Monday, July 19, 2010

Forget You by Jennifer Echols

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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.

While Jennifer Echols's book, Going Too Far still holds the number one spot in my heart I found Forget You to be also pretty darn engaging. She has such a way with words you better protect your heart because she just makes you fall in love with her male characters, in this case Doug.

It started off a little rocky for me, I didn’t instantly understand Zoey but she began to grow on me once I got to know more about her and her family. One thing that kept throwing a hitch in the wagon was how Zoey could ever even call her friend, Brandon her boyfriend, it was laughable and made her look desperate beyond belief. I mean I guess it makes a bit of sense why she clung to that (as her family fell apart before her eyes) but she clung so hard and so stubbornly to it, for so long, I wanted to smack her upside the head.

But when that phrase ("Brandon is my boyfriend") wasn’t being repeated by her constantly I really started to enjoy Zoey’s journey. Especially her journey with Doug. I didn’t get why he would lash out verbally at her in the beginning but then we get to know about their almost past and his past and it all starts to fit together. Doug was just hot, damn hot. Whenever he was around the book was golden. He was so nurturing and protective of Zoey, I mean he had his own problems and that just helped keep the book realistic.

Another thing I really liked was the mystery of what happened in the gap of Zoey’s memory, before/during and after her car crash. It sort of kept you guessing as to who you could really trust and where the story would end up. Overall a bit of a rocky start but ended with a great finish!

Forget You will be released on July 20th 2010
Genre: Young Adult
4.5/5 Stars
ARC provided by publisher

10 comments:

  1. I'm really excited for his one as Going Too Far is one of my fave reads so far this year. I pre-ordered mine, and the book depository let me know that they have posted it already. yay!

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  2. Thanks for the review. It sounds like an interesting read.

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  3. WOW great review, I love Jennifer's writing!

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  4. "Whenever he was around the book was golden."

    SO TRUE. Buying my copy this week!! I love the cover.

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  5. The cover is gorgeous! I've pre-ordered mine. I'm really excited to receive it.

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  6. nice review, I'm excited to read this!

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  7. I can handle a rocky start as long as the book finishes great. Thanks for the review!

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  8. I haven't read Jennifer Echols before, but this looks good. I'll check to see if it's on my wish list.

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  9. I think having amnesia at all would be scary! Doug sounds like a great character.

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