Sunday, May 22, 2011

Book Review: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Before I continue with my three part facing failure series, I must post a review of a book I read this morning while it’s still fresh in my mind. But first, I have to let you in on an awesome deal I’ve sort of stumbled into. The people at Cover to Cover, my favorite independent local kids bookstore, offered me several ARCs to review. (ARC is short for Advanced Reading Copy. Publishers send them out to bookstores and the media and now more and more lately to bloggers to review and hopefully create buzz before the books are officially released.) I jumped at this opportunity. Actually I felt like a kid in a candy store, salivating over the boxes of ARCs hidden away in the back room and wondering how many I could realistically carry out of there without looking too greedy. I took seven and told them I would only blog about the books I really liked. I don’t know how other bloggers feel about this, but I don’t see the point in spending time writing something negative. I know what goes into making a book. I’m not going to add to another writer’s pain by creating whatever the opposite of buzz is.

So that said, here is my first review of an ARC, and what I hope is my little piece of its ensuing buzz:

The book is Forgotten by Cat Patrick, edited by Nancy Conescu and Elizabeth Bewley at Little, Brown.

The premise immediately grabbed me. The main character, London Lane, wakes up every morning forgetting everything that happened to her the day before. (Sort of like the movie Memento, but this girl remembers the events of a particular day until her brain resets itself at 4:33 a.m.) There’s also an added twist in that she can see the future. The irony is that she can remember things until they actually happen and then she forgets them. So she takes a lot of notes, reminding herself what she wore and what assignments she needs for school and any other important details that will help her make it through the day without looking like a total flake.

Teen girls will love this book because there’s a cute boy,(whom our memory-challenged main character swoons over as she meets him every day for the first time), and there’s a mystery involving a future, creepy vision. Plus, there’s the added tension that builds as the girl (and the reader) try to figure out what messed up her memory in the first place and if it will ever be possible for her to change the future.

Couldn’t put it down and highly recommend. Look for it mid June!

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