Saturday, July 31, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Title: Forget You
Author: Jennifer Echols
Summary (from www.goodreads.com ):
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.
Character Development: 10/10pts
Total Score: 47/50
Age Appropriate Rating:
Drugs, alcohol, etc.: 4/10
Sexual Content: 9/10
Violence/Disturbing Images: 2/10
I really don’t know what to say to accurately describe my love for this book. My reviews are usually super long because I have so much but to share but for FORGET YOU no words can express what a wonderful read this was. I have tried to write this review so many times but I can’t figure out what to say so please bear with me here.
The emotions that it covered so realistically, the characters I knew so well, and the fabulous chemistry between Zoey and Doug all made me fall in love with another one of Jennifer Echols dramas.
The chemistry was probably the main thing actually. Doug might just be a new guy to add to your Hot Fiction Crushes list. He was this super hot bad boy who everyone admired from afar because no one wanted to get close to a kid from juvie. But Doug was really a sweetheart who had more depth than your typical bad boy. I loved every scene with Zoey and him in it. From the beginning when they couldn’t stand each other to the car wreck to the bus ride to everything else. It all felt so real and just made me smile.
But of course drama was there too. Both Zoey and Doug were facing some very difficult personal issues. Zoey was dealing with her parent’s divorce and her mom’s suicide attempt and her own memory loss. Doug was battling his father’s daily disapproval of him for not being brave enough, strong enough, or following his father’s dreams for him. All of these issues and how the characters reacted to them were portrayed with honesty and realism to where I could easily relate and sympathize with them.
I’m trying to write this review without sounding too fan-girly but I truly don’t have much to criticize. Zoey and Doug’s relationship developed realistically. They had fights. They were there for each other. They had awesome chemistry. They were in love. There was drama with friends and drama at home and relationship drama too. It even took place on the beach making it the perfect summer beach read. What more could you want?
Overall, FORGET YOU has chemistry, drama, a beautiful way of writing, and a story you won’t soon forget. Keep this one close to you whenever you need a good story of love and all the heartbreak that comes with it. I definitely recommend this book.