Thursday, March 15, 2012

Top 5: Don't You Forget About These ... Amnesia Books

Sometimes it's hard to remember where you put your math homework from last night, your other shoe or your lunch. But for these five characters, they're missing a HUGE chunk of their memory. Will they find out just what their minds don't want to remember???

Where it Began by Ann Stampler
After she is in a horrific car crash when drunk, Los Angeles high school student Gabriella Gardiner assumes she stole her rich boyfriend's car and smashed it into a tree, but she cannot remember anything about the events of the evening. (description from the catalog).
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (see our full review)
Mara Dyer wakes up in the emergency room, which is never the way you want to start a story. Things do not get better from here. She's told that her best friends were killed in the accident that nearly crushed Mara to death as well. But Mara doesn't remember any of that, she can't even remember why she and her friends were out that night, let alone what happened to them...
Sleeping Angel by Greg Herren
Eric Matthews survives a near-fatal accident only to find his whole life has changed. Eric Matthews wakes up in the hospital with no memory of how he wound up there and soon learns that it's vital that he remember. Apparently, he was in a car accident and the body of classmate Sean Brody was found in his car, shot to death. But nothing makes sense to Eric. The one thing he is certain about is that he didn't shoot Sean, even though he can't remember anything about the day of the accident. (Description from the catalog)
Forget You by Jennifer Echols
There's a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like Zoey's fear that the whole town will find out about her mom's nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. Feeling like her life is about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, making sure she's the perfect student and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon. But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there's one thing she can't remember at all: the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her?  Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life?a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.  (Description from the catalog)

Forgotten by Cat Patrick (see our full review here)
London has no short-term memory. Everything that happened yesterday and the day before (and the day before) is a mystery to her. But, frustratingly, she instead gets glimpses of what's to come.

She gets through life by leaving herself detailed notes (that must be done before 4:33 when her mind resets itself). But, even with her notes, every day she does everything for the first time again. What do you do when your living your life in reverse, but you can't stop what's coming?

And one Never Forgets a Thing Book, just for balance:
Unforgettable by Loretta Ellsworth
Baxter Green isn't like everyone else. While most people would forget about the little details of everyday life, Baxter never forgets-not pain, not hurt, not embarrassment. In fact, Baxter never forgets anything-not even a string of account numbers, flashed before his eyes by his mother's criminal boyfriend, Dink, for use in a credit card scam. Years after his testimony has locked Dink away, Baxter and his mother are in a new town, trying to forget the danger Dink brought into their lives. Baxter wants to hide his unique ability, but it becomes increasingly more difficult when he reconnects with Hallie, a girl from his childhood who has lived on in his memory long after she has forgotten him. Can Baxter win Hallie's heart? (description from the catalog)

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