Title: Forget You
Author: Jennifer Echols
Genre: Contemporary YA
Format: Paperback, 292 pages
Release Date: July 20, 2010
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.
I ordered this book a few weeks ago to get free shipping on my Amazon order. I'd been wanting to read it for a while now and I just went ahead and purchased a copy. Does it make me a "bad" person to admit that I bought a book just to get free shipping?
Anyway back to the book, I had heard great things about this book and I really wanted to LOVE it but that just didn't happen. I really did LIKE it a lot though. Our main character Zoey, works at her lowlife father's water park as a lifeguard and is also dealing with a seriously depressed mom. Zoey has always been the definition of "good girl," if you looked up the word there would be her picture. Then there is a horrible accident involving Zoey's mom that has Zoey taking more chances than she usually does. Which leads up to the car crash that leaves Zoey with no memory of the events prior to the crash.
I really didn't care for Brandon at all and I really didn't see what Zoey saw in him either. I thought that he was pretty much a prick but that's just my opinion. I also seriously disliked Zoey's father. I guess as far as I'm concerned this book has two "villains." I did like Doug though. He was our tall dark and mysterious character and I really liked how the relationship between Doug and Zoey grew. At times Zoey could be really annoying, it started to bother me that she had to keep reminding people that Brandon was her boyfriend...Almost like she had to remind herself so she had a reason to attempt to keep her hands off Doug.
Overall, I really did like this book. I'm still really happy that I bought it, even if it was just to get free shipping. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who hasn't read a Jennifer Echols book before. Jennifer is a new to me author and now I can hardly wait to pick Love Story, which I also purchased in that order too.