In her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott says, “For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”

My hope is that this is what books become to you—as important as almost anything else on earth. This blog is about helping you find the miracle in these small, flat, rigid squares of paper while you are in middle school and beyond. Once you read alongside me, you are forever a member of my tribe of readers. No matter how you old you are, when you need to be reminded of the power of a good story, you will find me here, waiting to place one in your hands.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

FORGOTTEN by Cat Patrick

copyright date: June 2011
primarily marketed for: young adults (12 and up)

Imagine waking up every day without a memory of the previous day.  Imagine relying on notes you write to yourself to keep track of the life you are living.  Imagine being able to remember the future, but not the past. 

Imagine you are London Lane in Cat Patrick's Forgotten.

Every night when London Lane goes to sleep, her memory of the day is wiped clear.  Because she is able to remember the future, she has a loyal best friend Jamie (which she knows without a doubt because they are still friends in her memories of the future).  However, Jamie’s current choices are having a negative impact on her future and London begins to test whether or not she can make an impact on or even completely change future events. 

When she meets an attractive new student named Luke, she is unable to remember him from day to day since he is not in her future memories.  Despite her lack of a future with him, London pursues a relationship based on elaborate notes. 

Haunted by a future memory of a funeral, London enlists Luke’s help to uncover the missing details in her life. 

Amongst the tension in the plot, there are lots of charming moments, like every time London sees Luke in person, she is newly surprised by how hot he is (even more incredible than her notes said he was or that photograph just doesn’t do him justice). 

Ultimately, London discovers the answers she is looking for through a thoroughly satisfying (if slightly implausible, but forgivably implausible) series of events.

1 comment:

  1. When I got this book in the mail (after squealing and showing it to everyone) I sat down and read it immediately. I read until I couldn't stay up any longer and fell asleep. Then when I woke up I picked it back up and read it until I finished it. I have been wanting this book so badly since I first heard about it. It's a little bit of everything I love, drama, psychological, and mystery...It's the sort of book that is confusing and mind-blowing all in one swoop. Think Memento meets 50 First Dates with a splash of the future.