This book will be released on June 7.
If you just skim the inside flap of the book jacket, the premise of Forgotten sounds a little like 50 First Dates. For London, “memories” come not from the past, but the future. She remembers only the people and events that will take place in the future. Once a future memory comes to pass, it slips away when her memory is wiped clean each night at precisely 4:33 AM, as if it never happened. The only people she recognizes are the ones who are in her long-term future. The ones who don’t matter, she forgets. Forgotten by Cat Patrick is a romance undercut by psychological intrigue. While there are spots of humor, this book is a pretty serious introspection into what it’s like to live not holding onto any memories. I clung to this book long after I read it.
The book opens with the arrival of a new student, Luke Henry, who is unbelievably appealing (and definitely a new literary boy crush). London is immediately attracted to him (and he to her), even though she knows he’s not in her future because she doesn’t recognize his face. Even so, she moves determinedly forward into a relationship with him, which we get to see unfold. Because of London’s affliction, their entire relationship feels like falling in love for the first time, again and again, but not in any way that gets tired.
The story is a combination of London’s present-time narration, her prescient dreams, and her handwritten notes—cues telling her about the day that she forgot during the night. The mystery doesn’t so much as unravel as it winds tighter and tighter. Because of the choppy timeline of events, London’s mood shifts can seem a little jarring. As a whole, London is a fascinating character to read, and I really appreciate that her condition is separate from her personality. She works with it, and when she starts to try and change the future, I couldn’t put the book down.
The premise requires a little suspension of disbelief, but for the most part I got so swept up in how London lived her life without the ability to recall, I didn’t worry about the logistics. Because of the gaps in London’s memory, Forgotten is initially a little confusing, but I slipped into the flow of the short chapters very quickly. The pacing is suspenseful, and I loved piecing together the puzzle pieces of the plot from the reactions of the characters surrounding London.
Forgotten is definitely a great book to kick off your summer reading, and I can’t recommend it enough!
Lee likes all things spy, smelling books, and is almost always craving a cheeseburger. She tweets from @lkyim about reading books NOT assigned for class. Also she likes Greek mythology. And dogs.