Thursday, July 28, 2011

Review: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Release date: July 20, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: MTV books
Pages: 304
Overall: 5/5 stars
Summary from Amazon: 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.
I actually read this one a while back, but I realized I hadn't posted a review for it and decided to re-read it. I first fell in love with Jennifer Echols' writing when I read her book The Boys Next Door, so ever since then I've tried to pick up every single one of her novels. Every time I read one of her books I fall in love all over again, especially with Forget You. It's an interesting premise having a romance novel involving amnesia, and I think it really added to the story. The characters in Forget You were also wonderfully portrayed. Brandon was written as the best friend with some bad dating habits, and then there was Doug, the semi - bad boy who pushes everyone away from him (even though all the girls want to be close to him ;). Along with the fact that Doug was extremely attractive and sexy, him and Zoey constantly had conversations full of witty repartee, making their relationship very entertaining. However, as much as I love Jennifer Echols and her books, I'm never able to fully like the female characters in her books. They're constantly making stupid mistakes, and while it makes for an interesting plot, it can get a tad bit annoying. However, once Zoey was finally done being stupid, I was fully satisfied with her and her sizzling love life. Jennifer Echols is definitely a pro at writing a good romance, and I love the way she honestly portrays teens sex lives. Much like another of my favorite authors, Kody Keplinger, she doesn't sugar coat the topic of sex and writes the impact of it into her novels. Overall the blend of characters, relationships, and plot turns in this book make for one sizzling summer read. I definitely recommend this to someone who's a fan of Echols, Sarah Dessen, or Kody Keplinger.

Writing: 5 stars
Plot: 5 stars
Characters: 4 stars
Ending: 5 stars
Cover: 4 stars


Love always,



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  2. If I had to describe Forget You with one word it would be W.O.W. Jennifer Echols has written a book that will be sure to blow readers away. It's superbly well written and is filled with a story that will make your heart melt. It has an addictive quality, that makes it hard to put down once you've started reading. Forget You is a rare gem of a book in every way.