I read this book in 2014-2015 about this girl that was raised in a rich family, or royal family. She lives in the "new" city above a post apocalyptic city where the criminals and poor live. I think that one of the ways to get into the upper city was to ride a gondola type thing.

She ventures into the lower city were she meets a boy and they become friends and eventually fall in love. I remember her getting caught by her family and her memories are erased(?) The book was post-apocalyptic with new technology in the upper city.

I think I might be mixing up two different books, but I could swear that this was just one book.

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Could this be Mystic City by Theo Lawrence?

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud - and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths.

But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place.

Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection - and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city - including herself.

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  • There's mention of gondolas in this review
    – Valorum
    May 31, 2022 at 17:14
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    How common a theme this is -- I am sure almost all cultures have stories like these. I recall walking in Manhattan and foolishly deciding (with another person) to walk through an alleyway -- suddenly there were at least a dozen loiterers around. Nothing happened but I was surprised. There are so many dangerous places close to affluent ones and I am sure this was the case even thousands of years ago. The idea also of somehow not being able to convince, say, the palace guards that you are the prince whose clothing had been exchanged with that of a beggar -- an old story also I am sure.
    – releseabe
    May 31, 2022 at 18:42

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