Forget You by Jennifer Echols
MTV, July 2010
Summary from Goodreads:
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 enjoyed this story, although it wasn't as Oh My God as I thought it would be. (I suspect I'll enjoy Echols' previous work, Going Too Far, more.) The story itself was fine and I thought the characters were realistic. Yes, unfortunately there are dads out there who refuse to buy their daughter a new car because they're afraid the daughter will get spoiled, while their 24-year-old girlfriend drives around in a spankin' new car. And makes his daughter pay him back for the towing fees after she crashes her car. And forbids her to speak about her mother's sudden absence. Yeah, Father of the Year right here, folks!
Doug was hot hot hot as the brooding boy with a sketchy past, and Brandon was your typical high school lugnut. The only character I really had any problem with, actually, was...Zoey. I just couldn't relate to her at all. I can't stand girls who get all possessive and clingy after what amounts to a one-night stand. I was almost expecting to see her create a Brandon-shrine to pray to every night. Ugh. What makes Zoey think that player Brandon is suddenly going to change his ways?
So it was a good story. The characters were certainly memorable, and the whole plotline about what actually did happen between Zoey and Doug had me hooked. I'm not sure what else I was expecting, but I know I certainly wasn't expecting to dislike Zoey so much! I'd give it a 3 out of 5.
Enjoy your reading!