14 June 2011

Today's Read & Giveaway: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

The Book Hot off the press this month is a book I've been waiting for: Cat Patrick's debut novel Forgotten, which is contemporary young adult fiction mixed with a bit of mystery and a splash of teen romance. Put this title on your list of great summer reads; I think you're going to like it.

Read the publisher's summary to get a sense of Forgotten:

What if every day when you woke up, you had no recollection of the days before?

Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can “remember” are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you’d easily forget, but try as she might, London can’t find him in her memories of things to come.

When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it’s time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting--before it destroys her future.
What happens, though, when London doesn't have a handy reminder note and her mother is asking her and Luke what happened on their date? London has to wait until Luke gives a recap, then she thinks:
I can't believe I missed what might have been my best date ever.

I turn to my mom, mouth still slightly ajar, and the ice melts. I see in her eyes the realization. She understands now that I don't remember the evening. Keeping up the facade for Luke's benefit, she asks, "Is that true, London?" Her look tells me to agree. (p. 103)
Yikes, you've got to feel sorry for London. She can't remember eating pizza and talking and looking at the stars with this gorgeous hunk of a guy. Heck, she doesn't even remember his name!

Here's another look at how London copes with her messed-up memory:

Currently there are four entries in London's video diary, and you can see them all on the Little, Brown young adult site. New videos are added periodically, so don't forget (ha!) to check the site for more.


I'm really pleased to be able to offer two (yep, two!) of my readers a chance to win a copy of Forgotten by Cat Patrick. Because the books will be mailed by the publicist, this giveaway is open only to those who have a U.S. or Canadian mailing address. Just fill out the form to enter, and I'll use a random-number generator to pick two winners on June 27. Good luck!

For more information about Forgotten by Cat Patrick (Little, Brown, June 2011), be sure to visit the publisher's website.

MizB at Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesdays. Here's how it works: Grab your current read; let the book fall open to a random page; and share 2 "teaser" sentences from that page. For more teasers, click on through to MizB's blog.


Anonymous,  6/14/11, 6:14 AM  

I still cannot decide how I feel about interactive reading that links actresses/actors with current reading. If it is YA and it helps the young folks read then I think it's a lovely idea. Somehow for me, though, giving me a ready made character takes the imagination out of my reading.

Meg @ A Bookish Affair 6/14/11, 8:27 AM  

Like the commenter above said, I'm a little torn about using actors in book trailers. It kind of takes away from the imagination.

I'm excited to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

Beth F 6/14/11, 8:33 AM  

Too funny -- I must be totally out of it because I didn't realize the person in the video was a known actress. LOL.

Gigi Ann 6/14/11, 8:36 AM  

It isn't a book that appeals to me, I guess that is because I'm not a YA anymore, I'm a Gigi.

Thanks for the visit to my "Tuesday Teaser" post today.

Unknown 6/14/11, 9:48 AM  

Sounds like a very interesting book, thanks for hosting a giveaway, I made sure to enter.

Anonymous,  6/14/11, 10:30 AM  

I definitely want to read this one. It sounds really good.

Zibilee 6/14/11, 10:44 AM  

This does sound like a really interesting premise for a book, and I would love the chance to read it. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway, and for posting the book trailer too!

bermudaonion 6/14/11, 11:34 AM  

I'm sure glad I'm not London!!

Alice Audrey 6/14/11, 11:38 AM  

I suspect I'd like the book better than the trailer. There's some fun attitude in the lines.

Nise' 6/14/11, 12:28 PM  

I am out of it too as I have no clue who the actress is. Sounds a bit like Flash Forward, Groundhog Day, Before I Fall.

Kit Aerie-el 6/14/11, 3:00 PM  

Not wild about a video to promote a book, but if it gets more people reading, it's a good thing!
Looks like a fun read.

Unknown 6/14/11, 3:01 PM  

That's a different cover to the one I've seen about. Heard some really good things about this one. Definitely tempted.

Shelley Munro 6/14/11, 4:38 PM  

What a fascinating concept for a book. I have to say that sometimes forgetting a date would be a good idea!

Sally 6/14/11, 4:47 PM  

I loved Forgotten so much as soon as I finished it I wanted to read it all over again.

Aisle B 6/14/11, 4:51 PM  

What a premise for this book!

Sign me up!
Thanks for this awesome giveaway :)

Peppermint Ph.D. 6/14/11, 4:59 PM  

Wow...this reminds me of the movie 50 First Dates with the ability to see into the future added in...sounds intriguing :) and exhausting for London!

Tea,  6/14/11, 5:05 PM  

Got to read it. She can't remember the past or this marvellous guy she dated??? FORGOTTEN, must read it.

Tea 6/14/11, 5:08 PM  

Gollee, looked at the video, and it's just too horrid to imagine. What a fix London is in.

Tea,  6/14/11, 5:11 PM  

I have a new blog address. Now to remember to use it on forms. Is my head on my shoulders? I need to look in the mirror again. lol.

It's all about FORGOTTEN.

Carole 6/14/11, 5:36 PM  

Sounds an interesting book and one that I might enjoy. I'll have to look out for it.
Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

Anonymous,  6/14/11, 7:30 PM  

But she remembers her mom? How does that work? Or is she remembering the mom from her future?

This is making my head hurt.

Jenners 6/14/11, 8:39 PM  

Sounds like a YA Memento in some ways but with a twist!

Marg 6/14/11, 11:40 PM  

I started this book a few months ago, and really liked what I read but ended up putting it down to read something else. I must go back to it!

ibeeeg 6/15/11, 11:51 AM  

I have no clue who the actress is either. I will admit though, I tend to not watch these type of trailers because I like the story to do the work with my imagination.
This book sounds good, but I am very thankful that I do not have London's problem. A twist in the YA world, it sounds.

Unknown 6/15/11, 5:36 PM  

This book sounds fascinating and a bit diturbing or unsettling! My interest is piqued!
Thank you for the giveaway.

Veens 6/15/11, 10:32 PM  

Very interesting book. I am sure I will enjoy it :)

Karen Greenberg 6/19/11, 9:00 AM  

I love how the publishers are coming up with interactive ways of advertising the books. The video diary is a fun way to learn more about the characters before even reading the story.

BookGeek 6/20/11, 2:49 PM  

So neat! Love the premise of this book, too. I actually can't remember if I had already entered or not - I remember seeing this post in my google reader last week at work, and wasn't sure if I put my name in before I had to kick into high gear again. If I did - sorry! If I didn't, well, here I go!

Michelle 7/2/11, 9:16 AM  

The winner of this giveaway is going to be on lucky reader. Fantastic book.

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