Book Reviews

[review] Forgotten – Cat Patrick

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. 

Part psychological drama, part romance, and part mystery, this thought-provoking novel will inspire readers to consider the what-if’s in their own lives and recognize the power they have to control their destinies.

Discovery: I saw this book in Chapters a few weeks ago and the cover alone was enough to put it on my to-read list.

+     Tone. Forgotten may sound like a dark, heavy novel but Cat Patrick’s writing gives it a refreshing pace and feel. The reader is never bogged down in too much teenage angst and it was nice to enjoy the discoveries that London made. Her voice was clear, humorous and mature enough to make reading this book an absolute delight. Everything feels deserved, from the romance to the friendships to the family relationships.

+    Plot. I won’t lie, I’m ridiculously forgetful. That’s part of why a book like this appealed to me so much. I wouldn’t mind knowing the repercussions of my actions or decisions, if only so I could stop being so indecisive. London is the perfect narrator for this story, and it unfolded in a manner that kept me reading. There’s a threefold set-up for this novel and all of them are balanced by London: her family, her best friend and her first boyfriend. All three issues are given ample discussion time and the reader won’t feel slighted or misinformed. I also thought that the twist was perfectly timed and explained.

+     Romance. Oh my gosh, the romance in this book was EXACTLY what I needed after my weekend fling with Anna and the French Kiss. Luke and London are an adorable couple, reminiscent of Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler in 50 First Dates. Luke is a great character, funny and warm. Their interaction is so much fun to read about and gives London a wonderful dimension.

–    Slow exposition. After reading the synopsis, the first question most readers must ask is “Why does she forget?” And it’s a fair question, but not one that will be answered within the first 30 pages of the book. Actually, it won’t even be revealed until the very end. I’m on the fence over whether or not this is a good thing: on one hand, the desire to know kept me going; on the other hand, it did get a little frustrating. Forgotten is a fast read, but it may not be fast enough with the information for some readers.

Recommendations: I would definitely recommend this to YA readers of any age. Mystery lovers will have a nice little puzzle to mull over, and readers looking for a sweet teen romance will enjoy Luke and London’s story.

Rating: Very Good.

Go check out Cat Patrick’s site and follow her on Twitter @seecatwrite.

Next review: Darkness Becomes Her, Kelly Keaton


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