Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult/Mystery/Fantasy/Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
This is simply one of the most beautifully written books I have read in a while. It isn’t my usual action packed paranormal drama, but it moved me. Now this is a YA book, so there will be some insane drama, but it doesn’t take away from the story. I really would recommend this to anyone who wants an interesting take on the psychological.
Forgotten is about a young girl named London Lane (love that name) who can’t remember her past. She must have notes to remind her of everything because her brain “resets” at 4:33 AM. But if not having a memory of her past life isn’t enough, she actually knows the future. She knows what will become of her and those around her. So she gets extra curious when she keeps seeing a funeral taking place in her mind. London doesn’t know who has died, but she knows it is someone she knows. And worse, they start when she meets Luke Henry, the potential love of her life.
Thanks to Candace at Candace's Book Blog, I had the pleasure of hearing about this book. After her raving review, I had to give it a whirl. I am very happy I did because I really enjoyed this book. I love the pace of the book. I love that even with a somewhat paranormal aspect; it feels like the everyday life of any girl, so it does make parts relatable. I love that I couldn’t even guess where the hell this book was going, but where it went was mind-blowing.
I also enjoyed the characters. London was a typical teenage girl despite her problem. She had one friend, Jamie, who was sort of awful given what she is doing (well who). London tries to save her because she knows if Jamie doesn’t get some common sense, her friend will end up in a very dark and dangerous state. London was a great character, I won’t lie, I did want to punch a time or two because of how unfair she was towards Luke because of something he lied about. I understand why she got angry, but I didn’t like that she ignores the fact that she did the same thing to him. What gives? Luke is the new hot guy on my best boyfriend list. Honestly, girls would kill for a Luke. All the more reason I was angry with London. Has no idea how lucky she is. But you do feel for London because she doesn’t know who to trust when things come to light, not even her own mother who is keeping a big secret.
I love the buildup of the mystery in this book. Out of all the people London is surrounded by, Luke is the only one she can’t see in her future. She is fighting to find out if she can change the future because some of the things she sees are scary. She needs to find out whose funeral it is that she keeps seeing. Can she stop it or not? Can she save her friend (and not-so-friend) from destruction and embarrassment? It will all be revealed. The only complaint I have for this book is that I wish it went a little further. The things we discover in the end were so crazy, I was almost brought to tears and I just felt like we weren’t given a complete ending. I would have loved an extra 50 pages to this book. Trust me, once you find out what the secret is, you will probably want more too.
Overall, this was a great read. The romance was so beautiful. Luke is definitely high on the best book boyfriend list. The characters weren’t annoying. Well, London a tiny bit, but nowhere close to Bella-territory, so that is a bonus. This book is set to be a movie soon and I hope it captures the story well. It is so well written and unique. Actually London is to be played by Hailee Steinfeld. For those that don’t know, it is that amazing 15 year old, Oscar-nominated actress who acted the hell out of True Grit. Steinfeld was good enough to star next to Jeff Bridges, so I have faith. A high recommendation.