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The Forgetting

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  544 Ratings  ·  116 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
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
Fionn Oakes
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
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.
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.
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I REALLY loved this book and it told SUCH an important story review to come
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
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
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
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 th
Byron Gonzalez
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jenee Rager
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1st-reads, thriller
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.
Laura Kump
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting read with very different plot. Young girl receives organ donation of heart. It comes with disturbing memories of previous owner. Quick, easy read.
Hedgar Marin
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The beggining was very mysterious. The book is based on the point of veiw of the main character. This was a very interesting book. I recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery.
Erica Alyson
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
That took a turn a was not suspecting! It was a great read.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, favorites
I really enjoyed the themes explored in this novel, of which I was not expecting.
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Author Nicole Maggi constitutes a heart-pounding, gut-wrenching, well-written mystery novel, The Forgetting, that always makes you wonder “What is going to happen next?” As love, heart-ache, and confusion bring Georgie Kendrick and Nate together, Georgie finds out about organizations in her town that she never would have imagined possible. Georgie is the recipient of a heart transplant. A heart from a Jane Doe who is told to have commited suicide. As Georgie starts getting memories that are not ...more
Michelle Rebar
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great mystery that ended up being much darker and more serious than I expected it to be. Full review to come...

Update 3/15/15 Review originally posted on Michelle's Minions

Source: Paperback and eARC provided by NetGalley

What's it about?

When Georgie Kendrick wakes up in the hospital after a sudden illness, she discovers that she's just had a heart transplant. She almost died, but it wasn't her time, it was someone elses. The heart that now beats in her chest is not her own, but it saved her lif
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