Title: Forget You
Author: Jennifer Echols
Publication Date: July 20, 2010
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.
Forget You was one of the books on my list to read for the 24-hour Readathon on October 9. I debated on whether or not I wanted to read it then or not, but then just decided to go for it. And yet again, I was mad I didn’t read it sooner!
The main storyline of the book is piecing together what happened to Zoey the night she got into a car accident. A lot of mystery envelopes the events that took place that night, and no one is offering up any clues as to what really happened. Zoey could have been with her “boyfriend” Brandon, or she could have been with Doug, a person she strongly dislikes. In the meantime, her father is marrying his pregnant 24-year-old fiancé and her mom is having a mental breakdown. Enough to make any person have a hard time right?
I really enjoyed trying to piece together that night along with Zoey and shared her frustration, confusion, and anger during the journey. I also really enjoyed her two best friends, Keke and Lila – twins who are total opposites but both extremely funny and lovable. There were two characters Echols made sure the reader completely disliked –Zoey’s dad and Brandon. Zoey’s dad is verbally abusive, emotionally unavailable, and a man-cougar (is that a word?) Brandon is a huge man whore who completely uses Zoey and takes advantage of their friendship. I seriously loathed both of them but they definitely played a huge role in Zoey discovering who she is.
I absolutely loved the romance that developed between Doug and Zoey throughout the book. It was intense, slow, and extremely romantic. I think they may be one of my favorite couples in recent books I’ve read.
I am actually in the process of reading another Jennifer Echols book, Going Too Far, because I enjoyed Forget You so much. And I definitely plan on reading other books by her as well! Definitely pick up Forget You for a romantic, mysterious, and fun read.