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The Forgetting

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  650 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Georgie's new heart saved her life...but now she's losing her mind.

Georgie Kendrick wakes up after a heart transplant, but the organ beating in her chest doesn't seem to be in tune with the rest of her body. Why does she have a sudden urge for strawberries when she's been allergic for years? Why can't she remember last Christmas?

Driven to find her donor, Georgie discovers
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by SourceBooks Fire
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Sophia Sardothien
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-review
Thank you netgalley for sending me this boon in exchange of an honest review

I think I DNF this book so early I don't even know where. The premise is interesting, but it just felt incredibly weird to me. Its about a girl Georgie whom her heart had been replaced, ever since then all her habits and things changed. And shit happens she start investigating about whom the heart is belong to.

I'm not saying this book is bad or anything is just that I'm not interested in the overall plot (should had l
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is not a fluffy mystery. This is a serious look at sex trafficking and should be on your to read list. Is it disturbing? Yes - it should be. I talks about some heavy topics that need to be addressed. I found it to strike a good balance between being too dark and dark enough to get the message out there. But lest you think this wasn't entertaining - it was. The mystery kept me interested even though I guessed who dunnit long before the reveal. Georgie slowly learns and grows throughout the b ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love the idea of this, but it wasn't really believable to me. Yes, I get that it's a story and I need to have some suspension of disbelief; however, it just wasn't working.

Georgie was a decent enough MC and for the most part I liked her. I thought it was odd that she was so afraid of going back to the hospital, but repeatedly put strain on her heart. There are some other good characters as well, everyone seemed fleshed out.

The journey was valiant and it's a definitely a topic that needs to be

**ARC provided by SOURCEBOOKS Fire via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

After getting a heart transplant Georgie wakes up with memories that weren’t hers. As she remembers memories that belong to the heart donor, those memories are replacing her own memories. The concept of the story sounded great but when I got into the book I found some of the things to be too far fetched to believe. One that stood out was the scene where she miraculously comes up with her donor’s name. I really wan
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
The cover and synopsis had me thinking this was going to be the typical cheesy YA book (dont get my wrong these are my sinful pleasure). And while it sure started off this way, The Forgetting quickly turned into a deeply touching, reality slapping book. Its so much more than the story of heart transplant survivor Georgie who starts losing her memories over the one of her donor. Its the story of millions of girl who suffer from abuse and don t know where to turn for help. Its the reality of our s ...more
Samantha (A History of Books)
This is one of those books where I’m really torn on whether I liked it or not. I guess there are some aspects that I did like and then there were some aspects that I didn’t like. But after thinking on this book for a while, the things that I didn’t like about the book are starting to overshadow what I did like.

What I did like was that it was a unique story. Its scary to go through a organ transplant let alone go through having that organ take over your memories. I liked reading a story about to
Dark Faerie Tales
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-zed
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales (

Quick & Dirty: An unusual story about unexplainable memories surfacing after a heart transplant.

Opening Sentence: The first thing I remembered was a great big push.

The Review:

When this book started I had no idea it would explore such intense and serious issues but it did, and it did so very well.

Georgie has survived a heart transplant and although she’s been told she will feel different for a while, she has no idea how true that s
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I must admit that I did not love this text all the way through. There are some issues with representation, which I will go into in a moment, but on the whole, the novel was a fantastic exploration of sex trafficking, class, privilege and unlikely romance.

The Forgetting tells the story of Georgie, an eighteen year old musician and student who wakes up one day to find out she has had a heart transplant. When she discovers she is remembering things about her life which aren't hers - such as her fa
Crina (Reading Addict)
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Original post on and thanks to netgalley and publisher for sending me a review copy.

To be honest I wasn't expecting much of this book because lately I've been so dissapointed in books that I had high or some expectations. But this was a good one and I don't regret reading it.

And now is kinda hard for me to be coherent because this novel was hell of a ride, from the beginning until the end and I read it very fast, and I feel like I ran a few kilometers. I'm a thril
Sara Grochowski
Georgie is a talented musician who dreams of one day attending Julliard, but her dreams come to a screeching halt when she nearly dies and undergoes a heart transplant. As Georgie adapts to life after surgery, she begins to realize that something has gone terribly wrong. She can no longer remember her brother’s birthday, family trips, or the cute guy from last summer – someone else’s memories are in her head. Convinced that the memories belong to her donor, Georgie sets out to unravel the myster ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Georgie Kendrick had a heart transplant. When she wakes up, she doesn't feel like herself. She actually gets memories that aren't hers - loving strawberries (to which she is deathly allergic), a dark basement, and hands pushing her. Using Sherlock Holmesian skills, she tracks down the Jane Doe suicide (?) who donated her new heart while she rescues trafficked teen girls. I wanted to like this story but I could not believe in the character of Georgie. This kid is traipsing all over Boston mere we ...more
Cecelia ("I claim you Rowan Whitethorn, I don't care what you say or how much you protest. I claim you as my friend.") Stromberg
this was surprising really good book! it was not the kind of story that I thought it might end up as, it was more of a statement which I thought was really cool! it was about human trafficking and the fact that you friends, family, neighbors, even your fellow students and coworkers! that they might be hiding in plain sight. it even had a little bit of romance that Nicole added! so, basically, there was this girl who had a heart transplant and starts getting memories from the heart donor and ever ...more
Shawna Briseno
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
An interesting story, different from your typical young adult book. When Georgie survives a heart transplant, she's grateful to have been given a second chance. But along with a new heart, it seems as if she was given something else. She has feelings and memories that aren't hers. And she can't go on with her life until she finds the answers to some dangerous questions. This one is a bit of a romance, a bit of a supernatural story, and a bit of a mystery rolled into one. A good story!
Jan 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody at all
Utter nonsense from the word go. I hate not finishing books and hence I did, to my sheer disappointment and regret for wasting my time.

I hate complete mind-boggling science myths and books that give the wrong idea to laymen.

Plus this book is so unrealistic I don't even know where to start with the list of them.

Do not waste your time, like, really. There are much better books on trafficking that will give you a more realistic picture.
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I needed to read a different YA book. One that didn't have too much romance in it. The Forgetting is very different. It's a piece of work that I'd never considered could be made into a book. The storyline felt like it could be a reality. I thoroughly enjoyed this heart-stopping novel. It's definitely one that is always on your mind once you start reading it.
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I REALLY loved this book and it told SUCH an important story review to come
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-library
This probably it's quite a 4, but I feel the topic is so important that I should rate it higher. It's actually a pretty good story. Out does defy logic at times, but overall I enjoyed it.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The synopsis of this book is very intriguing.
It caught my attention and I realized I am reading it already. This has a good plot and has a good story.
I think just not really suitable to very young audiences lol.

This has disturbing story about sex trafficking. I believe this is still happening and lots of young teens need help to get out in that situation. I feel like the book is reaching out to the readers to be open in this topic and to help those victims of sex trafficking.

This is a story abo
Savannah W
The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi is a thrilling tale, that honestly took me by surprise. When I initially decided to read this book, I thought it would be a typical murder mystery story, but it actually is more of a look into the disturbing world of sex trafficking. At the beginning of the book the main character, Georgie, has just woken up from a heart transplant. Soon, her mind begins flooding with new memories, memories which she soon discovers are from her donor. She begins her search to find ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi is a mystery book with a heavy topic. The main character is an eighteen-year-old oboe player named Georgie. She wakes up from a heart transplant but doesn't feel like herself, her memories start slipping away one by one and she receives new ones from her organ donor in exchange. She has to get to the bottom of her organ donor’s death and find out how to stop the memory-losing before she loses track of herself completely. I haven’t read another book with a similar p ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The idea that an organ like the heart can carry memories is intriguing.

When Georgie awakes after heart transplant surgery, she is determined to find out about the person who died so she could live.

The search takes her to the streets and to an organization that saves trafficked girls.

Her new heart also leads Georgie to Nate, a young man who knew the heart’s owner. And Georgie finds herself falling in love with Nate, but is it her or her heart that attracts him?

There is a darker side to this sto
Michaela Writesel

This mystery novel follows a young girl named Georgie who receives a heart transplant and wakes up to find that her new heart seems to be out of rhythm with the rest of her body. Soon, she discovers that the memories of her donor are taking over and she is forgetting her own. This results in her mission to find who her donor was and how she can make her new heart fall in line with the rest of her. I must say, this plot is original and intriguing, I have not read any other book with a plot remot
Kasey Villalobos
The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi is an interesting book because it talks about a girl named Georgie Kendrick and how she waking up after a heart transplant. But the heart in her body seems to be out of sync with the rest of her body. She keeps getting memories of the other owner of the heart bad memories and those memories are replacing hers. She need to find what happened to the owner before she loses herself completely.
Emmi Rose  (emmirosereads)
I have so many mixed feelings about this book and Ahhh, I don't know what to think. This was definitely not what I was expecting at all with this book but it dealt with a very important issue. The theme and element of human trafficking. I don't know why but this has been an issue that I've always been drawn to wanting to help in. It's a really important thing to bring light as it's a very real thing no matter how scary it is to think about. Especially realizing, as it's mentioned, these vic
Byron Gonzalez
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Jenee Rager
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, 1st-reads
Wow! I won this book through a goodreads giveaway, and it's been one of my best wins in a long time.

When Georgie wakes up from her heart transplant surgery, she feels that the new heart isn't connnected to her body. She dubs it "the catch" As the days pass the catch increases and as the former owner of the heart's memories start to take over, she begins losing her own. This all sounds very sci-fi but it's not. Basically the donor was a Jane Doe, who the police say committed suicide, but her memo
Vishakha Motwani
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Not too impressed but the end sure came as a surprise to me. Although I just wasn't completely comfortable with the "things" Georgie felt after her heart transplant, it seemed way too impossible and that they were happening in order was certainly not a teenage girl could figure out.
It often felt like the family and Nate were inserted in between just to lighten the mood.
Bumped up one star because of the ending and the people involved in the ultimate mystery.
Overall, good enough but not impressi
Alize Flores
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think that this book was a very interesting book. This book has a plot to it, that kept me wanting to read more. This book is one of the best books I have read with a type of plot like that. I recommend this book to people who like fictional books. I also recommend this book for people who like mystery books .
Alyssa Brown
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was good good book, not one of my favorites but it's good. It's about a girl, Georgie, who needs a sudden heart transplant but when she gets it, memories that aren't hers start to fill in throughout the story. Georgie needs to find out what happened to the Person that gave her the heart.
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