the relationship London and Luke had, it felt different to me then in other YA novels. It wasn't the same standard story.Ther book picked up for me in the last 100 pages when we get a little more back story on the Lane family. Questions are raised and not completely solved, we are left with a massive cliff hanger that makes the reader want book 2. I will be picking up book 2 when it's released, I would recommend this book to others. * Hardcover: 304 pages * Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (June 7, 2011) * Author: Cat Patrick * Cover art: I prefer the UK cover. * Overall rating *** out of 5 stars * Obtained: One from my personal bookshelf. Signed copy won Thanks Doreen.
missyreadsreviews on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
To start: this is one of the most original story lines that I have found in YA this year. It has won my heart over and I cannot even begin to tell you how much I absolutely love this book. If I wasn't already married, I would totally marry it. I think, for me, this book touched me personally in a way that I didn't think it would. The main character London Lane forgets everything she did the day before when she goes to sleep. I understand that on a smaller level. My mom was reckless with her health when she was younger and, because of that, she is now on many medications - medications that make her short-term memory go crazy. While she doesn't see future events or completely forget everything when she goes to sleep, I could totally understand how London must feel not remembering things that happened to her just a mere day before. My mom makes lists just like her. And, like London's mom and Luke, I understand how sometimes it may hurt when someone you love forgets something you did with them.Even though my mom's condition is just short-term memory issues, she remembers all of her past and everything that happens she may not recall immediately always comes back to her... it's that little nugget of time when she forgets that makes me relate to this book. The two things I have seen reviews mention as cons to this book are the lists that London makes for herself and some repetition in actions. I think this is where experience and relatability come in handy because I know exactly how that feels. If someone has memory problems, there WILL be lists and there WILL be a lot of things repeated. Does it get frustrating? Yeah, sometimes.. but it's something that goes hand-in-hand with that specific issue. But I think that's one thing that has to be understood for this book: London's memory resets every night and she CANNOT remember ANYTHING about the day before, so notes are vital to being as close to normal as possible. And the repetition? She can't remember, so of course she may do the same things over and over!I also think that London's memory loss could be convenient for anyone. Have a fight with your mom? You forget it the next day! Fight with the boyfriend? Forgotten! But it does have it's own set of problems as well. I think, for the most part, London handled her situation well. She was a little petty when it came to not forgiving people for their mistakes, but that's part of being a typical teenager. She grew though and all things seemed to work out. By the end of the novel, London matures into one admirably strong character and I absolutely love her. Her mother and Luke are also easy to fall in love with. They both are flawed and make their share of mistakes, but in the end they both love London unconditionally and would do anything for her. That matters most.Overall, this story was just amazing to me. There's enough mystery to keep you guessing until the end, and even them some after. I think the worst part after finishing this book is knowing it's a stand-alone. I want to know so much more about what happens with London in her future! This is an incredible debut novel from Cat Patrick... one that you won't soon forget.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
The synopsis of this book immediately intrigued me as it reminded me of the movie Memento which I absolutely loved. I was a little leery of how well the story would be executed especially since you know there will be a romance thrown in and how does that work when you can't remember what even happened the previous day. To say the story worked well is an understatement. It blew me away and it was one of those books that when I closed the book after the last page I sighed in happiness over how much I enjoyed the book.I loved London's character and the blend of strength and vulnerability she possesses as she tries to live as normal of a life as she can with this handicap. She literally has to leave herself a note each night about important events or reminders that happened that day or the next day it will be as if it never happened for London. For a 16 year old it's amazing how well she has learned to deal with her situation and still retain a relatively positive outlook on life. Luke was great as well and was pretty much as close as you could get to the perfect boyfriend as one could expect. I did find it suspicious that London and Luke were able to maintain a relationship for so long without Luke finding out about her condition. So I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop to see if there was a dark secret that Luke was hiding. The mystery of the dark vision London keeps experiencing also kept me in suspense for most of the book and when we find out the truth behind her vision my heart broke and I wanted to cry.The only down side for me was I could never figure out if London's fellow classmates had any clue of her condition. It seems like they didn't but I find that hard to believe even with all the notes she leaves for herself. Plus I was curious how her notes worked. Did she only read the notes from the past few weeks? Did she have some weird filing system? I mean she couldn't read 10 years worth of notes every morning. Still this book was fascinating and I absolutely loved it. I only wish the ending were fleshed out a bit more and we could see how things progressed farther in the future.
BookishBrunette on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
I was a bit leery when I started Forgotten, because it sounded like it might be a lot like 50 First Dates. (with Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore) Let me assure you UP FRONT, that it is NOTHING like 50 First Dates!I had a typical *high anxiety* moment at the very beginning (I know right?) The synopsis says, she goes to sleep each night and waked up remembering nothing from the day before..On the first page she is obviously cataloging her day... so she can recall certain events and all (genius if you ask me!) Simple things such as what she wore (um... you wouldn't want to wear the SAME thing twice right? Duh.) and so on... but one of her 'reminders' is: 'Spanish quiz'.Now I'm confused- me... I know I can't believe it either! How is she supposed to take a quiz if she's unable to recall the previous day/days? Just saying... it was something that didn't quite make sense to me.Well it was soon explained! London can only remember things/people/places if they will be apart of her future! Interesting!Here's a good quote that brought it all together and made it all make sense to me,"I will remember it until it happens- and after that it will be forgotten." -LondonI can't even imagine being London... She has this incredible, smoking hot boyfriend that she can't remember (*ahem* keep in mind that she CAN remember people that will be in her future), a best-friend who refuses to speak to her even though London KNOWS that they will be friends for years and years to come, a mother that is keeping a huge, deep, dark secret from her and she couldn't remember any of it if her life depended on it.London can see tomorrow, next year, 10 years from now... but yesterday? She has her notes for that.I COULD NOT stop reading this book! I know that I give a lot of 5 star ratings on my blog, and it's because I like such a wide variety of books. I may give 5 stars to a romantic zombie comedy because I laughed out loud and loved every second of it. I gave If I Stay a 5 star rating even though it took me over a week to finish because it was emotionally gripping...Forgotten by Cat Patrick had everything: romance, suspense, betrayal, secrets, love... I could go on and on. You DO NOT want to miss this book. If you do nothing else today- get in your car, head to the nearest bookstore and buy Forgotten. Right now. You will thank me later.*This book was provided to me by Little, Brown in exchange for an honest review*
poetrytoprose on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
Imagine waking up every morning with no recollection of the previous day. The memories of everything you did, from the clothes you wore to the argument you had with your best friend, are gone and all you have are notes from yourself that detail what happened. If forgetting your past on a daily basis wasn't enough, you also know things that will happen in the future and there's one particularly memory that completely shakes you -- is it a future or past memory? In a nutshell, this is the life of London Lane.Despite any burden that comes with London's condition, she is a very likable protagonist. She obviously experiences moments of confusion but, instead of being overwhelmed and sulky, she only shows determination and strength. I'm neither sixteen nor do I have her memory problem, but it was very easy to relate to her and admire her growth throughout the story.Luke Henry! W-O-W. I did not expect to love him as much as I did. He's in the running for my Fictional Boyfriend of the Year award. His relationship with London was so absolutely sweet that there are threats of a few cavities... In all seriousness, though London forgot about him every day -- she can't see him in her future -- it was great to peel back his character's layers with each encounter that they shared. Though London did some gushing over him every time they met (WHO COULD BLAME HER?!), their interactions never felt repetitive and I eagerly looked forward to seeing how their relationship continued to play out. Lovely, lovely stuff.If the romance hadn't kept me glued to the story, the conclusion of the book would have! A few hints were scattered here and there, but definitely not enough to have me figure things out. It was very unpredictable and I loved that! My only complaint about this book is that it ended too soon. I'm sure there are plot holes in London's condition and blah, blah, blah, but I honestly do not care because I loved spending time with these characters. A LOT. I'm all for standalone novels -- we all know how waiting frustrating waiting for the end of a series can be -- but I'm a teensy bit sad that my time with London and Luke has come to an end. I guess there are always re-reads, right? Trust me, I will be re-reading this one very soon.
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
Although I liked this book, it was much different than what I was expecting. Reading the description now, it does seem to portray the novel correctly, so maybe I was just being weird with my expectations... Anyway, it was a good read with great twists.Forgotten tells the story of London Lane who's memory resets every morning at 4:33 am. She can't remember her past, but she can "remember" her future. She doesn't know why and she doesn't know how. Each day before she falls asleep, she writes herself a note, reminding her of the day before and events to come. When she meets a boy, who she can't see from her future, everything starts to change... She starts seeing a frightening vision, over and over again which she can't seem to decode. Suddenly, everything seems to unravel all at once and London desperately tries to change her future before it is too late.There was alot going on in this book. The book opens with the type of plot you are expecting, then all of a sudden there is a huge twist that doesn't seem to completely belong to this book, but fits surprisingly well. I, for one, can say that I did not expect that twist at all- it was a big surprise, which was great. I don't want to give it away, so I'm sorry if I'm being extremely vague. Now the characters... they were great! I liked Luke especially (London's boyfriend), but the others were believable and likable as well. The only one I didn't like too much was Jamie, London's best friend. She just seemed inconsiderate and annoying. I felt like the pace of the novel was good, up until the end. Then it felt kind of rushed, since the climax and resulting action happened right before the book ends. As a whole, however, this book was a good read. It was alot of things all in one: mystery, romance, paranormal(ish), and drama. So if you can get over wanting just a little bit more out of the ending, give this book a try.
amusingmother on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
I loved Drew Barrymore in "50 First Dates." I thought it was cute, clever and an interesting conflict to overcome - living the same day over and over again.London Lane has a different conflict. She remembers the future. Every day she writes herself notes before she goes to sleep. Her brain resets itself ever morning at 4:33 a.m. Her mother and best friend, Jamie, are the only people privy to this odd phenomenon. She remembers her locker combination at school because she opens it tomorrow. She knows where her classrooms are because she goes to them tomorrow. So far, her secret has been safe since Jamie has her back at school and her mom helps at home.Two odd things occur simultaneously; she meets Luke Henry but can't remember him in her future. Yet he keeps showing up day after day in her life with increasing importance to her. She also remembers a funeral for a child. Her future child? She doesn't know. Also, she alienates Jamie for not condoning an affair with a teacher.As the story progresses, the reader learns the burden of knowing tomorrow and years to come while others close to her are burdened by regrets, guilt, and what-ifs. Even London learns the meaning of forgiveness. Secrets are revealed and the cause of her malady is made clear - at least the circumstances and timing. Everybody keeps secrets to safeguard each other. London struggles with the concept of changing the future. Can she?This is the sweetest love story I have read in a long time. Dialogue is clever and fresh. Relationships between London and Luke, London and her best friend, and London and her mother then father are beautifully depicted. The process of healing old hurts is included. I loved the constancy of friendship and motherly love. I really enjoyed this book and the author's voice.Language - Rated GDialogue - Rated PG - PG-13Sex - PGViolence - PG (Dodgeball)
ShaEliPar on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
Forgotten was a novel that I was extremely excited to read due to its unique premise and while its uniqueness does hold true; the mystery behind London's visions and the ending left me very underwhelmed.Although I felt slightly disoriented at the start of the novel, author Cat Patrick quickly helps explain how London's memory resets and all the complications she endures because of it. I really liked London and how determined she is. She has to work 10 times hard then everyone else because she can't ever remember what she's learned or done the day before. Also even though she did some things that really frustrated me, I liked that London wasn't perfect. I think it would have been really easy to make her always do the right thing because of how much her memory handicaps her.When London first meets Luke its instant fireworks. He's cute, mysteries and makes her feel both elated and confused. I particular enjoyed the scene between the two of them in the van, its very innocent, beautiful and funny. However, even though I liked Luke he felt more like what a cute boy in a YA novel should be, instead of a well rounded, deep and layered character of his own. Luke is charming, funny, thoughtful, understanding and...just to perfect. Does that make sense? The more I got to know him, the more unrealistic he seemed and that really distracted me.While I did enjoy the way we got to see the relationship between London and Luke develop, I felt that the novel relied to heavily on it instead of focusing more on the mystery behind London's visions. The visions themselves are part of a key plot point that seems to come out of nowhere since much of that storyline felt kind of like an afterthought. This was the strangest thing for me to wrap my head around because it turns out to be such a HUGE twist and it deserved much more attention then it got. Further complicating the matter is that 90 pages before the end of the novel, the truth behind the visions is revealed and then its a rush to explain everything before the novel's finish. This makes the ending feel very disjointed and abrupt, since at only 288 pages I think the ending could have been better explained and wrapped up.Although I didn't enjoy it as much as I was hoping too and some of the plot felt underdeveloped I did appreciate the quicker pace and original premise. Fans of contemporary or paranormal novels might really enjoy this one due to the romance and memory resetting but mystery fans should probably skip this one.
booktwirps on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
Every morning when London wakes up she checks her notes from the previous night. They contain little reminders such as what she wore the day before, things she needs to remember to take to school, homework that still needs to be done, and who that cute boy is that will be waiting for her by her locker. The notes are very important. Every morning at 4:33 am London¿s memory is wiped clean. She remembers nothing about her past, but the odd thing is, she has memories from the future.Everyone she¿s had contact with in the future she knows, such as her mother, her best friend, Jamie, and other kids from school. The troubling thing is she doesn¿t see the face of her boyfriend, Luke, and this scares her. Every day she has to reacquaint herself with him. What happens that he is no longer in the picture, and at what point in time is she going to lose him?I really enjoyed this book. When the story first started I couldn¿t help but think how cool it would be to be able to forget stupid mistakes I¿d made in the past. All those embarrassing moments ¿ gone. All the heartache ¿ b-bye. All I would have to do is simply forget to remind myself in my notes. As the book progressed, I felt for London. I realized that maybe it wouldn¿t be so cool after all.Cat Patrick has crafted a very moving, very realistic portrayal of amnesia. Even the fantastical element of London knowing the future is covered so well I never found myself doubting it. The writing is very straight forward and isn¿t over-emebellished with a lot of needless, flowery description. The dialogue is realistic, the characters are relatable and the story never drags. A major plus? The fact that London and Luke don¿t meet and fall in love in a matter of minutes. Their relationship is believable and blossoms at what felt like a normal pace, which helped me buy in to the whole story. I highly recommend this one.
callmecayce on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
I really enjoyed this book. The story telling was a bit predictable in some places, the pace was fast and I liked the reasoning why she might have lost her memories, though the pseudo-science was sometimes annoying (unless I just focused on the fantasy part of it). I did have a few issues with the way Luke was written, but that sort of sorted itself out by the end of the book. Overall, I enjoyed it and while it seemed like nothing was solved at the end of the book -- I felt totally satisfied, oddly enough.
storiesandsweeties on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
I loved this book! There's not a lot that can be explained without spoiling too much, but this book exceeded any expectations I might have had for it, even after reading several great reviews for it. I'm sure we've all seen the subject of extreme short-term memory loss (also known as anterograde amnesia---there's a bit of trivia for you!! ;D) used in books and movies before, but the unique spin that Cat Patrick gave this story is what made it so gripping.When the protagonist, London, remembers somethings, its not from the past, its from the future. My heart just went out to her trying to keep her life together as best as she could when every night her brain gets wiped clean. She has to keep extensive notes to herself about everything from conversations she had, to what she wore, to who she met. What made this even more interesting was that she decides what (and who) she wants to remember and what she would rather forget. When she meets Luke, she is completely drawn to him and they start dating, but she can't see him at all in her future memories and she has to find out why. The story took turns that I never would have expected. There were definitely several jaw-dropping moments that had me gripping the book in anticipation and growling at anyone that dared to interrupt me! In the last half of the book, the story races along, little surprises jumping out everywhere. It may have been the "mother of a little guy" in me, but there were parts that were literally so tense and emotional that I cried.Such a wonderful story. It has it all---laughs, tears, love, friendship, and a completely unpredictable gripping plot. I fell head over heels for this book, and it will definitely be one that I recommend to everyone and will be rereading myself soon!