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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Review: Forgotten

What would life be like if every time you fell asleep, your memory reset? If you didn’t remember yesterday, or the week before, or the people you were closest to? What if you saw the future instead of the past?

This is the story of London Lane, a teenager with a memory deficiency. London can’t remember things from the past, having to leave herself reminder notes about who her friends are, the things from school she needs to remember, and what she wore. Instead, she her memories are all from the future. She can ‘remember’ what will happen when her best friend gets involved with the wrong man, and she knows how life will turn out.

Nothing unexpected can happen in London’s future; she knows who will be part of her life and who won’t.

Until she meets Luke. Gorgeous, kind and funny, Luke is everything London wants in a guy. The only problem is, she has no memory of him in her future. What does this lack of memory mean? What is his role in her life? Should she forget her future and follow her heart?

And what will happen when she starts learning more about the memories?

This is the young adult book with the big blurb; publishers Hardie Grant Egmont are speaking of this one with an insight into how they came to buy the rights. The story and the characters stayed in their minds long after they finished reading. In their words, they “had to have Forgotten”.

As with any book accompanied with some hype, potential readers always wonder if they should believe the raves and read the book, or ignore it to find some hidden gem.

In this case, believe it. Pick Forgotten from the shelf, stock up on snacks, plonk yourself on the couch and absorb yourself in London’s world. You won’t be able to put this one down.

The voice of London Lane will haunt you, her questions and worries so real and understandable. You’ll be with her as she takes the twists and turns of life that we all take, but in her own way; that is, well ahead of time. You will ponder what your own life would be like if you could see into the future, and feel empathy with her forgetting her past.

This is a story that has to be read. Truly worth any of the hype.

Title: Forgotten
Author: Cat Patrick
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, $22.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 June 2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921690624
For ages: Young adult
Type: Novel

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