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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  354 ratings  ·  70 reviews
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-including 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 h ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Walker Childrens
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Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wouldn't it be phenomenal to be able to remember everything and not forget anything? Ever wonder what it's like to be this way? Then this book is for you! Unforgettable is realistic fiction/drama filled with many thrills and very well written quotes. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a book about memory or how hard it would be to maintain not being able to forget anything a secret.

The setting of my book takes place in Minnesota, at Baxter's high school and home. Baxter Green h
Sep 14, 2011 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. Original review posted on The Book Smugglers HERE

I am a bit of a geek when it comes to reading books that have “memory” as a central theme because I find the subject fascinating; I especially like the exploration of how memory relates to emotions and growing up/old. This is why I tend to love unreliable narrators as most of the time, there is something wrong with their memories of the events that are being narrated. This is why I love Peter Pan so much: the way I interpret it, Peter
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Wouldn't it be cool to never forget anything? I thought so when I first heard about this book, which is about a teenage boy named Baxter who after an accident remembers everything. I mean like every little detail, which at first seemed something that would be pretty amazing, but as I started to get to know Baxter, I realized it's not as cool as I first thought. I can't imagine remembering everything little thing, the good, the bad and the real tragic like Baxter does. What I started out being co ...more
Aug 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Earlier this year I read a novel called Forgotten by Cat Patrick about a girl who can't remember anything. Then I read the summary for Unforgettable and was instantly intrigued. What if you were the exact opposite of the character in Forgotten? What if you remembered everything?

That’s exactly what Baxter does, he remembers everything. Not only remembers certain events, but also experiences the emotions and feelings that happened at the same time. Can you imagine experiencing the pain of loosing
Sophia Casillas

This book is about Baxter Green's story, a boy who never forgot. He lost the ability to forget things, so he remembers everything. To him it is abnormal to forget. He knows he has this problem, and people use it to their advantage, like Dink the criminal boyfriend of his mother. His crimes forced Baxter & his mother to move to a small town in Minnesota, thousands of miles away from California, where Baxter is re-united with his long lost kindergarten love, Halle
Julia Wilson
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good for the 'gentle read' YA crowd. A mystery and a romance set in Minnesota. Baxter Green has a photographic memory. It is both a blessing and a curse. He has convinced his mom to move to this small town because he remembers a girl from kindergarten that he thinks he loved. It's a stretch but the writing is good and I think teens would enjoy it.
Sarah Bullard
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was excellent! The romance was sweet but not overdone, and I really found myself sympathizing with the main character. Dink was also a good villain, since (view spoiler) Somewhat forgettable, but all in all, a very cute story--a refreshing break from most disgusting teen fiction romance.
Naw, Baxter!

I really enjoyed this one. A very unique, thought provoking read.

Baxter was easy to like and sympathise for, the supporting characters were fun and a great crowd for Baxter to be associated with (I had to laugh at the irony, the mental club). Dink was a creep. And Halle. Nawww!

I'd definitely recommend this to anyone considering picking it up.
Jerika Foster
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An interesting take on a modern day Gatsby with exceptional characters and skills.
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love Loretta Ellsworth for two reasons: she is from Minnesota (I have had the chance to meet her several times and she is terrific), and she writes about things no one else writes about (shrouding women, organ donation, great literature, and now synesthesia and photographic memory). I read so much young adult literature with the same tried and true storylines, that something new always (at least initially) grabs my attention. Ellsworth's latest book, "Unforgettable," is her best book yet!

Abria Mattina
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: bought
I’ve had this book on my shelves for a couple of months, but finally decided to give it a try. I wish I’d known how good it was, or I would have made it a priority to read sooner. While Unforgettable didn’t hit it out of the park on all fronts, there were some characters and elements that I really enjoyed. I was particularly excited when I found out that Baxter has synaesthesia. It’s always great too find something relatable about a character.

Unforgettable progresses at a comfortable pace. There
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads, library

In my quest to read more books with male characters, I was intrigued by Baxter – a boy who wishes there were some things he could forget, even though it was impossible due to his perfect photographic memory. He wishes he could forget how Dink screwed up he and his mom’s lives when he used Baxter for his memory to steal credit card information. With Dink just out of jail, he’s sure to come after them again because Baxter has something he’s sure Dink wants. One thing he’s glad he cannot forget is
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: va-book, children-ya
So in this book, 15-year-old Baxter Green is the kid who never forgets. Ever. Nothing ever. He had a head injury when he was 3, and he's remembered everything he ever saw, heard, or experienced since then. Naturally, when his mom's crappy ex-boyfriend Dink found out, he took advantage by forcing Baxter to memorize credit card numbers so he could steal. And naturally, when Dink got caught and Baxter testified against him...and stole the stolen cash from his office...that pissed Dink off. So when ...more
Cindy Hudson
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Baxter remembers everything since he was three. Doctors say a fall from a swing rewired his brain, and now he remembers every detail of everything that has ever happened to him, particularly the events surrounding his court testimony that sent Dink, his mother’s boyfriend, to jail.

Elementary school, where he was known as the Memory Boy, was a disaster, and after three years being homeschooled, he has a chance to start over in a new town where people don’t know he’s a freak. He’s especially inte
Sab H.  (YA Bliss)
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
When I started this book I thought it would be awesome to be like Baxter. To remember EVERYTHING? Never forget a thing? Except, think about it. You'll remember the bad things just as well as the good ones. Every single detail. Gee, poor Baxter.

Then as I started reading, I thought the author had threaded too many plots and themes together and it was just too much and too slow. But as the novel goes on, there was some other aspects that really fascinated me.

1) Baxter has synesthesia which "is a ne
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

Unforgettable was definitely not unforgettable. Get it? It was okay. It's the story of a boy (Baxter) who cannot forget anything. This includes his first love. From kindergarten. Halle (the kindergarten love interest) moved to Minnesota at the end of that school year. When Baxter and his mother are forced to flee their home after Baxter testifies in court against Mom's boyfriend (long story), Baxter tricks Mom into moving to the same small town in Minnesota where Halle mo
Kelly Hager
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Baxter can't forget anything. No, really. Ask him what he did on March 3, 2004, and he can tell you. It doesn't make him popular, but it makes getting good grades pretty easy. But things aren't great. He and his mom just moved to Minnesota, because he had to testify against her ex-boyfriend. (Said ex-boyfriend, Dink, had a credit card theft ring going. And you know what's really helpful in those rings? Someone who can remember, say, credit card numbers.) So yeah, he's in Minnesota. ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Ever since having a concussion as a young child, Baxter Green has been able to remember EVERYTHING. When his mother wants to move from southern California to escape a criminal boyfriend, Baxter nudges her to move to Wellington, Minnestoa, where he remembers Halle, his elementary crush, moved. After Baxter uncharacteristically gets a bad grade on an assignment, Halle is assigned to be his tutor. Only problem-- she doesn't remember him! Baxter settles in to school and his new life with his waitres ...more
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
BAYA draft review

HIgh school freshman Baxter Green can remember everything. He can remember events, feelings, information, and everything else from his life following a traumatic head injury when he was a toddler. This is burdensome for the Memory Boy and distances him from his classmates. And it lead to trouble when his mom's sleazy boyfriend Dink involves Baxter in a credit card scam. Dink ends up in jail and Baxter and his mother move to Minnesota to start a new life. Baxter chose the small t
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was a lot of fun, and very thoughtful. It makes me want to go back and read The Great Gatsby again (hated that the first time, and fell asleep in the movie, even with Robert Redford). It is a bit contrived (but, then again, the whole story line is), but it was a pleasure to read, laugh, and think about the implications of good and bad memories, both the events and the abilities.

Once I learned that Ellsworth is from Minnesota, I understood the dig at North Dakota a little more. I was su
Olivia Ho
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
What would it be like to never forget? To remember your best friend from kindergarten. To not only do that, but remember how she used to have blonde pigtails, and how she would always volunteer to work with you. Even what she smelled like. What about remembering where she said she was moving to. What pi was up until the thousandth digit.

Meet Baxter. He can do all these things and more, after falling off the swings when he was two. A photographic memory. A perfect photographic memory. It's as rar
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: My sister
Recommended to Nathan by: No one. I found it on the shelf at the library.
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Maya Yerramilli-Rao
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Unforgettable is Baxter Green's story. A story of a teenager who once lost his ability to forget. Ever since then, he remembers every detail and every action, forgetting nothing at all. For him it is abnormal to forget. He knows he has this problem, and people use it to their advantage. Like Dink, the criminal boyfriend of Baxter's mother. His crimes has forced them to move, though this might be a fresh start for Baxter and his mother, Baxter just can't forget what happened and feels as Dink is ...more
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
This “unforgettable” novel by Loretta Ellsworth twists a realistic teen romance tale into a unique exploration of a true medical phenomenon. Our hero, Baxter Green, is a typical lovesick fifteen-year-old. This would be challenging enough, but Baxter also has a secret. Previously known as “the memory boy”, his photographic memory is not something he wants to advertise in his new Minnesota home, where he has just moved with his mother to escape a dangerous past. A strong sense of place pervades th ...more
Krista Jones
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loretta Ellsworth amazed me in this heart warming story. Baxter Green is fifteen and just moved with his single mother to a new town from their home in California. They are moving to get away from his mothers ex-boyfriend Dink. When Baxter was three he fell off a swing hitting his head which lead him to an amazing memory, now he dosen't forget anything, hints the name 'Unfogettable'. Dink uses Baxter for his memory to steal credit card numbers and Baxter eventually turns him in. Eventually Dink ...more
Jeff Raymond
One of the more fascinating types of people I know of are those who cannot forget anything. Those who remember every moment of every day and can recall it at any point.

Unforgettable is about a teen from a troubled family with just that condition. It means that his father involved him in a scam, exploiting the condition. It means a new girl in his new town where he doesn't know anyone is actually someone from his past. It means a lot that he has to deal with.

This was a good, quick read. A really
Dec 21, 2011 rated it liked it
This YA book was just all right for me. The main character, Baxter has fled his home with his mother, after his mother's boyfriend exploits Baxter's ability for high memory recollection. Baxter can remember feelings and details about his life that most people can't. He remembers falling in love in kindergarten with a guy named Halle who moved away, and when his mother asks him where he wants to move when they are looking to flee, he chooses the place Halle moved to. This book was a tiny bit far ...more
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I loved the Gatsby parallels (though as an English teacher, I think 9th grade is pushing it for most kids--even 11th graders struggle with the book).

I'm not sure I ever got a real feel for who Baxter is. His voice wasn't very strong. Yet Fitzgerald was criticized in his day for his characterization of Gatsby for much the same reason, and Baxter sees himself as a Gatsby parallel...

I loved all the plot ideas in this book, but the writing didn't always do them justice.

As an adult who reads a lot of
Sep 07, 2011 rated it liked it
I received this book in a FirstReads giveaway.

Breezed right through this easy-going, nicely written tale of a teenage boy with an extraordinary memory coming to terms with high school, the girl of his(undimmed kindergarten)dreams, and whether his ability is a blessing or a curse. The straightforward nature of the narrative makes it highly accessible to young readers, and the engaging descriptions and inventive details, such as the synesthesia that causes the main character to experience voices a
Bryce Thompson
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unforgettable, by Loretta Ellsworth was about Baxter Green who had an extraordinary talent. He couldn't forget anything. From the numbers in pie to credit cards that his stepfather forced him to remember, he always remembered. for this act eventually he was sent to jail, but when he was released Dink went on a straight up man hunt for that boy. Dink will not stop at anything to get Baxter he would even kill. Will he get there? Just read to find out. The cliff hangers, and ups and downs in this b ...more
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Loretta received her BA from the University of Northern Iowa, and an MFA from Hamline University in writing for children and young adults. A former middle and high school teacher, she's the author of four young adult novels, The Shrouding Woman, In Search of Mockingbird,In a Heartbeat, and Unforgettable. Her WWII historical novel, Stars Over Clear Lake, will be published in 2017. She has four chil ...more
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