Book Review: Forgotten by 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.
Mixed feelings after reading this one. I enjoyed reading Forgotten, and was quickly drawn into the story. It’s not a challenging read and if you’re looking for some brief escapism, Forgotten would be a good choice. The romance is sweet and there is a unique and interesting premise holding the story together. London’s memory resets it’s self every night at 4.33am. She cannot remember anything about her past and so leaves notes for herself to read the next morning. She does, however, ‘remember’ certain people who feature in her life, if they are in her future. Because, though London cannot remember her past, she can see the future in flashes.
Unfortunately, I never felt the author really explored the possibilities of someone actually having to live with no memory. As you may have gathered from reading other reviews, there are a lot of plot holes and if I’m honest much of the story didn’t really fit together or make much sense, once you started thinking to much about it.
One issue is the lack of background given to the reader. If you haven’t read the synopsis (or a review or two), you might find yourself a little lost in the beginning, particularly as London obviously doesn’t really know what’s going on in her life but talks about ‘remembering’ things. What she means, of course, is that she remembers things, or people, from the future. Odd choice of word and does cause some confusion in places.
Another major problem with Forgotten is that it just sort of peters out. London’s condition, particularly how she is able to see the future, is never explained. There is build up to a major plot-line and a twist right at the end, but rather than exploring this fully, it is very rushed and clumsily put together, so inevitably felt like it had been tacked on simply to try and give the story more depth. The ending, sadly, was very abrupt and unsatisfying, and read as though we are cut off in the middle of a chapter. Several key questions aren’t answered, such as why London doesn’t ever see Luke in her future (when clearly he plays a major role in her life), and then, suddenly, she does.
Forgotten is best enjoyed if you just go with it and take it for what it is, which, essentially, is a fluffy romance with a bit of a twist. Luke was a bit of a sweetie and very patient with London, but I couldn’t help thinking that he was a little too perfect and found London falling in love with him every day, just from reading some notes on him in the morning telling her she was in love with him, unrealistic (not to mention lazy writing). I could have done with some more tension, some complications in their relationship. It was too easy and I would have liked to have seen days where she wasn’t interested in Luke, or doesn’t feel understand or accept his importance in her life, rather than being besotted day in day out, with little to no cause. It wasn’t that the repetition bored me, more that I wanted to actually experience London falling in love and see the challenges their romance would logically face, rather than read about how ‘hot’ he was.
I did find the notes unrealistic. For London to have any idea about her life, her relationships, she would have had to have read extensive, detailed notes, pages and pages every morning, which we never see. It didn’t work for me, nor did the fact that nobody else ever seemed to notice her condition. Surely London must have suffered strange mood swings and constant bouts of forgetfulness? Frustratingly, London brings a lot of trouble onto herself, for lying in her notes each night, for letting situations with her mum and Jamie drag out without doing anything, for her. often childish, reactions. She accuses the people in her life of lying to her, but the truth is, she is lying to herself. She complains about her memory but then wiggles out of facing anything difficult and upsetting by purposefully leaving out information in her notes and hiding things from herself.
Regardless of the problems I had, I think a lot of people will enjoy this book. There are some lovely scenes between London and Luke and the concept is very interesting, if not as well executed as it could have been. Worth picking up in the library.