Title: Forget You
Author: Jennifer Echols
Published by: MTV Books
Age Group: Young-adult
Challenge: Howarts Reading Challenge 2011
2011- Young Adult Reading Challenge
Rating: 4- Great!
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 absolutely adored Jennifer’s other novel Going Too Far and I couldn’t wait to see what she come up with in Forget You. For me I found it a bit disappointing compared to Going Too Far, but I did enjoy it.
At the start of the novel I thought that the story was a bit slow and then as the story went on I started to get into it more and more especially the last few chapters. I love Jennifer’s writing, when I read her work it’s like the words just flow off the page.
One of the topics that Jennifer has mentioned both in Forget You and Going Too Far is the topic of sex. In this novel it focuses more on the good and the bad that comes from sex. I applaud Jennifer on adding real aspects of teen life into her novel… and yes sex is a part of the teen life for you who didn’t know that.
All of Jennifer’s characters are well round they have traits that you love and hate just as a real person does. For most of the novel I found Zoey’s character to be quite annoying, but Zoey had her reason and I liked how she developed and became a character that I really liked by the end of the novel. I liked Doug’s character he was mysterious and sweet at the same time, I also like how he developed through the novel.
All in all Jennifer made me love her writing and novels once again and I can’t wait to read what she writes next. If you see this book buy it but stick with it all the way through and trust me when I say you will love it.
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