Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Summary:(from back of book) 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 boyfriend. 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.
Review: I had mixed feelings about this book. I liked the fact that the reader is slowly discovering what really happened slowly along with Zoey. This led to a few surprises and some that were more predictable. I also liked the romance aspect although there were a few scenes that were a little more graphic than I would have liked. However, I though this was a really sweet yet somewhat intense story. One things got more intense in the second half of the book I was hooked and couldn't put it down.
I thought the characters were really cool. I liked them and thought the story was relate able but for some reason I wasn't completely connected to the characters. Maybe it was because i spend the entire book slightly annoyed at at least one of them. Despite that though, Doug is awesome he is definitely my favorite character. There were a few things that bugged me. First, Zoeys dad's reaction to her crash and memory loss. It's made clear that he isn't the best father in the world. But the way he acted was downright mean and it bugged me. The other thing that bothered me and was a little bit more important to the story line was Zoey's definition of "boyfriend". I don't want to give anything away but it was annoying that she seemed to use the term a little loosley. i think this is part of the reason I didn't realate to her very well.
Overall, I thought this book was a nice romantic read. Although I did have a few small complaints as a whole i did like it and will probably read some of Echols other writing.

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