When I told people about this book Forgotten by Cat Patrick, they were reminded of the movie 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. That’s one of the reasons I decided to read it because I liked the movie so much! The main character in the book, London, forgets everything that happened in a day when she falls asleep. How would you deal with that? I would get so annoyed with myself and probably wouldn’t keep many friends or relationships. But that’s not how London deals with it.

                When an accident in her childhood resulted in this memory loss, London had to start keeping notes every night before she fell asleep in order to help her throughout the upcoming days. When she meets a new boy at her high school, she feels a connection, but that connection is hard to keep up with because she forgets him the very next day and has to start all over again. When reading this part, I felt really bad for the boy because he had to deal with someone he loves not being able to remember the special times they shared together.  Although she can’t remember things from her past, she can remember things that happened in her future. And one thing that isn’t in her future is her boyfriend, but we have no idea what actually happens to them in the future which annoyed me. The book just left you hanging, but in a bad way.

                There is also this whole other story going on trying to find her kidnapped brother whom her family thought died. I can’t tell you what happened to him because that would ruin it! I didn’t really like this part of the book because I liked seeing how London dealt with her memory loss in everyday situations more.

                Overall, this book had a very interesting concept which drew me in at the beginning. Every time we would have to stop reading in class, I didn’t want to which showed how enjoyable this book was. The only bad thing was how it ended. Books that don’t have a good ending usually leave a bad impression on me. Do you think you would be able to handle the stress that comes along with the memory loss?

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Tags: Cat Patrick, Forgotten, fiction, memory

Comment by Melinda Cox on April 13, 2012 at 11:01am

Hi! I'm Melinda from Carbondale Community High School.  I definitely would not handle the stress very well if I couldn't remember things from the day before.  I would get really annoyed and like you said I would most likely not keep friends or relationships for that long.  This book definitely sounds interesting and I love books that keep you wanting to read more. Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Rosemary Agbeh on April 18, 2012 at 5:44pm

Hi, I'm Rosemary from Carbondale Community High School! This book sounds interesting from your description of it. It sounds like something that would keep you wanting to read more and more of it. Given London's situation of not being able to remember anything, I would definitely get frustrated with myself. Especially since everyday would be all new, and you'd have to get situated all over again with friends, family, etc. But writing notes about the previous day sounds pretty smart! I will definitely consider reading this book, thanks for posting!

Comment by Bryce Reno-Gibson on May 9, 2012 at 2:46pm

It would be terrible if I couldn't remember anything. How are you supposed to live life if you don't remember where you live, who's your friends, and how to do your job? I don't think I could do it. I would be very annoyed if I didn't remember things, and forgetting everything everyday is horrible. It is a good idea though for a story. The book by the way sounds like it could be addicting. I haven't heard of the movie 50 First Dates though. I should probably check it out, then read the book to compare and contrast them.

Comment by Tanya Rajamahanty on May 9, 2012 at 8:06pm

Hi. I'm Tanya from Carbondale Community High School. I love the movie,"50 first dates". I also agree that it would be quite frustrating to cope with memory loss. I think the feeling like I was around strangers, who are all insisting that they know me, would be frustrating. I also think it is sad for their loved one or family to have someone who doesn't know who they are and don't remember the special times they spend together. I probably would most likely not keep friends or relationships for that long so they won't get too attached and make me feel bad. This book sounds very interesting and I plan on reading it soon. Great Blog!!

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