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Forgetting August is the first book in the Lost & Found duet written by J.L. Berg. It has an intriguing storyline that did not disappoint. I was drawn into the book immediately and found myself flipping the pages to see what would happen.
This story begins with Everly, seemingly happy with a wonderful, loving fiancé, Ryan. She is trying to live the simple life – one she feels will be much different than the life she used to have. However, Everly has a past and that past has a name: August. Everly and August fell deeply in love and had a few years of pure bliss. But slowly over time things changed and what began as a dream morphed into a nightmare. We do not know everything that transpired between Everly and August but as the story unfolds we get bits and pieces.
August has been in a coma for two years and it is unclear what happened to him. He has awoken with no memory of who he was before. After finding a picture of himself with a beautiful girl, he has a feeling that she has the answers. And she does, though she isn’t quick to give them and all he knows is this beautiful girl who once loved him now despises him.
Everly’s life is disrupted the minute she hears the phrase “He’s awake.” She is so conflicted by what she is feeling and though she wants nothing to do with him, she is still drawn to him.
That was what scared me most of all. That after everything, there was still a fraction of me somewhere deep down that missed him as much as the rest of me hated him.
August is lost, wandering around trying to remember something. Other than Everly, he knows no one with ties to his previous life and he tries desperately to put the pieces together though items of his past. All he needs is to get Everly to talk to him.
Over the last two years Everly has tried to forget her feelings for August and was determined to keep him in the past. Of course, all her emotions come flooding back the moment he is awake. She can’t seem to stop thinking about him and somehow finds herself in his presence more often than she would like. As Everly and August spend time together in attempts to trigger his memories, August tries hard to understand what went wrong and why he acted the way he did.
Maybe sometimes love isn’t pure. Maybe sometimes it’s toxic—so toxic it consumes a person until they would do anything to have it.
Like a drug.
If I loved her now, would it be the same as before?
Would I consume her?
I loved that the story is told from the POVs of both Everly and August. I also loved that we got glimpses into the past through Everly’s memories. I liked seeing the difference between the August we meet in the present and the August from the past, and of course I like the new August so much more. I am not usually a fan of love triangles but this one was not as bad as I thought it would be. I did feel bad for all parties involved though as Everly tried to figure out what she wanted. She felt so many emotions and she didn’t know how to make sense of the anger, hate, passion, and love that she still had for August. I understood that it was hard to move on when August still holds a part of her heart.
As much as I loved Ryan, a part of me would always love August. Two vastly different lives and yet I would have been happy in either. How could one heart love two completely different souls?
It hurt my heart to see what August was going through, not knowing who he was, feeling so lost and alone. I really enjoyed Brick and loved the relationship between him and August.
I only had a few issues with the book.
Forgetting August was an angsty rollercoaster of a read and we are left with a shocking cliffhanger that throws a huge twist into the story. I am so glad that I waited to read this book until after the second one was released. Now, I am finally ready to start Remembering Everly. *This ebook was provided by RockStarLit via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Quotes taken from this ebook may differ from final book
The Lost & Found series
Forgetting August was an angsty rollercoaster of a read and we are left with a shocking cliffhanger that throws a huge twist into the story. I am so glad that I waited to read this book until after the second one was released. Now, I am finally ready to start Remembering Everly.
*This ebook was provided by RockStarLit via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Quotes taken from this ebook may differ from final book