Sunday, July 17, 2011

Review: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Forgotten
Synopsis (from goodreads.com):
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.

Book Details:
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288

My Review:
The synopsis was not lying when it tells the reader that Forgotten by Cat Patrick is a thought-provoking novel. This book had me thinking a lot of the time more than any book really. The beginning was the most confusing and then as the book proceeds it gets less confusing.

Regardless of the fact that this book makes the reader think, Forgotten is an excellent debut novel. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about London's life. The story did remind me of the movie 50 First Dates only because London wakes up everyday with no memory of the day before. She can only see future memories. Which brings me to the next thing I would like to point out. I'm not sure about other people who have read this book already, but I was able to figure out what was happening to London fairly quick. I liked that I was able to correctly guess the answer to London's vision mystery. Usually I like books that prove me wrong, but for once I liked being right about the mystery.

Now moving on to the characters. London is a very likeable protagonist. I found myself emotionally invested with London and her predicament. The love interest, Luke, was adorable. Although London's friend thinks he is some kind of freak. I liked reading about Luke and London's relationship and how it develops over time. He genuinely cares a lot about London. Plus, I can't forget the bombshell he throws out there at the end of the book. Don't get worried though its definitely not bad. Its actually cute.

In case no one knows this Forgotten is to be made into a movie with Hailee Steinfeld as London. Now while reading Forgotten I often found myself thinking that London's role seems a little too mature for a 14 year old actress to portray. I guess the filmmakers will make the proper adjustments. I've never seen Hailee's acting but I bet she'll make a perfect London.

Forgotten by Cat Patrick is a perfect blend of everything I love in a book: Mystery, Romance, and Suspense. I love how this book kept me glued to the pages. Trust me when I say that this book is a must read. I absolutely can't wait until I get my hands on another Cat Patrick novel. Forgotten is truly a beautifully written debut novel. Whatever you do don't let this novel be forgotten in your to-be-read pile.

1 comment:

Annette said...

Great review. Didn't know about the movie. I thought London was a great, relatable character too. But I've read some reviews that disagree.

Thanks!