Monday, August 30, 2010

Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Title: Forget You
Author: Jennifer Echols
Publisher: MTV Books
Paperback, 292 pages
Date Published: July 20, 2010

Description (Taken 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.
It’s not too often that I read contemporary fiction, but I’m happy that I ventured into the world of Forget You by Jennifer Echols. The story is interesting and engaging, while also being completely believable. The characters really stood out to me because they were realistic and heartfelt. Zoey is easy to relate to and more than easy to empathize with, given her circumstances with her loony bin mom and her ass of a dad.

Echols tackles this story with honesty and the shows the reality of teenage life. Zoey’s life isn’t perfect and she’s far from perfect herself. In a time when her family is falling apart, Zoey strives to present herself with the perfect life. She starts out with both feet firmly planted on the ground, but after an unexpected pregnancy (her dad knocks up his employee), a divorce (lots of yelling), and a suicide attempt (her mom is all kinds of messed up post-divorce) Zoey’s firmly planted feet begin to shift and the book explores the raw emotions that can come with all of that.

In the aftermath of the divorce, Zoey does what many teens would do, she becomes more reckless. She becomes more sexual and more interested in the thrills of a sexual relationship. When Zoey wakes up the morning after a car accident to find ‘not her boyfriend’ Doug checking in on her all lovey dovey like, the story really takes off. What happened the night of the accident that caused Zoey to not be with her boyfriend Brandon? And why is Doug all of a sudden being nice to her?

This is where the writing and the characterizations really shine. Zoey’s at a loss as to what happened to her and bad boy Doug seems to be the only person who knows the truth. Their relationship and the slowly unraveling mystery about that night had me yearning for more. The chemistry between Doug and Zoey is undeniable and the sexual tension was incredibly well-written. Doug could have easily been just the sexy bad boy, but Echols made me love him with his depth and his personality. Oh, and he’s gorgeous and has the most incredible eyes. That helps too.

The realization about that forgotten night forces Zoey to really take a look at her life, at herself, at the people around her, and grow up a little. She goes through a lot in such a short amount of time and by the end, she’s better because of it. All of that makes the book sound heavy, but it’s not really. Forget You is a fast, addicting read that gives us the reality of teens with sex, lust, and a lot of sarcasm. I loved it.

Opening line: Every strong swimmer has a story about nearly drowning. ~ pg. 1

Favorite line(s): He frowned at me. “Why haven’t you been turning the world upside down looking for your real diamond earrings?”
I shrugged. “I figured they’d turn up. Like my virginity.” ~ pg. 174
More like a 4.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 

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Bere said...

Brilliant review, Nikki! This one does sound great. I've read wonderful reviews and your review is no exception. Makes me all the more anxious to get it fast. Thank you for review! =)

Marce said...

Great review Nikki. I may just consider this one, story sounds like it was executed well.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

It really is a great book. I don't usually read the more chick-lit type of books, but this one was wonderful.

Bere & Marce -I hope you both get a chance to read it.

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