London Lane can remember the future but not the past. Every night her memories are erased, and she wakes up to a unfamiliar world. The good news is that she remembers her future; thus she recognizes everything and everyone who plays a part in her life to come. That means she knows her house, her mom, her school, and her town. What she doesn't know is what she wore to school the day before, the names of people who aren't in her future, her homework assignments, and her childhood.
Every night before she goes to bed, London records her day so she can live her tomorrow as normally as possible. She and her mom have it all under control until the day London has a real memory--one from her childhood. As past and future collide, London is confronted with events that she must learn to accept and is haunted by the possibility that she can change what's to come.
Cat Patrick's young adult novel Forgotten is founded on a classic premise: If you know the future, can you change events? Should you change them? Should you tell your friends what will happen? London Lane's story, however, has a unique perspective. What if you knew your future but didn't know your past? At least some of your tomorrows would lose their context, making it difficult to understand how your life will play out.
With its mix of humor, teen trauma, and deeper tragedies, Forgotten is both a quick read and a novel that is perfect for book clubs. Besides the ramifications of knowing the future, discussion topics include parent-child relationships, teacher-student relationships, the limits (if any) of one's responsibility to help others, personal privacy and trust, and the circumstances (if any) when it's okay to hide the truth to protect those you love.
Forgotten is an Indie Next pick for Summer 2011. If you'd like to read the novel, remember that there's still time to enter my giveaway: Two of my readers have a chance to win a copy of Forgotten (U.S./Canada mailing address only; for details, click the link).
Give it to me quickly: Teenage London Lane can "remember" her future but not her past; when she foresees unhappiness, should she use her special knowledge to try protect those she loves?
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