Monday, June 28, 2010

Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:

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.
Review:

Not to pick favorites or anything but Going Too Far was by far one of my favorite books last year, along with The Ex-Games, and since Ms. Echols was behind these spectaculars, it's basically a given to say she was one of my favorite authors last year as well. So when the chance to read Forget You came up, I jumped at, though really who wouldn't? I mean this is Jennifer Echols we're talking about.

And while Forget You proved to be one addicting, emotional, and romantic read, I feel that it didn't even come close to topping or being at the same level of the Jennifer's previous books because of a couple different reasons.

From the first page the reader is thrown into the life of Zoey, a girl who appears to have everything together at the surface but in all sincerity really doesn't. Zoey was a character I had a hard time liking for most of the book, which is something that usually doesn't happen to me and one of the main reasons this went down a grade. I think the main reason for this occurring was the choices Zoey made. I hate to say some of her choices were stupid, though when it came to the accident, her mother, and her relationship with Doug/Brandon they were. For example, for most of the book her excuse for everything Doug related was "Brandon's my boyfriend, so I just can't be with you even though I want to!", which I just found ridiculous, since not only did Brandon only appear once or twice but it was obvious he was using her, so it just caused a lot of frustration on my part. Though, I do admit that when she started getting some more sense, I started liking her a lot more, thankfully. Doug, on the other had, was another story completely. He was always cute, romantic, sensibly, and just all around the perfect male protagonist to be crushing on. And his relationship with Zoey? One word: adorable!

The plot of this was compellable, making this book one I had a hard time putting down for even a second. I loved the idea of how Zoey could not remember a thing from the accident, since it caused a whole lot of tension and intrigue the whole book as I was wondering 'What exactly did happen that night?' Also, it was interesting to see how Zoey dealt with her mother's suicide attempt and how she came to terms with it. And I'm sure it's given to say Ms. Echols writing was fablous since it always is.

In all, while I did have a few problems with Forget You, it's still one romanctic and sweet book with a lot of depth that I higly suggest you pick up. And will I be reading more by Echols even though this one didn't quite hit the spot? Of couse!

Grade: B

Forget You will be released July 20, 2010!

Source: Around The World Tours

9 comments:

  1. A very insightful review. Too bad the book didn't quite measure up to the authors previous ones. Thanks for the review.

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  2. I completely agree! I wasn't too thrilled with this book, and I was afraid that my expectations were too high after Going Too Far, but I had the same complaints you do. Great review!

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  3. Perfect review! I haven't read anything by this author yet. I've got to fix that!

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  4. I see you have no problem being honest when you write reviews, Lauren. That's good and what I really like is that you aren't overly critical. And you give books grades instead of stars - that's cute :)

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  5. < Jennifer's books. Especially Going Too Far. Can't wait 2 read this one :D

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  6. I enjoyed Going too Far and am looking forward to reading this book so much. Thanks for the review, even though it didn't live up to the others, I'm still very much looking forward to read it. =)

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  7. I havent read anything by this author, yet. And this is for sure going to be my first, so maybe I will adore it. I'm sorry that it didn't quite lived up to your expecations. Hopefully in the future her other books will. :)

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  8. Great review - I agree with you about Zoey. I didn't like her a lot, though I loved Doug.

    Yay for Jenn Echols!

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  9. I haven't read any of her books. It sounds like I should check them out!

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