“The Art of Forgetting” by Camille Noe Pagan
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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 enjoying the benefits of being best friends with gorgeous, charismatic, absolutely alpha Julia Ferrar.
And then Julia gets hit by a cab. She survives with minor obvious injuries, but brain damage steals her memory and alters her personality, possibly forever. Suddenly, Marissa is thrown into the role of alpha friend. As Julia struggles to regain her memory- dredging up issues Marissa would rather forget, including the fact that Julia asked her to abandon the love of her life ten years ago- Marissa's own equilibrium is shaken.
With the help of a dozen girls, she reluctantly agrees to coach in an after-school running program. There, Marissa uncovers her inner confidence and finds the courage to reexamine her past and take control of her future.
The Art of Forgetting is a story about the power of friendship, the memories and myths that hold us back, and the delicate balance between forgiving and forgetting.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
"The Art of Forgetting" pulled me in within the first few pages. The story is about Marissa and Julia who have been best friends since high school. They had their lives perfectly planned, but as everyone knows not everything works as planned. When Julia suffers from a traumatic brain injury after getting hit by a car, things begin to change. As their friendship changes, Marissa begins to discover who she is – she begins to accept herself and understand what it is that she wants in her life. It’s a wonderfully crafted story about friendship. What I think works best for the story is that the characters are relatable, too. Overall, this was a fabulous read and I’d recommend it.