Title: Forget You
Author: Jennifer Echols
First published: July 20th 2010, MTV Books
Edition: ebook, 203 pages
Age group: Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★
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.
This is my first book by Jennifer Echols, but she appears to be quite a popular author on different book blogs. Her books are YA and combine some typical teenage drama and first love.
“Forget You” and “Going Too Far” are the most praised books, said to be containing a very heart warming love story. And I can never deny myself one, because I looove romance!
So I started with “Forget You”. At first it was going very well with me. Zoey appeared to be just a normal teen with friends, hobbies and parties. But then everything went downhill when she found her mother unconscious after her suicide attempt. I can only assume that everything that went later on was the reflection of Zoey’s stress as she was no longer the same Zoey I liked in the beginning.
First she had sex in her car with her so-called friend Brandon Moore, who is a player, and an earlier Zoey had known about that. But now she not only considered herself his girlfriend, she also tried to prove this to be a true love.
Zoey tried her hardest to act like nothing happened with her mom, like she’d just gone on a work trip. Even when her mom ran away from her clinic to see Zoey during her swim meet, Zoey didn’t seem to be happy to see her safe and sound after she had almost killed herself. Not at all. Zoey only worried that all her friends and team mates could see that her mom was crazy. And Zoey dreaded they would think she was crazy too.
I also really disliked her father, I’m sure I’m not the only one here. It’s one of those moments you read in some books where a parent with no warm feelings towards his child is portrayed, and you can’t really grasp this idea. Like how it is even possible, it’s your kid! But Zoey’s dad is just like that. It is explained that he hadn’t grown up with money but only got rich recently after opening “Slide with Clyde”. And people who suddenly gain that much money they didn’t dream of having are obsessed with showing it off. In Zoey’s dad’s case it’s having a mistress and a baby with her, a divorce with his first wife and then have a crazily expensive wedding in Hawaii with said mistress who is considerably younger than he is.
Not surprisingly it’s actually only Doug I really loved in this story. Aside from being described as a really hot half-Japanese guy, he is also caring, trustworthy and strong-willed. He was the only one who cared and supported Zoey through all this mess. Of course he is in love with her, and has been quite for a long time. Too bad Zoey was obsessed with the illusion of being Brandon’s girlfriend.
I didn’t understand all this amnesia twist to be honest. In my opinion the story could have developed rather interesting even without it, but it did set the events into motion.
So to sum it up I didn’t really get exactly the love story I was hoping for, like the one which you keep reading and can’t stop for even a minute, because it’s so alive and moving and the characters are really amazing. But the ending was really sweet and I really liked Zoey & Doug together, they were really cute. So I’m going to read more Jennifer Echols’s books. Her writing is really great and it’s actually really nice to read a YA story with normal background, without all the popular now supernatural stuff.