Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 7th, 2011
"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."
London wakes up every morning forgetting what happened the day before, and anything previous, but can tell you what will happen in the future for as long as you are in her life. How awesome of a premise is that, huh? It's creative and unique and just what the YA community needs to stray away from the cliche` story-lines.
Except, the way this story was executed threw me off.
There were so many plot-holes in this story, it was like walking on swiss cheese. How does nobody outside the circle of people who know about her condition not realize that she is struggling her way through life and school? Also, if she starts each day anew, how does she maintain the same personality as the previous? You would think she'd have a massive case of bi-polar. The list goes on, but I'll continue with the review.
I had a real problem with London. She was bitchy, whiny, and just all around BORING! You could definatly tell that her heart was in the right place sometimes, but the way she does things is just stupid, and sometimes just plain wrong.
The relationship she had with her "best friend" Jamie was interesting. Jamie is one of the only ones who know of her condition, but she doesn't want her future spoiled. I get that completely. I also get that, when Jamie gets herself involved with a married teacher, that London wants nothing but to get her friend out of that, because of events she sees in the future. Really, though, calling your best friend a slut is not the way to do it. There is no reason at all to pin such a demeaning name to a friend.
Then there is her relationship with her hottie boyfriend, Luke. Sweet, kind, bashful Luke. He was by far my favorite character in the story. Probably one of the nicest guys anyone could meet, but he did know how to stand his ground. The only downside is that he is kind of clingy...and he has an abnormal obsession with drawing and painting ears.
Every day, London would wake up, read her notes, and fall in-love with the guy she reads about. It's sweet, but kind of unrealistic. Yes, she is basing it off of what her past self believes, but her past self is known for deceiving her somtimes. Anyway, whenever they meet face-to-face, you get a little sentence or two about how gorgeous he is. Normally, this would down-right annoy me and cause a little eye-roll, but this was kind of cute.
All-in-all, I never came to the conclusion that they are in-love, but have a massive obsession with each other.
The biggest problem I had was with the ending. It was rushed, and I just wasn't satisfied. There are still things I want to know; big things that were mentioned that were not answered! I want my answers...
I have got to say, though: this book did hold my attention. Through the holes and everything, it was still interesting and was written almost flawlessly. I read it front-to-back in pretty much one sitting, with little breaks in-between. This is not a bad review, or a bad book at all; it could just use a bit of work.