Am in two minds whether to put this review up NOW or wait till nearer the time of the book's release in June 2011. So, if you are reading this, I have made my decision.
Forgotten is a debut novel by Cat Patrick which is cause a HUGE stir in the publishing world. So much so that the novel will be released simultaneous in the UK, Australia and the USA at the same time (6th June 2011), and before it is even published, Paramount Pictures have bought the film rights and Hailee Steinfield (True Grit) is attached to play the main character, London.
So, let's talk about the story itself.
London Lane is your typical sixteen year old, expect for one or two things. Mainly, she can see the future. It comes to her in flashes and she remember them like memories. So, she knows what she's going to wear next Tuesday or having an argument that will happen this afternoon. But ask her what she had for dinner yesterday, or what she wore the day before, she can't remember. For every day, at 4:33am, her memory resets itself. She can remember the future, but not her past.
And the way she copes with this is with the help of her notes she writes every night before bed, her mom and her best friend Jamie. The system worked. Until now. Jamie is slowly going off the rail, London's mom has been lying to her and, to top it all off, London can't see a boy she's in love with in her future and, because her memory resets itself, every time she meets him, it's like the first time she has met and fallen in love with him...
Still with us? Still understanding what's going on?
Before I go any futher with this book, I want to quickly explain how I got this book because, before I got it, I was completely unaware of this book. On Twitter, a book-blogger-pal Rhys from Thirst For Fiction (@FictionThirst) had read Forgotten and tweeted about how it was right up my street. And then Jo from Once Upon A Bookshelf (@JoStapley) got involved and totally agree that I should read this book. So after a mad 3-way twitter conversation about this book (basically being told it's like 50 First Dates meets The Time Traveller's Wife) and maybe twitter bullying/begging, the UK Publishers – Egmont Books – decided to take pity on me and sent me an ARC of Forgotten. So, I owe a big thank you to Rhys, Jo and Mike from Egmont.
Now, my views on this book. I can go completely mad on how I liked this book. But I won't. I can't because I can't describe it the way I want to, so am keeping it short. Forgotten is one of those rare books that you can read completely in one sitting and still crave more. I just love this book and I can't wait to see what you gets think of it when it comes out.
(And now for the music part of the book review and these three songs fit perfectly. I hope you like.)
PS - if you want to read a short interview of the model and photographer of Forgotten (& Cat Clarke's Entangled), Josefine Jönsson, please click here.