Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Forget You by Jennifer Echols Review


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 ofthem? 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.

Rating: 3.5/5

Plot: 4/5

Characters: 4.5/5

Ending: 4.5/5

I am a huge Jennifer Echols fan and was so excited to finally find this book in my local library but it's like the second and movie in a series (except Sherlock Holmes), never as good as the first. Btw, this is not a series but you know what I mean.

Without giving away anything, I felt like there was a lot of information missing. And I don't think it was because Echols forgot or didn't think it was warranted, but the things that were missing would have changed the plot and made the story something else. So I understand why but it also annoys me because it made me question and be confused.

Zoey's mother attempts suicide and she has to go live with her terrible, unloving father and soon-to-be 24-year-old pregnant step-mother. That's a lot to handle, but somehow it was a back story, while she and her love life was the focus. I just wish more of her discovering about herself and her relationship with her family was put into the book, instead of hints and a paragraph of summary that she stands up for herself.

One area I didn't need more of was the romance. It was steamy at times but also lovable and I didn't mind that I was confused about how it all came about.


One thing I can say without spoiling much, is that Zoey is this smart girl with OCD-like behavior and she knows how Brandon is with girls, yet she falls for him and assumes they're dating just from having sex. 

Another thing is how adamant Zoey is that she doesn't like Doug and it seems like his feelings for her are so much more real than hers are for him. It would all make sense if Echols wrote an explanation of her discovering her feelings and how she comes to love him. It was too weird that she had this amazing night of discovery and the readers, and seemingly Zoey, never learns about it from Doug or by regaining her memory. I really wanted to see the transformation instead of her jumping from 0 to 10.

There was no hint of her having any feelings for Doug excpet thinking he was hot, so HOW DID IT ALL CHANGE?! I do think they were good together in the end but it was too much of a leap for all the information we were given.

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