Synopses & Reviews
Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can "remember" are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you'd easily forget, yet try as she might, London can't find him in her memories of things to come.
When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it's time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.
"Memory is a tricky thing, but never more so than for high school junior London Lane, who must write notes to herself each night, so that when she wakes up with her memory wiped clean, she can be reminded of past events in her life. And the 'memories' London does have (including a friend's disastrous relationship with a teacher and a mysterious funeral) are of the future. It's an ambitious premise, and first-time novelist Patrick doesn't quite pull it off. The underlying 'rules' of London's condition are murky; she remembers her mother and best friend's identities, as well as her own (presumably drawing from future memories), yet even months into a relationship with gorgeous new student Luke, she doesn't remember him without her notes. More baffling is London and her mother's lack of concern about her condition. 'I wouldn't say that you're broken,' her mother tells her. 'You're special.' (Meanwhile, London is still walking into the wrong classrooms on the last day of school.) London's romance and the story's several mysteries may draw in readers, but the inconsistencies prove frustrating. Ages 12 up. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Forgotten is a mind-bending experience that I devoured in one sitting. Cat Patrick's exciting and impressive debut still haunts me."--Jay Asher, New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why
"A captivating psychological drama, a toe-tingling romance and a completely original premise, Forgotten is full of twists and turns you won't see coming."----Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds, a 2011 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults book
"Cat Patrick's debut won't be forgotten by readers. It's a page-turning mystery and a heartrending story of love, loss and...memories of the future. Don't miss this one."----Gail Giles, award-winning author of Dark Song and What Happened to Cass McBride?
manages to be both a love story and a psychological suspense. It reminded us that the memories we share with the people we love are the most important ties that bind us together... Forgotten
"With a bit of fantasy and lots of intrigue, Cat Patrick manages to capture her audience right from the start.... She has a nice, clear style of writing that will easily appeal to the young teenage group."--PW
is a thought-provoking debut novel and a glimpse at the mysteries of the brain. Experiencing London's dilemmas, readers can't help but ponder the importance of their own memories."
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.
Part psychological drama, part romance, and part mystery, this thought-provoking novel will inspire readers to consider the what-if's in their own lives and recognize the power they have to control their destinies.
About the Author
On a rainy November morning, new baby sleep deprived, Cat Patrick forgot what she was doing. She retraced her steps but instead of remembering, the idea for Forgotten
Cat lives near Seattle with her husband and twin daughters who now, thankfully, sleep through the night. Forgotten is her debut novel.