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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Review: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Released: July 20, 2010
Publisher: MTV
Rated: Ya
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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. 

What I thought:

This was my first Jennifer Echols novel, and I'm making sure it won't be my last. This was fantastic! This had some heartbreaking moments in it that made me tear up a little through the book. Zoey hasn't had it easy. Even worse, she's been forced to keep it secret, or else.

I kept rooting for Zoey and Doug. I liked Doug so much better than Brandon. I kept yelling at my book because I wanted her with Doug so bad. Loved the tension, I even loved how loyal Zoey was, even if what she wanted wasn't want she currently had.

The story was good. Zoey spent her time trying to regain her memory of that one night after the crash, lost somewhere along the highway. Watching her struggle to put it all together, trying to be sneaky about asking questions of that night, while avoiding letting her dad know how much of her memory was really gone was a great storyline. I love dramas every now and then, this was a good one. Not over the top, not cheesy, but a well written story.



*Parent warning: This does have some sexually explicit scenes*

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8 comments:

Neri said...

That was a great review. I haven't read much contemporary YA or any Jennifer Echols books but I think I might try this book out :)

Aimee said...

Thanks Neri! I haven't read too much, but lately I'm on a contemp YA kick. I've been scouring for any good book and have found quite a few great ones.

Book Passion for Life said...

I loved this :) So glad you enjoyed it too. I've just finished the author's other two books (Going too Far & Love Story) and I love them all. Great review. Donna

Aimee said...

I still need to read Love Story. I just loved Going Too Far as well! Great books!

Rubita said...

This is supposed to be my first Jennifer Echols, too, if I can get to it, that is. Have you read Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac? I can't help but think of it when I read the plot description of Forget You. Glad to know it's good, though.

Dea (IvaliceAlliance) said...

Great review! I love Jennifer Echols. :) Going Too Far is my favorite so far and I can't wait to read Love Story.

ham1299 said...

Excellent review. I loved Forget You, too. Very good book. I wasn't as impressed with Love Story, but I still think Echols is awesome!

Fate Is Kind said...

This book is definitely on my 'To Read' list, love the sound of it! Nice review :)

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