Forgotten by Cat Patrick

A beautiful cover, an intriguing concept and a reading copy later, Forgotten is one of the best young adult books I’ve read this year, possibly longer. The kind of young adult novel that can be appreciated by not-so-young adults (my favourite kind!), Forgotten drew me in straight away. London Lane isn’t exactly like you or me. For her, remembering is of tomorrow, yesterday is forgotten once it happens, or more specifically, at 4.33am. Quite apart from remembering what your boyfriend looks like, or who you pissed off last week, imagine going to school on the last day of the year and not know where your classrooms are because you don’t go to school tomorrow. The mind boggles. But reading Forgotten, its not mind-boggling, its just London’s life. Well done, Cat Patrick.

Damaged/unusualy memory concepts aren’t an unheard of idea in fiction; this year there’s S J Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep and previously Still Alice by Lisa Genova and What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty touched on this idea. However, it was the impossible, fantastical concept that made me immediately think of Ann Brashares’ My Name is Memory…in reverse. But that’s pretty much where the similarities end, both books are enjoyable but My Name is Memory has more emphasis on the magical side that Forgotten. Even as someone whose typically not a huge fan of fantasy (except Harry Potter, clearly) I really, really, liked both.

Forgotten is a funny, interesting, occasionally tense story of life in high school with a difference. A seriously strong female lead and the kind of love interest that all girls wish they had in high school/uni/life in general make for a completely engrossing read. From trying to figure out if you can change to future to *gasp*, past memories mixing with future memories, London really has her work cut out for her. Ill be forcing this down your throat if you come in looking for a plane/beach/bed read that keeps you entertained without giving you nightmares or making your eyes glaze over when you’re tired. Loved it. Paperback, $22.95.

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