FAR the most interesting "what if?" YA I've read in some time--this
author takes a tired premise (amnesia) and turns it on its head while
injecting a pretty fantastic mystery aspect. London is a high-schooler
whose memory completely resets at night. When she wakes up, there's
nothing. She seems to be functioning pretty well...until she meets a
guy. Dating gets a lot more complicated when you don't remember anything
about Mr. Dreamboat upon waking, it turns out...Forgotten reminds me a little of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, meets The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
“London Lane loses her memory every night, so she makes notes to tell her everything that happened that day, from what she wore, to what homework she needs to do, to what her friend has told her. She can, however, 'remember' the future, so she knows who people are because she sees them in the days and weeks and years ahead. Then she meets Luke and is confused because she really likes him but can't see him in the future. What does this mean? And why is she having dreams about a cemetery?”
— Nancy Felton, Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, MA
Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can "remember" are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you'd easily forget, yet try as she might, London can't find him in her memories of things to come.
When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it's time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.
About the Author
Cat Patrick is the author of Forgotten and Revived. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband and twin daughters. When asked about how she comes up with the concepts for her novels, Cat explained that she has a love for "high school strange."
"Forgotten is a mind-bending experience that I devoured in one sitting. Cat Patrick's exciting and impressive debut still haunts me."—Jay Asher, New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why
"A captivating psychological drama, a toe-tingling romance and a completely original premise, Forgotten is full of twists and turns you won't see coming."—Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds, a 2011 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults book
"Cat Patrick's debut won't be forgotten by readers. It's a page-turning mystery and a heartrending story of love, loss and...memories of the future. Don't miss this one."—Gail Giles, award-winning author of Dark Song and What Happened to Cass McBride?
"Forgotten manages to be both a love story and a
psychological suspense. It reminded us that the memories we share with the
people we love are the most important ties that bind us together... Forgotten is
"With a bit of fantasy and lots of intrigue, Cat Patrick manages to capture her audience right from the start.... She has a nice, clear style of writing that will easily appeal to the young teenage group."
"Forgottenis a thought-provoking debut novel and a
glimpse at the mysteries of the brain. Experiencing London's dilemmas, readers
can't help but ponder the importance of their own memories."