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Always Nothing There To Remind Me

A review of Forgotten by Cat Patrick, which is way too easy a set-up for a book that Posh didn't find memorable.

Always Nothing There To Remind Me

BOOK REPORT for Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Cover Story: A Little Too Lifetime
BFF Charm: Nay
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Drama, Plain and Simple
Bonus Factor: Memento
Relationship Status: Acquaintance Whose Name You Can't Ever Remember

Cover Story: A Little Too Lifetime

This cover isn't outright shameful, but it does scream HEY STRANGER ACROSS FROM ME THIS IS A TEEN DRAMA. I can't tell if this girl is scared or worried or like totally zen because the MASSIVE KANYE CAPS are partially obscuring her face, but I do know that she's sporting some nice lip gloss.

The Deal:

Y'all, I have a pretty terrible memory. And not just after five cocktails, I mean, like, all of the time. Here's a conversation I have on a pretty much weekly basis:

Friend from College: OMG I was just thinking the other day about that time we stayed up all night studying for that test and ended up befriending drag queens at that gay diner down the street. That was THE BEST!

Me: Whoah, we did? That sounds awesome!

Friend: Duh, yeah! You know, it was for that big stat test.

Me: I took a stat class?

Friend: Woman, we sat together and passed notes like every day.

Me: Wait, we went to college together?

So imagine my surprise when I encountered a character whose memory is WAY worse than mine. In fact, it's nonexistent... that is, until she gets to the future. Allow me to explain! London Lane (AGAIN WITH THE TERRIBLE NAMES) wakes up every morning with absolutely no recollection of her previous life experience. Every night before she goes to sleep, she writes down notes for herself, covering everything from the book she needs for class to the fact that she has a crush on a boy. (Seriously, how does the girl not have carpal tunnel by now?) Her only memories actually aren't memories at all-- they're visions of events that have yet to occur. So when she sees her mom or her best friend, she recognizes them, because they're both part of London's future. But what does it mean when she falls for Luke, the hot new kid in school, but keeps forgetting him each day? And how did this memory loss start in the first place? In an effort to unlock these secrets, London begins acting on her visions, but she may be manipulating a much darker future.

BFF Charm: Nay

I dunno, you guys. London is a super nice person, and she cares deeply for her bestie, Jamie, but I'm not sure I have the patience to remind her of the zillion things she forgot overnight. I mean, not only would she be a TERRIBLE study partner, but we wouldn't even be able to gossip together, because she wouldn't remember that so-and-so kissed so-and-so's boyfriend under the bleachers and where's the fun in being friends if you can't talk bad about other people? I wouldn't even do anything nice for her, because it's not like she would appreciate it the next day! Also, London's lack of memory sort of keeps her lacking in the personality department. So while I think she's nice, I'm going to have to pass on giving her my charm. Which is really no big deal, because SHE WON'T REMEMBER THAT THIS HAPPENED.

Swoonworthy Scale: 5

Luke is a charming blend of sweetness and swagger, and the secret behind his crush on London is pretty SEXAY. The only fun part of London's memory loss was her daily realization of his hotness, and I enjoyed her discovering him each day (although I did tire of the same descriptors to illustrate his handsomeness). There's a nice make-out session involving a closet, but the swoon is eventually overshadowed by some serious dramz.

Talky Talk: Drama, Plain and Simple

Cat Patrick's writing style is pretty straightforward, and she doesn't waste time with flowery descriptions or paragraphs of angst. At times, her dialog and prose felt a little too basic to me, but her efficiency with words certainly kept the story going. And that's where the drama comes in. London's story is full of twists and turns, some of which were so sharp, I could hear the tires of my brain screeching. Don't get me wrong, I love mysteries, but a few of the plot points in this book felt totally out of left field. It's like starting an episode of My So-Called Life and then, about halfway through, the channel suddenly changes to X-Files. Both shows are totes awesome, but switching between them is a bit of a mindcuss.

Bonus Factor: Memento

I'm sure we all have moments we'd like to forget, and London can blissfully wipe away her mortification each night. More importantly, girlfriend can SEE THE FUTURE. I kinda wish she had taken more advantage of this, like maybe buying stock in some future tech company or finding someone like Ryan Reynolds when he's just a no-name hottie so she can marry him and then get to be a rich celebrity wife. I mean, I can't be the only one who's thought of this, RIGHT?

Casting Call:

Hailee Steinfeld as London

Thanks to the comments on this post, I learned that this book is gonna be a movie (of course it is), and Hailee has been cast as London. Nice one, Hollywood!

William Moseley as Luke

I don't care what Lionsgate is smoking, William is the perfect choice to play the cute, blonde nice guy.

Relationship Status: Acquaintance Whose Name You Can't Ever Remember

When I met this book, we spent a whole day hanging out. It pulled me in with its mysteriousness, and just when I felt like walking away, it would say something CRAZY to keep me entertained. We had a fun afternoon, but even though only a few days have passed, it's already faded in my memory. Now when I see pass it in the street, I'm happy to stop and make small talk, but I always have to do that, "Hey... YOU!" thing, because I totally don't even remember its name! AWKWARD.

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FTC Full Disclosure: I received my review copy from Little, Brown. I received neither money nor cocktails for writing this review (dammit!). Forgotten is currently available.

Posh Deluxe's photo About the Author: Sarah lives in Austin, TX, where she programs films at the Alamo Drafthouse. Sarah enjoys fancy cocktails, dance parties and anything that sparkles (except vampires).