Sunday, January 16, 2011

Review of Forget You by Jennifer Echols


 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.

[Synopsis by Goodreads]

Forget You tells a compelling story about love and relationships, trauma and depression, and sex. It's at times sweet, and at others intense. A good book to read on a lazy afternoon, with only 292 pages and a light plot.

Zoey was fun to read about, though I just didn't get her decisions sometimes. And the way she treated and thought about her mom was mean: shouldn't she have been supporting her mother?

I did like Doug's character. I always swoon for smart asses in books (probably because I am one myself). He was also sweet, at times, and his background and past showed in and affected everything he did. His character was dynamic and enjoyable to read about.

Right from the start, there was obvious chemistry between Zoey and Doug. Their attraction was so plain to see, yet I found the thing keeping them apart - Brandon - as an obstacle that could have been easily overcome.

The book ended on a hopeful note and made for a satisfying conclusion to the story.

Though this story wasn't exactly a favorite of mine, Jennifer Echols's writing style was both to-the-point and lovely. I give Forget You a 3 out of 5; and I'm interested in reading her other books.