Thursday, November 4, 2010

Review - Forget you By Jennifer Echols

Title and Author: Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Publisher: MTV Books
Publication Date: July 20, 2010
Paperback: 293 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Romance

WHY CAN’T YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU FORGET . . .  AND WHAT YOU REMEMBER?  There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four- year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. Feeling like her life is about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.  But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people— suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug. (

I read Going Too Far and loved it so I decided to read Forget You and while it was a very good book, I didn’t like it as much as I did Going Too Far.
After her parent’s divorce, Zoey is determined to keep everything and everyone in its place. All should be perfect and she should always be in control but when her mother has a breakdown and attempts suicide, everything changes. To make everything worst, Zoey is in a car accident and can’t remember almost anything about the night it happened.
Zoey is a complex character and I have to confess I didn’t always understand her reactions and actions. It was a little frustrating to see her go on and on about a relationship with Brandon (her friend and, supposedly, boyfriend) that clearly didn’t truly exist. That doesn’t mean she wasn’t a smart, funny and sweet character at times because she was. It was also interesting to see her deal with not remembering what she did the night of her accident and finding out little by little exactly what had happened that night.
Dough is definitely the best character in this book. He’s portrayed as a bad boy in the start but as the story develops you find out there’s much more to him than his bad boy fa├žade. He is sweet, funny and caring. He’s a little messed up but that only makes him more interesting.
What I really did like about this book was Jennifer Echols writing style and her ability to write a witty and emotional novel. The moments Zoey and Dough spent together were extremely well written and it only seemed natural for them to be together. Once again Echols managed to make the chemistry between the main characters real and tangible.
All in all, Forget You is a very good book with and interesting plot and story development that focus on important themes such as family, friendship and sex.

After her mother and father's divorce, Zoey is determined to live the perfect life, everything and everyone in it's place. However, when her mother attempts suicide Zoey's world is thrown out of whack. To further complicate matters, Zoey is in an accident and can't remember what happened the night it happened. But she needs to remember and fast, because when she wakes up her love life is upside down.

Things that irked me about the novel: I had a hard time sympathizing with Zoey at ti
Rating: Well Worth Your Time

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