Reviews

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Title: Forgotten
Author: Cat Patrick
Publication Date: June 1, 2011
Publisher: Hardie Grant Australia
Pages: 304
Source: Won*
Buy the Book: Amazon | Book Depository

Summary via Goodreads:

I remember forwards. I remember forwards, and forget backwards. My memories, bad, boring, or good, haven’t happened yet. So I will remember standing in the fresh-cut grass with the black-clad figures surrounded by stone until I do it for real. I will remember the funeral until it happens – until someone dies. And after that, it will be forgotten. Here’s the thing about me: I can see my future, but my past is blank. I see the future in flashes, like memories. I remember what I’ll wear tomorrow, and a car crash that won’t happen till this afternoon. But yesterday has evaporated from my mind – just like the boy I love. I can’t see him in my future. I can’t remember him from my past. But today, I love him.
And I never want to forget how much.

My fellow bloggers were crazy went gaga over this book. So when I won a copy from Precious of Fragments of Life, I was so thrilled and excited to finally read it. I even set down the book that I was supposed to be reading and I grab my Forgotten copy and cave in to the temptation.
However, I wasn’t satisfied with the story…
Forgotten has a unique and engaging plot, that’s true. It did caught my attention, yes. I actually read this book in one day, it was an absolute page-turner because of its intriguing mystery. Furthermore, the story has also lovely and likable characters like London, the story’s protagonist with a solid personality, and Luke who is so sweet and charming and definitely short-listed for Boyfriend (Husband, even) of the Year. But all through-out when I’m reading the book, I couldn’t help but feel a little confused… I felt like there is something off in the story.
See, London has this condition, which is frightening and depressing at the same time, where in her brain reboots when she sleeps and when the clock strikes 4:33 in the morning, all of her memory will be erased, she will have no memory of her past but she can remember her future. True, there was an explanation for why London is suffering in this baffling condition but there was no full (or clear) explanation on the how part. That’s why I felt lost and confused for the most part. In addition, I thought the ending was so abrupt. I was like, “Whoa! Wait, that was the last page?!?” I felt as if the story was rushed. Perhaps, if the story has a tad more depth on the details, for instance London’s case, it could’ve been much more better along with its original plot and Cat Patrick‘s wonderful writing.
In my opinion, the strongest part of Forgotten was London and Luke’s relationship which reminds me, in a way, of Clare and Henry of Time Traveler’s Wife. Their relationship is the main reason why I enjoyed the story. They’re both believable as characters and their romance was just really sweet and beautiful, inspiring even. I also appreciate London and Jamie’s friendship, I thought it was very relatable.

Overall, I heartily enjoyed Forgotten, it was definitely unputdownable. I’m giving this a solid 3.5 out of 5 stars and I recommend this to all YA fiction fans and to those who loves a surprising and awe-inspiring romance with a twist.

Check out the other cover versions of Forgotten
(left) US Edition; (right) UK Edition
Which one is your personal favorite? 🙂

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*I won this copy from Precious of Fragments of Life. Thanks, Precious!

7 Comments

  1. Precious

    May 30, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Aww, sorry you weren't fully satisfied! But at least you enjoyed it! And yes – Luke is one of the top fiction guys of 2011! Great honest review!

  2. AliyaPM

    May 30, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    I had never even heard of this book before, but now I want tor read it! Great review!

    I like the US cover better. 🙂

  3. Cait

    May 30, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    I hate it when we aren't fully satisfied by a book!! This one sounds intriguing tho, definitely something I'm interested in. thanks for the review!!!

  4. Anti-Drug Reads

    May 31, 2011 at 5:46 AM

    I received an ARC for this and was pretty excited to get started… Maybe I shouldn't be. Great, honest review! Don't be a stranger; stop by my blog and say hi! I'm not sure if we're fellow followers, but I follow you!

    Looking forward to hearing back from you,
    Cory @ Anti-Drug Reads

  5. Bonnie

    June 8, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    This book looks really interesting. I have been reading a lot of fiction where characters have brain injuries/conditions lately and I find it absolutely facinating. Also, I just have to say I am a huge fan of your newly coined term “unputdownable”!

    Bonnie @ HandsAndHome

  6. Mia

    June 9, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    @ Bonnie: LOL! I didn't coined that word, I've seen it somewhere before but it wasn't me who coined it but thanks for the comment 😉

  7. Canada

    March 27, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    I like Luke. He was really sweet and I loved some of the things he does for London. I wondered for awhile, how he couldn't see the little things that I'm sure gave clues that London doesn't fully remember things. Granted that was answered and things all made sense. I also really enjoyed how London unravels the clues to the vision of the funeral she's been having. Turns out they hold a big key to her past which completely floored me. It wasn't what I was expecting at all.

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