Every morning at 4:33 a.m., London Lane forgets things. If the people she knows have a place in her future, she is able to remember them, but she can’t even remember conversations from the day before that she’s had with her mother or best friend Jamie unless she’s documented it on notes that she reads every morning before school. When she meets new student Luke Henry, she looks to her future for guidance, but can’t find any recollections of him at all. Try as she might to forget ever meeting him, London is deeply attracted to him and it doesn’t help any that he seeks her out day after day.
It’s difficult maintaining a normal romantic relationship with Luke, but somehow London manages. But London’s already abnormal world gets even weirder when she starts have dark dreams. Dreams that began when Luke came into her life. What role does Luke have in her future, and why can’t she see it?
Forgotten by Cat Patrick is really unique to the YA genre, which is currently overflowing with vampires, werewolves, immortals, angels, and other supernatural creatures. London’s world isn’t exactly normal, but she doesn’t possess any superpowers and everything else around her is what most readers would consider true to life. Forgotten isn’t exactly an original story (think movies like Memento, 50 First Dates, and even Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind) but it is a unique spin on the idea of memory loss and repression.
Luke was my favorite character in Forgotten. He came up with really sweet date ideas, he didn’t pressure London into becoming too intimate too quickly, and he put up with her pettiness. London and her best friend Jamie were constantly fighting and most of the time I couldn’t side with London. Her interactions with other characters, like Page, portray her as judgemental and icy. London isn’t someone most people would want to be friends with, or stick with through a whole book listening to her innermost thoughts.
The majority of Forgotten focuses on London’s relationship with Luke and her desire to reconnect with her estranged father. As much as I liked Luke, I felt the most fascinating bits of this novel were why London’s memory is the way it is and the secret that London’s mother kept from her for so many years. Sadly, Patrick only briefly writes about the big unraveling of the secret, and I was very unsatisfied with the conclusion.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.
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