Review: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

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Review: Forget You by Jennifer EcholsForget You by Jennifer Echols
Published by MTV Books
Pub Date: July 20th 2010
Pages: 292
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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4 Stars

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’m not sure if this book purposely meant to make me feel just as disoriented as Zoe after she lost her memory of the previous night, but it did a little. I felt like I was also wading through everything, trying to put things together from practically nothing. Obviously I know as much as Zoe does, since it’s told from her POV. It was definitely an interesting experience, but I have to say, I enjoyed going through this experience with her.

There’s one thing I enjoyed more though…and that was Doug. I know, you’re shocked! :P Again, thanks to Zoe, I was SO confused as to how things got the way they did with Doug. I mean, before the crash she kept bringing up how they hated each other, then after the crash and memory loss, he loved her! What in the world could have happened in one night?!?! Don’t worry, it’s all explained and it all makes sense the more you read, and by the end it’ll be crystal clear. In the meantime though, you’ll begin to fall for this sensitive, attractive, sarcastic guy. His honorable intentions made him so endearing! I’d also like to point out just how steamy this book is…smokin’! Certainly for a more mature young adult audience.

Now, Brandon. Ugh. I did not find his ways cute whatsoever. I wanted to kick his ass! I’m glad that relationship didn’t drag out for longer than it did, or I would have been pissed! He was an ass. Plain and simple. Another ass? Or rather, asses: the dads! Zoe’s and Doug’s dads were horrible, each in their own respective ways. I really disliked them. Reallllly.

I loved the beach scenes in this book, mostly because I love parties at the beach, especially ones at night. Darkness, waves, friends, music, beer = awesome. It definitely made me yearn for the beach.

Forget You is sure to leave an unforgettable notch on my bookshelf. This is only my second Jennifer Echols book, but just like Going Too Far, it had me from the first chapter. And just like Going Too Far, Forget You also got me out of my reading slump. I dare say I see a trend here, one I can appreciate.

Giveaway time! Recently, Jennifer Echols was kind enough to send me a copy of her newest book, LOVE STORY, for review and with it came an autographed copy of Forget You, just for me!! :D So now I want to share my extra copy with you guys. Enter to win FORGET YOU below:

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About Jennifer Echols

Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.

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Jess is a 30 something female living in Texas. Most days you will find her on Twitter, giving her opinion on her latest reads, her latest tv obsessions, movies, and hot dudes. In her free time she loves to watch tv, movies, and of course, read tons of books with hot dudes in them. She also makes time to run this blog. :)

16 Responses to “Review: Forget You by Jennifer Echols”

  1. Jan von Harz

    Sounds interesting and the fact that you felt disoriented while reading it just like the character does seems to speak to Echols desire to have the reader feel what Zoe felt. Good to know that everything is cleared up for both character and reader at the end. Great review!

  2. Ginger @ GReads!

    I am so, so glad you enjoyed this book! I knew you would!!  The sexual tension in this story is INSANE.  How about both of those back seat of the car scenes??!!  Ahhhhhhh.  I wanted to kick Zoey’s dad in the balls – numerous times.

    But the best… DOUUUUUUUUUUUG <3 <3 <3

    P.S. You MUST read Endless Summer next! It's my second favorite of Echols books.  Plus it's during the summer (duh!) on a lake and it's just so, so good.

    • Jess @ Gone with the Words

      OOOOH MYGAWD! Those backseat scenes were HOT!! And I have SERIOUS love for Doug now!!

      I was going to save Endless Summer for my next reading slump, but I might scrap that idea and read it soon. :)

  3. Bookgoonie

    Great review. Thanks for the confusion warning at the beginning. I love smokin’ hot and beaches. Sounds like a win, win.

  4. Cynthia A.

    So glad you loved Forget You, I loooooved Doug, he was great but I did feel a little confused about that whole thing just like you at the beginning. And the dads, grrrrr! Totally agree, they were horrible. 

  5. AliyaPM

    Great review! This book instantly become one of my all time favorites. I’ve read it several times in the past year when I start to miss the characters. Even though I have the mystery solved of what happened that night I still can’t get enough of it. I still can’t go to bed with it half done, I must finished it every time. Jennifer is such a great author! Glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Sarah @ Storybound Girl

    Oh… I should really get around to reading this. Her POV/not knowing what happened sounds like an interesting experience… Plus I saw Ginger going crazy over Doug on Twitter. Haha

  7. Jac

    Jennifer Echols has a way of making me fall in love with reading all over again! I’m glad to hear she has the same effect on someone else :)

  8. Christy @TheReaderBee

    Great review! I really enjoyed this one as well. It was my first Jennifer Echols book!  I had a lot of confusion when reading the book as well, and thought Doug was awesome! I’m told Going Too Far is great as well, I’m looking forward to checking it out!

  9. Chayse Sundt

    I really enjoyed your review. I want to check this book out for myself now.

  10. h_bgordon

    Well I was in the mood for a good old tension filled steamy story and here you pop along and suggest what sounds like the perfect book! Thank you!

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