Forget Tomorrow book review

An impactful dystopian read that keeps the reader on their toes

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In a world where fate is decided beforehand of an individual by their future selves, the New York Times best-selling novel “Forget Tomorrow” by Pintip Dunn applies this concept in an intriguing manner through the main character, 17-year-old Callie, as she tries to prevent her future from meeting a dire outcome.

Raiha Khan, Staff Writer

Forget Tomorrow comes face to face with the universal message that no matter how much, motivation, strength or love a person may have to overcome a certain obstacle, in the end, a person’s biggest enemy is themselves. 

In a dystopian world in which life is already predetermined for humans from glimpses of their future selves sent to their past, Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn asks the question of whether a person can control over fate or if destiny takes control. 

The novel covers one main topic, which affects some people positively and others negatively: showing a person’s future. It follows the main protagonist, Callie, through her journey of trying to change her destiny because of what her future self is about to do. On her 17th birthday, Callie comes face to face with a devastating vision of herself plunging a needle right into her little sister, Jessa’s, heart where she lay in a hospital bed.  The program which showcased these kids’ futures had the ability to see the memories with the receiver first-hand, meaning Callie was also being chased by authorities for a crime she didn’t even commit yet. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan Russell, Callie tries to distance herself as much as possible from her sister in hopes to escape what’s “destined” to happen later. The book is an intense roller coaster of emotions that tackles questions regarding free will, fate and control of one’s destiny. 

The dystopian novel is a great read, and a personal favorite part includes when the Callie finds that there are others like her who suffer horrible fates but are not terrible people of the sort. With the story being as detailed as it is, the reader feels all the emotions Callie goes through in her journey of breaking what is destined for her. The setting creates a tense environment due to the unexpected turns in every direction leaving the reader on their toes. The message makes the reader question whether free will or destiny is real, leaving a powerful impact.  A lot of the times, Callie struggles to say what’s on her mind, which may sometimes be a bit irritating, but overall, she’s kind, caring, and very emotionally strong to say the least. 

With the novel being 333 pages long, Forget Tomorrow questions the debate that people feel about being able to carry fate in one’s hands but does it in different circumstances. The tone throughout the book remains serious and worrisome with a few humorous elements. It comes to terms with the harsh reality of facing the fact that one doesn’t know what the future has in store for them whether it be positive or negative. 

Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn, a New York Times Bestseller,  rates 4 and a half out of five chapter books.