February 27, 2014 by Bernadette ~ The Bumbling Bookworm
Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Publisher/Year: Simon & Schuster, 1 April 2013 (originally published 30 June 2010)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: I borrowed it from the library!
Other books from author: Going Too Far, The One That I Want, Such A Rush, Dirty Little Secret, The Boy Next Door series, Stargazer series, Superlatives series
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.
What I Thought…
I’d heard so many good things about Jennifer Echols and I was so excited to read this book. I hadn’t read of any of Echols books before, so I jumped on this one when I saw it in my library. Unfortunately, that was the last of my excitement.
This book was almost a DNF for me, and that’s saying a lot as I rarely DNF. As it was, I pushed through and tried to make the best of a bad situation. It wasn’t the quality of the writing that was the problem; it was more so the fact that I couldn’t stand any of the characters, nor did I understand any of their actions. The whole book just seemed unrealistic to me.
Zoey, in particular, was the worst. She drove me crazy right from the start, and it only became worse after her accident. The way she constantly forced the clearly nonexistent Brandon thing, and totally fought against the Doug, thing didn’t make any sense to me whatsover. Her friends were awful and dropped her seemingly without reason. Her dad was this horrid, evil man, and it just seemed to me that he was written that way simply to create more conflict in a book that was mired in it.
Now that I think about it, that was a major issue for me, the conflict upon conflict upon conflict upon… you get the picture. Every page you turned there was more conflict, and it was just exhausting. It’s exhausting me now just writing about it! SO, between the lame-o characters and the conflict-athon, this was not the book for me.
I simply didn’t enjoy this book and I spent almost the whole time wanting to put it down. The only reason that I kept pushing through was because I’d heard such good things about Echols and I thought the book might get better as it went on, even right up to the end. That didn’t happen. If ever I get courage to read another book by Echols, I sincerely hope I have a different experience.
Rating: 1 Star
What did you think of this book? Do you have a favourite Jennifer Echols book that you think I might like to read, to help change my opinion?