Friday, July 15, 2011

Forgotten ~ Cat Patrick review

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
June 7, 2011
304 pages

Forgotten, Cat Patrick’s debut novel is one that is much deeper, more emotional, than it first lets on. Sixteen-year-old London Lane only remembers the future. Every morning (or night) at 4:33 am, her memory of the day to come is erased, leaving her to navigate her day using only notes she’s left herself (along with some help from her mother and best friend).

Unable to remember her past or know what’s going to happen on the day she’s about to experience, London has learned over the years to leave herself notes each night about what she remembers about the next day—from what to wear, to what to study, to what events from the previous days are pertinent.

But just as we all forget some little things, so does London, leaving her looking scatterbrained sometimes.

A lapse in her notes can’t explain why she doesn’t remember Luke Henry the new boy at school. Or why she can’t find him in her memories of things to come. And Luke Henry is not a boy a girl would easily forget, either. So what’s going on?

And who is Luke?

The concept of Forgotten is appealing enough to draw readers in – but it is its actual execution that will cause word of its brilliance to spread like wildfire. The little things are most definitely not forgotten in this novel. In fact, they’re what make it shine.

Some scenes leaving the reader positively aching for London and the fact that she won’t remember the experience, they’re so perfect. It’s almost cruel to have her experience something so special (one instance in particular) and then forget.

Cat Patrick has written a novel where you truly forget that they character is a character and not a real person.

Complex, heavy issues are dealt with in addition to London’s memory trouble making Forgotten about London’s life, not just how London lives her life. All parts of the story were given enough attention and contributed to, rather than took away from, each other.

Forgotten is hopefully going to be a movie and all I can say is that it had better be, this is one book that I cannot wait to see adapted to the big screen.

10/10 – I am eagerly, eagerly awaiting more from Ms. Patrick

Huge thank you to the publisher for my copy of this book for review

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