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Forgotten by Cat Patrick

on October 19, 2011

“For me, reading is remembering.” 

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.

Personal Thoughts:

What will you do if you wake up one day without remembering details of your past? It is quite hard to imagine but that is exactly what London Lane situation is. Every single day she wakes up with no recollection of the day before. In order to cope up each day she leaves herself notes of what happened to her everyday, like who she talked to, if she has a test coming up and even the clothes she’ll wear the next day. With the help of these notes, her bestfriend and her mom she try to live her life as normal as possible. But as if forgetting the past is not complicated enough, she also has the ability to see the future. Future events that might be dreaded to see and know. When Luke appear in her life one morning, she can’t just ignore him and she was alarm that she can’t see him in any of her future memories. And to complicate it more, she also starts to see distrubing memories – a funeral she doesn’t recognize. Is it part of her future or her past? Whose funeral is it? And why she seeing it? Is there something she can do to remember the past before it destroys her future?

“I will remember it until it happens – and after that it will be forgotten.”

London Lane as a person who has a memory problem is actually expected to be as a unreliable narrator because she can’t remember much what happened to her everyday. She only rely on her everyday notes that sometimes she altered and incomplete. But London doens’t failed to tell a flowing and engaging story. It is easy to understand her. As a reader I feel that I know her much better than she knows her self. Her situation isn’t sympathetic at all because in spite of how awful as it may sound that she doesn’t remember what happened everyday she is still hopeful and full of spirit. She has a right amount of sense of humor and a genuinely likeable appeal.

Luke is simply perfect. I think Cat Patrick forgot to mention any flaws of him. Even the lies or secret he kept from London doesn’t make him any less admirable. Instead you will love him more for that. He is kind, gentle and loving. How he handle their relationship is really great. Just imagine being with someone everyday who can’t remember anything from the past, that would be hard for sure but Luke handle it smoothly.

The romance between London and Luke is sweet and adorable. For sure London will never get bored with Luke since everyday they met is like new for her but old at the same time. She managed to deal with their relationship everyday while keeping an image that their relationship is normal when it is far from it. Luke on the other hand is very supportive and understanding to her and her situation. It is a kind of relationship that you know will work even how impossible as it may look outside.

“Somehow, amid all the conflicting emotions, sleep grabs my hand and pulls me under. And then everything unwritten is gone.”

Cat Patrick captures the confusion, frustration, panic and fear that London Lane endures each day she wakes up without so much knowledge of what happened before. The surprises of each day when she meet Luke and the guilt feeling of non-remembering were all believable.

The mystery around London’s vision of the funeral is intriguing but what really kept me hooked is the mystery of London’s mind. The reason behind her forgotten past and memories of future events that she have. I want to know more about how she was able to see the future. I think Cat Patrick forgot to explain the reason behind it. The explanation of London’s forgotten past is realistically done but on why she can see the future events do not have much details. I’m not sure if that is possible. How can you remember something that doesn’t happen yet?

The ending is open-ended which is surprisingly good. Cat Patrick didn’t give a neatly tied up ending but instead she deliver a hopeful and promising ending. I simply like how it all ends. Sometimes that kind of end doesn’t work well but in Forgotten it just fit perfectly. It is completely satisfying.

A mixed of mystery, romance and psychological drama, Forgotten is an unforgettable story that will keep you turning pages after pages. London fractured memory is extremely interesting and thought provoking. Somehow you’ll be thankful that you remember your past and you have the surprises of future events. Because as fascinating as it may sounds, London condition is not easy to pull out in real life.

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