Monday, 19 November 2012
Cat Patrick (2011), Forgotten, Egmont UK Ltd
By Manny Lago, 2º ESO B
London Lane, the principal character in the book, is a sixteen year old girl who lost her baby brother when she was six because she unlocked the car door while her father wasn't there. This event ripped her parents apart. Whilst chasing after the villains responsible her father crashed and London technically died. Luckily, her doctors were able to resuscitate her. However, the experience left her with some type of memory disorder in which her mind would "reset" itself, leaving her clueless to the previous day's activities. Every night at precisely 4:33 am, while London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can recall are events from her future.
What I like most about the book is that the author wants readers to consider whether knowing the future is really important or if learning from the past and accepting what was is what we should be thankful for. The book encourages readers to enjoy and embrace the past because, “…what I need to remember most is this: I can always change the future.” A person’s past is what shapes their character and without those past memories and experiences life is hard and very mysterious with plenty of unanswered questions. The future is being rewritten all the time because of our past. This makes the reader sympathetic with London and her illness.
What I also liked is that the events that occur through the novel depict situations that could very well be real and happen to anyone who struggles with memory loss.
What I least liked about the book was the constant reference to the fact London took a long time to forgive Luke. I thought this was exaggerated and boring.
I would recommend this book because it is teenage romantic fiction and the romantic themes throughout the novel make it interesting for teenage readers.