Thursday, October 20, 2011

Book Review: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Title: Forget You
Author: Jennifer Echols
Pages: 292
Publication: July 20, 2010
Publishor: MTV
Summary taken from goodreads:
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.


Since I have only heard great things about Jennifer Echols and her writing and also because this was the first book that I have read of hers, I think those were the main reasons why Forget You wasn't as amazing as I expected; my expectations were too high.

My main problem was with Zoey. She has this perfectionist personality that she inherited from her mom, doing everything that she can to at least maintain the appearance of a put together person when really, her life is slowly falling apart.

After she has the accident and realizes that she can't remember anything that happened that night, she tells everyone that she remembered what had happened and does everything that she can to try to piece together that night. While I understood why she had to lie in the first place, I eventually became annoyed with her after a while because she just couldn't go on a limb and ask someone for help, while also stringing Doug along, denying her feelings for him.

I still don't understand why she couldn't just get together with him after she found out the real reason why he went to juvie. Because honestly, Doug has got to be one of the most amazing guys ever. He worries about Zoey, takes care of her, has this honeyed sarcasm that has got to sound pretty amazing in real life, loves to read, gives a sexy stare, and has an awesome body from being a swimmer. Plus, he isn't afraid to show his emotions to Zoey, especially when she hurts him.

Although I've been griping throughout this whole review, I did enjoy the book, especially towards the end when Zoey finally figures out what had happened and also because there were some pretty funny scenes near the end of the book, too.

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