Say this with me now: "hall - e - lull - jah" - I have found the one book on all the shelves that takes YA fiction and doesn't patronise the fluff out of you.
I would like to personally thank Cat Patrick for writing a novel that not only includes "supernatural elements" and romance that doesnt make me want to hurl, but that also completely understands the language, emotions and instability of being a teenager.
is exactly the kind of YA fiction I want to read. It's the Ben Stiller Effect (as mentioned in this post) and it's also clever, endearing and fun.
London Lane is a girl who can't remember yesterday or anything before it, but sees her future as "memories"; it's interesting, well thought-out and it's not labouriously explained every chapter unlike some books I could mention. While coping with this "broken brain", London see flashes of a future that causes her to think both her boyfriend and her mother are lying to her, and seeks to find out what they're keeping in the dark.
I really enjoyed reading Forgotten. For the first time in a long time, I actually cared for the characters. London is the most human character I've read lately and very relatable to teenage girls. I like that, for once, a YA heroine isn't melodramatic or letting her life be pulled apart by instant, unfounded love for a dangerous boy. London cares for her friends, she does her homework and she actually wants a relationship with her parents (who aren't just there to provide her somewhere legitimate to sleep!)
Through London, Cat Patrick really captures the excitement of a crush, and even though London experiences this for the first time every day, she manages to make it new each time and not once did I find myself thinking "here we go again..." She also has the art of teenage conversation to a "T".
As for the obligatory "hot boyfriend", the old favourites of "gorgeous" and "god-lilke" are in there, but they aren't over-used. And, actually - this dude's a half decent guy! *high fives*
Aside from the great charaters, the story line walks the divide between fun and serious like an old pro. There are some quite heavy themes in the book (teacher/student romance, death, absent parents, kidnap) but Cat Patrick manages to keep a great balance that never lets the book fall into a dark shadow.
All in all, Forgotten is a great read and I would definately recommend it to you if you like a bit of romance and mystery. It's solid teen fiction, and a whole heap better than anything else I've encountered in the genre lately. It was also refreshing to read a book that didn't lean entirely upon the paranormal elements of it's story to carry it and instead created characters you wanted to believe in.
If you've read Forgotten, I'd love to hear what you thought of it too!
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Emma is a designer living in Bristol, UK. A self-confessed stationery addict, book lover and TV sci-fi geek, she enjoys sketching zombie-eyed women and finding her next source of inspiration in the pages on the bookshelf.