Sunday, July 17, 2011

Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Publisher: MTV Books
Age Group: YA
Rating: 3/5
Source: Author

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 had heard a lot about Jennifer Echols and her books and since this book had been sitting on my shelf for a very long time, I decided to give it a try.

I loved the way Echols developed her characters. I also felt very bad for Zoey. Her dad had hooked up with Ashely, some 24 year old at the place she worked, Slide and Clyde, and now Ashley is pregnant. Zoey also is going to have this night where she's going to hook up with her boyfriend, Brandon, but the next thing she remembers is being in a car crash.

Doug is there saving her and that's where everything evolves from. Doug hates Brandon and his guts, but he loves Zoey. Now this book has sexual scenes. But Echols isn't afraid to just go with the flow and throw it in there. YA books now -a- days do have these sences.

But the story for me fell a bit short. The writing sometimes had me bored and I had to struggle my way through finishing it.

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