Forgotten (as in I wish it could be…)

I read about this book on another book review blog (Books I Done Read – which is hilarious) and the premise seemed interesting to me. I’m into the YA novel thing so I thought I would give it a chance even though it was not a dystopian trilogy. Apparently that was my mistake because this one was one of those books that you read the last page and think “Well that was hours out of my life I won’t get back.” Obviously not my favorite but I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

London Lane (which already is super annoying because who is named London Lane honestly) has her memories of the entire day erased at exactly 4:33 am each night. But not only does she forget what happened that day but she only remembers future memories….makes sense right? She keeps a diary to help her and so she doesn’t wear the same things two days in a row (because that would be truly tragic). Now she’s met this super cute boy and he’s complicated and angsty, but she keeps forgetting him. AND she’s having disturbing flash-forwards of funerals, etc… London decides that she must learn about her past in order to deal with her future.

So I hated the name of the character and beyond that she had no redeeming qualities….she’s nice and super-angsty but that is about it. Also, the flash-forwards thing is NEVER explained. It is mentioned as a “wow that is totally crazy that happens to you” thing but that’s it. The relationship with the new boyfriend is slightly more interesting but also not great. The story is pretty fast-paced and this is a quick read. The climax is somewhat satisfying in that you find out what happened in her past and hope that she has a good future, blah ba doo. But honestly I could never get past the sophomoric writing and the premise THAT WAS NEVER EXPLAINED. I give this three shoes – a Croc – comfortable but plainly meant for just children. (sorry to all you adult croc wearers out there).

Title: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Three Appeals : fast-paced story, new premise….ummmm

Red Flags : Appropriate for teens

If you like this book then try:

1) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?
Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High – from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.   Instead, it turns out to be her last.   Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death – and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.  (taken from Fantastic Fiction)

2) What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Following her parents’ bitter divorce as she and her father move from town to town, seventeen-year-old Mclean reinvents herself at each school she attends until she is no longer sure she knows who she is or where she belongs. (taken from Novelist)

3) Unforgettable by Loretta Ellsworth

When Baxter Green was three years old he developed a condition that causes him to remember absolutely everything, and now that he is fifteen, he and his mother have moved to Minnesota to escape her criminal boyfriend and, Baxter hopes, to reconnect with a girl he has been thinking about since kindergarten (taken from Novelist).



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