What if every night when you woke up, you had no recollection of the days before? What if instead, you could 'remember' the future?
This book started out a little slow for me, but I soon got caught up in the mystery and intrigue of London Lane's mind- boggling life. I can't imagine waking up every day and forgetting the people I'd met and the experiences I'd had, it's just... unfathomable. But the unique thing about London's predicament is she actually has memories of the future, just like we have memories of our past. These memories flit through her mind as if they'd happened yesterday, when in reality they will really occur a day, a month, even years from when she 'remembers' them. The only way she can recognize people is through these 'memories'. It's really quite an original idea, and the mystery aspect of the novel, if sometimes predictable, is compelling, with a hopeful ending that hints towards a sequel.
London herself desperately wants to be what she considers 'normal', and works as hard as she can to hide the fact that she's different. The only people who know of her strange memory problem are her mom and her outspoken, stubborn best friend, Jamie. It's hard for London to have relationships when she knows every horrible thing that will happen to a person and be helpless to do anything about it. And then there's Luke, the gorgeous boy who she doesn't see in her future, but who she feels an undeniable attraction to nonetheless. Every morning she forgets him, and has to read her notes from the days past in order to act as if she remembers him. Their romance is sweet and fascinating with this constant cycle of whenever-I-look-at-you-it's-like-the-first-time, in the very literal sense. Together, they figure out the tangle of London's past and what caused her to be the way she is. London realizes she doesn't have to let the future dictate her present life, that she can change it for the better, a concept that will resonate clearly with young adult readers. This fresh combination of fantasy and psychological thriller will keep it's reader's eyes glued to the pages and inspire thoughtful questions about one's destiny.
My Favorite Quote: ''But what I need to remember most is this: Only I can change the future''
About The Author: Ten Interesting Facts about Cat Patrick:
1. She has lived in both the least and most populated states in America (and a few in between).
2. Her first novel—Dolly the Purple Spotted Dolphin—was self-published and distributed strictly to members of her household. She was eight at the time.
3.When she was younger, she was in a traveling sign language troupe like the one in Napoleon Dynamite (for reals!).
4. She was also a cheerleader.
5. Beyond the obvious, a few of her favorite things include: coffee, nonsensical shoes, funny people, movies and wine. A day with all of the above, she says, is golden.
6. She's currently giggling her way through co-raising two tiny genius supermodel rocket-scientists (fraternal twin girls).
7. She would rather be cold than hot any day. She's most at home—and most productive—in the fall.
8. Her first concert ever was Neil Diamond, and he rocked. Her favorite concert ever was Arcade Fire at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. 9. She got the idea for Forgotten when she forgot what she was doing mid-activity. She wondered how awful it would be to have amnesia, then mused about what it would be like to remember forward, instead of the *usual* way.
10. She has a terrible memory:)
**This book comes out June 2011
***Forgotten is going to become a movie, with London played by Hailee Steinfeld!! Check it out here!