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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, yet 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.
This book sounded like it was really going to be a good read, but it actually turned out to be a bit disappointing for me. The second half of the book was better than the first half, but it was still not wonderful. This story concept was a really good idea, but it had potential to be so much better. There were a couple of spots where the memory explanations seemed to contradict each other, so I was never completely clear on certain aspects of how her memory worked.
As for the characters, London was not wonderful, but she wasn’t bad, either. She has it rough because of her memory, but she doesn’t let that stop her from doing things, so she makes herself a bunch of notes to know what she needs for the next day. Her best friend, Jamie, I couldn’t stand. She made stupid choices (especially considering the choices she still made even after her friend that can see the future told her she shouldn’t do), she was selfish and she acted like a total slut. I know I couldn’t have a best friend like her. I really liked Luke. He was very sweet and understanding and I felt like London was too harsh with him when she would get angry over things.
The writing was pretty good; it was the story itself that fell flat for me. There were so many great turns the story could have taken or been improved on. For me, the most disappointing part of the story was the ending. The way the story was building I was expecting this nice big finish or some sort of high tension finale, but, no; it was actually very anticlimactic, and I hate to say this book didn’t live up to my expectations.
Good male character, had potential, contradicts in spots, anticlimactic ending.