Book – As a connoisseur of all things memory-books, I love sinking my teeth into any novel focused on an amnesiac. My “Bookshelf of Memory” mainly contains adult fiction, but I’ve recently come across some prospective novels in the Young Adult and Youth departments. That’s how I happened upon Forgotten by Cat Patrick.
Every morning, London reads the notes she left herself the night before–general facts about her life, as well as specific details about homework, school, and important reminders for her daily life. Navigating high school is hard enough without waking up each morning with no memory of the day before. However, London’s curse is also a gift, for while she can’t recall the past, she sees “memories” of the future. She knows that her best friend will be unlucky in love, throwing herself at every guy she meets. She sees snippets of what the future holds for herself and others. Everything changes when she meets the new kid at school, Luke Henry, who in spite of her condition, London just can’t seem to forget.
The story had such an intriguing premise, but fell short of my expectations, mainly due to the high school romance scene. As a high schooler, I probably would have appreciated this book a lot more, but now I could have gone without the lovesick puppy romance. I wanted it to be more about London’s memories, and her crazy unique ability to see into the future.