Today we hear from Bookbabbler Iffath…
Forgotten – Cat Patrick
Here’s the thing about me: I can see the future in flashes, like memories. But my past is a blank. I remember what I’ll wear tomorrow, and an argument that won’t happen until this afternoon. But I don’t know what I ate for dinner last night. I get by with the help of notes, my mom and my best friend Jamie, and the system works …Until now. Everything’s falling apart. Jamie’s going of the rails. My mom is lying to me. And I can’t see the boy I adore in my future. But today, I love him. And I never want to forget how much..
London Lane is pretty much your typical teenage girl except for the fact that, every day at 4:33am, her memory ‘reset’s’ itself, and she finds that she can’t remember any of the events of the previous day. For this reason, London has to write detailed notes of everything of significance that happened during the day for herself, so that she can live her life as normally as possible. But when she falls for Luke, a guy who she just can’t remember from her future, London must decide whether she can lie to herself and forget him for her own safety or not. And things start to get a bit complicated for her when Luke keeps showing up, even though she still can’t see him in her future.
The concept of Forgotten was really unique and one that intrigued me. I really liked this idea of being able to remember what’s going to happen in the future, but not remember past memories. I honestly don’t think I would have been able to cope with something like that, and I could see how it could cause difficulties in London’s life. I mean, imagine meeting the coolest person in the world, or just somebody completely ordinary who just happened to catch your eye and smile at you (even though everybody knows that you’re a loser and nobody talks to you), and then completely forgetting that the next day. Like, it never even happened. But it did. But if you never see that person again, did it really happen? (I think I’m reading too much into this.) I’m probably boring you, but it fascinates me.
Writing her own notes means that London can choose what she wants and doesn’t want to be reminded of the next day. And it’s not like when you just try to forget an embarrassing incident that happened..she actually has no memory of it whatsoever, thus saving herself the embarrassment. Although the things she is able to see, I have one particular memory in my head, often lead her into questioning the people around her so that she can work out the real explanation behind the confusing things she is seeing.
I have to mention how easy-to-read Forgotten is. I started reading it for a while, then had to go do something and couldn’t find a bookmark, so I settled for remembering the page number (I never remember though..). I was on about page seventy-something or somewhere around that mark, and I couldn’t believe I was already up to that. It was like..reading the book had all been a dream or something. Bizarre, I know. (or maybe it’s just me. Knowing me, it probably is.) There were parts of the story that completely took me by surprise when I got up to them, and I found myself racing through the pages because I really had to know what was going to happen next! I can honestly say that there was never a dull moment in the whole novel!
Luke was such a swoon-worthy character! I really enjoyed seeing the pair’s relationship bloom, it was so wonderful to watch. Even with all the complications they have to face, they make it work and it’s perfect.
I really liked London. Despite all the things she has to go through daily, I didn’t see her once moaning about how hard it was to be her, and I really admired her for that reason; all she only wanted to do what try to be normal like everybody else. Patrick wrote her character extremely well, I felt like I could totally empathize with her.
Forgotten is like a piece of art, beautiful but also a little disturbing, in many different ways. Reading Forgotten was like one of the most calming experiences I have ever had. The atmosphere of the novel is like the definition of tranquility. Patrick’s writing is almost lyrical, and I found it hard not to wish that I’d written it! The idea is extraordinary, and from the way it’s written, you can tell that Patrick is going to deliver some impressive stuff. Original and believable, Forgotten had the perfect mix of romance, mystory and drama. It’s one you definitely won’t want to forget!
Thanks, Iffath and thanks to Egmont for sending us this – sounds like Iffath loved it! You can buy your copy here now..