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The Art of Forgetting

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  1,480 ratings  ·  257 reviews
A moving and insightful debut novel of great friendship interrupted. Can the relationship survive when the memories are gone?

Marissa Rogers never wanted to be an alpha; beta suited her just fine. Taking charge without taking credit had always paid off: vaulting her to senior editor at a glossy magazine; keeping the peace with her critical, weight-obsessed mother; and e
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published June 9th 2011 by Dutton (first published May 14th 2011)
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Lydia Presley
Jun 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
I'm going to flat out warn you right now - I did not like this book. If you have plans to read it, if you dislike reading negative reviews, if you read the book and loved it and would prefer not to read criticism of the book, this would be the point you should stop reading this review.

I don't like writing negative reviews. I prefer to pull what I did like out of each book I read and focus on that, with maybe a paragraph or so where I talk about why I didn't rate the book higher, or what I would
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Mean Girls: The adult version.

Marissa watches from across the street as her best friend Julia is hit by a cab. At first Julia seems unhurt but then the doctors tell her she’s suffering from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This is a timely topic since so many of our vets are coming back from the Middle East with the same injury. Marissa works for a women’s health magazine so she pitches the idea of writing about TBI rather than one more diet article. Her boss agrees so she’s off on an odyssey to
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Julia Ferrar and Marissa Rogers have been friends since their high school days in Michigan. Marissa is an editor for a health magazine and Julia is a publicist for a ballet company in New York. Their friendship survives quite a bit over the years, including an onerous boyfriend breakup in college at the behest of Julia. Now Julia is suffering from traumatic brain injury and isn't the pivotal point in Marissa's life. Julia returns to Michigan to recover and Marissa must find the nerve to move on ...more
I found this book to very boring that I really wanted to finish it one day. The book cover is a little misleading as it has nothing to do with dance or anything. Her bff was a dancer and I thought that the MC was taking over her dance class or something like that and some reviews almost made this felt like it was a second chance at your first love type of book before reading but it wasn't (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
At First Sight: Melissa and Julie have been best friends since they were fourteen, being each other's rocks as they navigate through life; and eventually they both end up in New York City living the dream... until Julie is hit by a cab right before Melissa's eyes. Even though physically she's just fine, Julie isn't the same on the heels of severe brain trauma, which alters her personality and moods, leaving both Julie and Melissa feeling lost.

Not to mention that Julie, who has lost any kind of f
May 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
**I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley from the fine peeps over at Penguin USA**

O-kay-doe-kay. I am going to be upfront: If I had not received this book from NetGalley for review I probably wouldn't have finished it. And not because this book is terribly written or that the subject matters wasn't interesting but solely because I did not like the protagonist nor did I care about her problems. This was a huge stumbling block for me while reading this book.

The Art of Forgetting is the s
Patrice Hoffman
*I received this book through a goodreads giveaway.

I wasn't sure what to expect before reading this book. The reviews suggested that the book is very inspiring and uplifting. I agree with those views and it's so much more. Marissa is witness to a horrible accident involving her best friend Julia and a New York City cab. The main injury to Julia is brain damage. Julia suffers from minor physical damage. After the injury Julia mentions someone from Marissa's past which sets the story in motion.

May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
When I first saw the cover of THE ART OF FORGETTING, I knew that I needed to add it to my "to be read" list. Sure, it's shallow, but I'll admit -- I do judge a book by its cover. And, just look at this cover! It's spectacular, no?

A few weeks ago, I was leafing through an issue of one of the (ridiculously high) number of magazines I'd bought at the checkout counter, and I found a brief mentioning of THE ART OF FORGETTING, calling it "Chick lit with a brain". I love chick lit, and I love brains, s
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
The title of this book really grabbed my attention and the book was a pleasant surprise. The book chronicles two woman's friendship from middle school through middle age. The two woman forge a relationship out of common interests and come to rely upon one another for support through the trials of their lives. The dominant and extroverted friend Julia befriends the awkward and shy Marissa. Marissa has trouble making friends while Julia is the life of the party. Marissa really loves and admires Ju ...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
Okay, so apparently I'm really into novels about amnesia. This is the third one I've read within a couple of weeks. It just happens! This one was a little different to the others I have read. There's no gripping and intriguing mystery where we have to try to figure out what caused the protagonist to lose his or her memory. Instead, Marissa, our protagonist, is about to meet up with her best friend Julia when she, horrifyingly, watches a cab hit her. The accident means that Julia suffers from bra ...more
Book Twirps
May 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Marissa Rogers has lived in the shadow of her best friend, Julia, for as long as she can remember, and she is just fine with that. Marissa does well for herself as the editor for Svelte a health magazine, while Julia is a publicist for a ballet company in New York. Though Julia is extremely self-involved, Marissa has always stuck by her. Their friendship has weathered many storms, but despite the bad times, their friendship has always managed to stay strong. When Julia is hit by a cab and suffer ...more
Sarah Jio
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, compelling debut novel that I just loved. Funny, in parts, sad in others--I enjoyed this one very much, especially for the way the author crafted such complex characters--both likable and flawed. Can't wait for Camille Noe Pagan's next! I'm still thinking about her characters months after finishing--a sign of a terrific read! ...more
Annie McDonnell
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I still need to write a proper review for the epic novel, it is by far one of my favorite novels. I gift it to so many women, or recommend it. I promise to write a better review soon.
I highly recommend this novel!
Mama Joy
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent summer read. One of those books you just want to get lost in and not put down until the end. I finished it in just a couple of days. Loved it.
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a very quick read. It was a nice way to pass a Saturday afternoon and evening when I needed to relax.
Jun 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book came to me by default. Andrea knows that as a former dancer, I love books about ballet. So when she showed me this cover and asked if I'd like to read this book, I jumped on it without bothering to find out what the book was actually about. So before I start my actual review, let's take a moment to admire the beautiful cover - stunning, isn't it? The graceful arch of her back, the flow of her skirt and stretch of her arms. I love a beautiful cover that makes me want to read the book!

Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
So, this book claims to be a story of female friendship; more specifically, if female friendship can stand the test of role reversals due to a traumatic brain injury. While there is a friendship and a brain injury, this book could not be further from the truth.

It primarily focuses on all aspects of Marissa's life, especially ones that have absolutely nothing to do with her friend Julia or Julia's brain injury, with short and uneventful memories, talks, and visits with Julia sprinkled sparingly
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
I want you to picture me shrugging and saying "eh", because that's really the best way to capture this book of non-events. And in case you're wondering what I look like, two words: Devastatingly Gorgeous.

The book is really just ok. The writing is fine. I found it light, easy, and simple to read. I'd read another book by this author if presented with one. Sure. But what's wrong with it?

*deep breath*

Let's start with the premise of the book. The author promises a story about two women renegotiatin
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I was a First Reads winner for this book!!

Marissa Rogers is now one of my absolute favorite characters from a novel. Camille Noe Pagan has done a fabulous job with this book. I'm really sad that the story is over.

Marissa has always been comfortable with taking a backseat to whomever is in the limelight. This is especially true of her relationship with her best friend, Julia Ferrar. Julia has a very overbearing, dominant personality that tends to leave Marissa in a supporting role. Whenever anyt
Holly Weiss
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Is your best friend perfect? Probably not. Evidently you love her anyway or you would have abandoned the friendship long ago.

The Art of Forgetting explores the twists and turns in a friendship that is less than harmonious, yet essential for one’s well-being. Self-deprecating Marissa and self-centered Julia have been friends since they were fourteen. Although they show their love for each other in very different ways, Julia and Marissa need each other to the extent that their friendship becomes a
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Because of this book, I am adding the following "chick-lit" scale to all my reviews from here on out: 1 = literature, 10 = Meg Ryan movie, Sex and the City knock-off, The View-esque banality. This book comes in at approximately an 8.

Ever obsess about your weight only to lose 10 lbs without even trying? Ever be wildly successful at your job by just showing up, and then going to happy hour with your fabulous boss? Ever feel unsure about your handsome, rich boyfriend who just bought an apartment y
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This breezy novel is easy to enjoy in one sitting (I completed it in three hours at the pool), and for good and for bad, it's a light, straightforward story reminiscent of a Hallmark film. Following Marissa Rogers, a health magazine editor in New York City who suffers from poor self-esteem, an awful mother, and a lifelong friendship with the selfish and popular Julia Ferrar, the novel explores themes of self value and identity, forgiveness, the impacts of painful decisions on friendships, and ta ...more
Jenny GB
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Full Disclosure: I received a signed copy of this book from the author through Shelf Awareness.

What a nice feel-good book this was and a quick read, too. The main character of the novel is Marissa, a girl who has a nice life, but typically finds herself at the mercy of other people. She's sweet and easy going so people take some advantage of that, especially her best friend Julia who is a great deal more social and charismatic. I quickly grew to like Marissa. She has typical female insecurities
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Art of Forgetting is a beautiful and moving story about friendship, family, love and forgiving.

Marissa Rogers has achieved her dream, something she dreamed about with her best friend Julia. She’s living in New York, working as a journalist at a magazine. It was not her first choice but to become an editor in chief she goes with it. She has a wonderful boyfriend and along with Julia several good friends. But then tragedy strikes on a day she was supposed to meet Julia. A cab hits Julia, resul
Lydia Laceby
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally Reviewed at Novel Escapes

The Art of Forgetting is a novel about the ultimate test of friendship. When Julia, the more dominant force in the duo, suffers a brain injury leaving her forgetful along with drastic personality changes, Marissa suffers along with her. The loss of her best friend leaves her reeling and questioning everything now that Julia’s filter seems to be gone and she keeps reliving the past and trudging up old issues.

I enjoyed Marissa’s character and seeing her grow wit
The following review initially appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers on Friday, June 24, 2011.

Camille Noe Pagán’s engaging debut novel offers a brief glance at a vision of “what might have been” for Marissa Rogers, a timid but likeable character. Marissa is a diet editor for Svelte, a fictional women’s diet and health magazine, whose readers are, not surprisingly, more interested in celebrity diets than they are in less frivolous health issues. At the beginning of the novel, Julia Ferrar—Maris
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Marissa Rogers and Julia Farrar have been best friends since high school. Julia is an accomplished and confident woman, with a magnetic personality and a rising career as a publicist for a New York ballet company. Marissa is an associate magazine editor, and with both women living out their dream jobs, life seems to be ideal.

Then, on her way to dinner with Marissa, Julia is struck by a car and sustains a terrible head injury. When she wakes up, she first can't remember anything, and then she rec
The Lonely book club
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
Full review can be found at: The Lonely book-club [Direct link] where it was originally posted

The protagonist in this book is the magazine editor Marissa. All her life she’s been happy sitting in the backseat in her own life, and her achievements are a little above average. She has a wonderful boyfriend and she’s, hopefully, about to be made editor-in-chief for the magazine she works for [Svelte]. Despite of her “luck” she isn’t happy. On the inside she is insecure and she has thought about “tho
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Teaser Synopsis: When Julia calls to me, I immediately think of Dr. Bauer's warning: She may not be the same person you knew two days ago. [p.14] * Uncorrected ARC
Click here for a full synopsis.

First thoughts after finishing this book: Yes, this was the way it was supposed to turn out!!

I really liked Marissa and was so happy that she finally learned to stand on her own two feet!! This was a great book that centers around Marissa and her insecurities. It isn't until her best friend Julia suffers
THE ART OF FORGETTING by Camille Noe Pagán is a young adult novel, and my four-star rating is for a YA book. I made the mistake of assuming it was a more advanced book, which I prefer, and would give it one star that. But I don't think one star would be fair just because I accidentally picked the wrong book for me.

I call this YA, but I'm over 50, and the term "chick lit" is new to me. I suppose that people more familiar with "chick lit" would call it that. But THE ART OF FORGETTING is one of the
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