Original publish date: 26 June 2014
First things first. Thanks to Penguin’s First to Read I got to read K.A. Harrington’s Forget Me.
With this tagline, “An edge-of-your seat psychological thriller with a romantic twist that will draw you in and keep you guessing until the very end,” I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect with regards to the characters, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a YA novel with a female protagonist that I didn’t find blah or annoying.
Morgan is our leading lass in an East Coast town in the throes of its major job making corporation going bust, making the town a sad, dying area. Flynn is Morgan’s boyfriend, and his natural state is apparently brooding…I kid you not, he was described in exactly those words on page TWO. The book begins with Morgan unexpectedly running into Flynn on her way to a party and he breaks up with her for no reason and then WHAM! He’s hit by a car…and then dies, fracturing Morgan’s young heart. At first, before the break-up occurred, Morgan instantly launched into the “another girl” scenario where this mystical other girl must be “better” than her. And that irked me as horribly clichéd, but at the same time, it does, sadly, have a ring of reality to it for teenage female thought processes.
Coming to terms with his death three months after the fact, Toni, Morgan’s best friend whose parents are constantly fighting due to their unemployment and alcohol, encourages Morgan to post a photo and sentimental thought to FriendShare where the tagging software pegs Flynn as a guy named Evan from a nearby town. Morgan thinks it must be a mistake because as much as she doesn’t know about mysterious, brooding Flynn but she does know he didn’t like FriendShare, but Toni launches into a theory where Flynn isn’t who he said he was and he’s really Evan. My first thoughts were deception, twins, or clones. Slowly, Morgan lends some credence to this theory of Toni’s. After meeting Evan at a party and a double date later, the Flynn lookalike Evan divulges that he was anonymously sent a photo of Morgan and was warned to stay away from her. The two work together to figure out the mystery of Flynn and the message.
The story kept my attention with it’s quick development of the action–seriously I read the 276 pages in THREE hours. Secrets seem to be the name of the game and secrets can be deadly. I thought that the way that Morgan puzzles through the information she gets and tries to make sense of it is a mirroring of how people tend to deal with loss and struggling to find answers and, ultimately, closure. At a few points throughout the text, it seemed as if there were sections of text missing as it would jump from an intro such as, “the message read:” to the next page mid sentence of something not entirely connected. What did the message say??????? Maybe I had a corrupted file, but luckily I didn’t miss out on too much that I couldn’t figure out the looming whodunnit.
Overall, I’d give this 4 out of 5 stars.