Memory is a tricky thing, but never more so than for high school junior London Lane, who must write notes to herself each night, so that when she wakes up with her memory wiped clean, she can be reminded of past events in her life. And the "memories" London does have (including a friend's disastrous relationship with a teacher and a mysterious funeral) are of the future. It's an ambitious premise, and first-time novelist Patrick doesn't quite pull it off. The underlying "rules" of London's condition are murky; she remembers her mother and best friend's identities, as well as her own (presumably drawing from future memories), yet even months into a relationship with gorgeous new student Luke, she doesn't remember him without her notes. More baffling is London and her mother's lack of concern about her condition. "I wouldn't say that you're broken," her mother tells her. "You're special." (Meanwhile, London is still walking into the wrong classrooms on the last day of school.) London's romance and the story's several mysteries may draw in readers, but the inconsistencies prove frustrating. Ages 12-up. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Gr 9 Up-London Lane, 16, exists in a state of "remembering" her future but not her past. She has a highly structured life, using notes and messages to help her remember events both important and trivial, from her class schedule and homework to what she wore the day before. Only her mother and friend Jamie know London's unusual secret. Thus, despite her strange condition, she is a typical teenager who tries to stay under the radar at school. London's orderly life gets shaken when she meets Luke, a new student to whom she is immediately drawn. As she has no "future memory" of him, she expects he will not be an important part of her life. Then, as their relationship grows, the mystery of her memory condition deepens. With Luke's steadfast support and help, the strange circumstances that led London to forget the past rise to the surface. This unique tale is quirky and funny and simultaneously offers readers a romantic mystery with intrigue. Patrick has created true-to-life characters in London and Luke, yet places them in a newly imagined scenario. While readers may at times join the memory-impaired protagonist in her confused state, ultimately this fresh twist results in an enjoyable read.-Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.