by CJ

January 19, 2023

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

“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.”

When I got this book in the mail (after squealing and showing it to everyone) I sat down and read it immediately. I read until I couldn’t stay up any longer and fell asleep. Then when I woke up I picked it back up and read it until I finished it. I have been wanting this book so badly since I first heard about it. It’s a little bit of everything I love, drama, psychological, and mystery…It’s the sort of book that is confusing and mind-blowing all in one swoop. Think Memento meets 50 First Dates with a splash of the future.

Before I get further into the pages of the book, I have to comment on the appearance. It’s absolutely gorgeous. The cover, while amazing doesn’t do justice to the back of the book and the inside pages. On the back is a lovely artistic image of butterflies. Throughout the first few pages of the book are tree limbs and the occasional butterfly. I was in love just from flipping through it.

When I first started reading Forgotten I was very confused. I knew that London only knew the future, but it was kind of hard to wrap my head around. Once I finally got the hang of that it became a lot easier to read and a totally enjoyable experience.

London is such a great strong character. Here she is powering through every day with little to no clue as to who certain people are in the present day. All she knows is the future, so the cheerleader that seems to hate her? She just can’t place her finger on why, because it was in the past and she forgot to document it in her notes. Then there’s Luke, the adorable love interest with a tiny bit of a secret of his own, he’s seemingly not in London’s future thoughts at all and no one knows why.

The whole “memory-erasing” isn’t an uncommon thing in books and movies, it’s been done before. This look into it is totally fresh though, I can’t think of any other that essentially sees the future. The visions London experiences are chilling. Then the major secrets and twists that unfold are even more so. This is a book I can see appealing to readers of many different genres.

Many thanks to Little Brown for providing a review copy of Forgotten for me.


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