Monthly Archives: October 2011

Young Adult – Forgotten

Every morning sixteen-year-old London sits down with her notes to find out what happened yesterday: she has absolutely no idea of her past, her memory extending only until 4:00 am, when it resets to a blank, erasing everything from the previous day. What she does possess, though, is a memory of the future. London has no idea what happened yesterday, but she does know what’s going to happen tomorrow.  So why does the gorgeous, kind, funny Luke not show up in any of her future memories, even after she starts dating him?

I enjoyed this book while I was reading it, but there were many times when I was thrown out of the story by the basic premise of London’s odd memory. There is a paradox involved in almost everything she does. For instance, she can “remember” her locker combination only because she knows what it will be tomorrow. On the last day of school she can’t open her locker because she does not have the next day’s “memory” to tell her what it is. But if that is true, then on the second-to-last day of school she also wouldn’t know what the number was, and so on in a cascade of dominoes. Even if we take it as read that this is the way the memory works, why not just plan to wake up on the day after the last day of school and read the number off of a piece of paper? The same goes for all of her schoolwork. If she is passing tests based on what she knows tomorrow, how does that work if she never actually learned the information in the first place? It boggles the mind.

Plus, it is shown that there is no predetermined fate. London’s actions can have an effect on what she remembers happening in the future. This comes as something of a surprise to her, but shouldn’t it have been happening all of the time, even if just by accident? Everyone is hurt at some point, London has never once given herself a note to avoid falling or tried not to have a fight with a friend, or any other such thing in the last twelve years? How in the world has she managed to hide her strange ability/disability from absolutely everyone for so long, especially since it started when she was so young?

If you’re wiling to just let the logic go and take the worldbuilding for what it is, however, the story is a decently good romance with a dash of paranormal.