In Forgotten, Cat Patrick crafts a fun, playful tale that is a perfect summer read. London Lane will win readers' hearts from the start (and not just for her awesome name). The poor girl is afflicted by a very unique memory condition -- forgetting the past each night, but "remembering" the future -- but she doesn't let that tarnish her shining personality. London is sweet and sassy, with a narrative voice full of so much spunk that readers will be laughing on nearly every page.
London's best friend, on the other hand, does not shine quite so brightly. Jamie is that girl -- the one boys love to ogle, and girls love to hate. Though she is a vivacious character who leaps off the page, it's a bit of a mystery why she and London are friends. Jamie seems spoiled and selfish for most of the novel, abandoning London when she needs her most. The story would have been more balanced if London had a reliable female friend, rather than being isolated from everyone except her new boyfriend.
Speaking of her new boyfriend -- the romance between Luke and London was simple and sweet, innocent but with the dash of passion we all remember from our teen years. Luke is charming and handsome with a hint of vulnerability, and the perfect boy to bring home to Mom. However, he is perhaps a little too perfect. Luke practically worships London, which drains any contentious spark from his personality. A character needs flaws, and too-perfect boyfriends can become dull after a while.
London's condition throws a wrench in all of her relationships, and it is fascinating to watch the unexpected ways her memory problem complicates her life. It also brings darkness to an otherwise bright and breezy novel -- London can see not only the good things, but death and horror as well. With her characteristic optimism, London sets out to change a tragic future, revealing the truth about her own past along the way. Cat Patrick doesn't shy away from harsh reality and her straightforward approach adds depth to the novel, raising Forgotten out of the realm of fluff and making it the perfect blend of light and dark to while away the summer hours.
Disclosure: I received an advance review copy from the publicist. This did not affect my review in any way.
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