Publisher: MTV (Simon & Schuster)
Genre: Young Adult
Book Summary: 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.
My Review: I have two Jennifer Echols books on my shelf currently (this one and Endless Summer) and I have to admit I was intimidated by the sheer size of the books so I chose the smallest of the two first. After all, what if I ended up really not liking the book? I didn't want to commit myself to almost six hundred pages of a book I may not like.
Well, let me assure you, after reading Forget You, I now cannot WAIT to get to Endless Summer and all of its six hundred pages and I already have my eye on several more from her on my Nook. Forget You is an incredible book that I am sure I will be reading again some day. It reeled me in quickly and soon I didn't want to put it down.
Zoey is the complete perfect package. She's beautiful, smart, popular and never, ever does anything that would cause gossip. She's always in control and when her mom has a breakdown Zoey suddenly finds it harder and harder to keep it a secret. She has the hot football player boyfriend who isn't just a player on the field and two best friends she doesn't trust enough to tell the truth to, despite their loyalty. Zoey's life is out of control and to make matters worse, the only one who knows the truth is the only person in the whole school who hates her: Doug.
Much of the book focuses on Zoey's lack of memory from what happened the night she was in an accident but being the control freak that she is, she can't just ask someone outright what happened so she goes about finding out in ways that will keep you guessing page after page what really went down that night.
Forget You is mature in it's writing and doesn't hide the fact that, yes, even teenagers have sex. I found the "sex" scenes to be done very tastefully and truthful to the age of the main characters. I only wanted to mention this part of the novel because I know some people don't agree with sex being in a YA novel, but I disagree with that mindset and was thrilled to see it written so well into this one.
Forget You is a fantastic book and as I said earlier, I simply cannot wait to get to her other books in my reading pile. I absolutely loved it!