Thursday, May 27, 2010

Review: Forget You




Synopsis: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. With her life 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.


Thoughts: I have been simmering for the past week, wondering how I'm going to write this review. Should I gush about how ridiculousy good it is? How some of the scenes made me giggle like a little school girl? Or how I would kill (metaphorically) for a Doug of my very own? Hmm...lets do it all!

In the beginning, Zoey seems like your average teenage high school girl. She's smart, captain of her swim team and seems to have it all under control. Little does everyone know her life is slowly falling apart. Her father knocked up a 24 year old girl he works with and plans on marrying her. And shortly after this, her mother has a mental breakdown.

Like most teenagers, Zoey doesn't know what to do. Feeling lost, Zoey becomes a bit reckless and does something rash. I'm not going to tell you what. Lets just say it's something right out of a Gossip Girl episode. Anywho, after a football game one night, Zoey and her swim team friends decide to crash a party. Maybe I shouldn't have used the word crash so losely because later that night, Zoey ends up in a car accident. Unfortunately, all she remembers is Doug pulling her out of the car. The memories leading to the crash and at the hospital are gone. All she knows now is Doug's acting extremely "friendly" and Brandon is becoming very distant.

As the novel progresses, Doug feeds Zoey bits and pieces of the night in question. Zoey doesn't tell him she doesn't know. She uses another route: charm. As she slowly puts all the pieces together, she soon realizes how this missing memory completely alters her life. Nothing is the same after that.

Pretty intense, right? I loved every minute of Forget You. The most frustrating part of my day was having to put the book down and go to work/go to sleep. I couldn't read it fast enough. And even then, I didn't want it to end.

Lets talk swoon worthy boys. Doug is one of those broading yet tender guys every girl dreams of. I want a Doug of my very own. Even when he's furious at Zoey, he never gives up on her. Talk about a great guy! The mischievous things Doug and his brother do together will have you laughing and "awwing" at the same time. And I have to say, every scene with Doug and Zoey will either have you cringing or squeeing.

I do have one complaint about Forget You and that's Brandon. I honestly don't get what Zoey saw in him. I mean, he's like a house with all the lights on and no one's home. I'm thinking it's Zoey's controlling nature that draws her to Brandon. Even though it's obvious he's avoiding her, Zoey still feels the need to take control and fix it.

One quick warning: This book is very PG-13. There's profanity and there's nookie. While I do recommend this book, I also recommend being age appropriate. Like, lets say around the age of 16 and up? Trust me!

Special thanks to Traveling Arc Tours and The Hiding Spot for loaning me this book. I didn't want to let it go! Still, I'm very grateful I had a chance to read it.

To all Jennifer Echol's fans out there, you will not be disappointed. If you loved Going Too Far, you'll love Forget You. It's a summer read with an edgy twist you don't want to miss!

5 comments:

  1. I-must-read-this! You made it sound so good! -squee-

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  2. I love that feeling - when you can't wait to get to the end of a book and yet you NEVER want to put it down.
    This sounds fab!

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  3. I...want....this....book!!!! I went nuts over "Going too Far" and lost my mind staying up till 5am reading it! I want to read this one so bad. It is the book I am looking forward to the most this summer!!! I can't wait!!!!!

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  4. No matter how hard I try to go towards other genres, I still find my way back to Jeffrey Archer books. 70 years old and a razor sharp mind, what a lethal combination you have Sir Jeffrey. Reading your books bought from http://www.uread.com/book/and-thereby-hangs-tale-jeffrey/9780330513685 gives me so much of pleasure that I almost start feeling guilty. {{{cosmic hugs sir}}}

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