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Friday, August 6, 2010

Book Review: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: MTV Books
Pages: 304
Source: Received from author for honest review

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: Forget You was an actual, intense and memorable novel. Jennifer Echols took the subject of love and spun it into a web of drama and undeniable chemistry. Zoey, the female protagonist, was a strong, down to earth character. At times, a bit naive yet unique in her own way. I automatically sympathized with her pain of having a mother on the verge on insanity and a father who was a mean, selfish jerk. I felt like her decision to go "parking" with her so called best friend, Brandon was caused by her hidden pain. Mentally, she just needed someone to truly care about her. Luckily for her and me, after her accident, Doug made a stronger appearance in her life. At first, Doug was portrayed like this cold, heartless person, when in reality he was hysterically entertaining and a sweetheart. She wanted nothing more than to get away from him. But, his determination and constant support creeped into her everyday routine.

Their were moments in this book where it felt like an emotional roller coaster. The physicality was raw and relatable. Zoey's sense of longing and bad judgment on what's really good for her was apparent. Besides, the perfectly developed characters, Jennifer created a plot that was full of real-life situations. I must warn my young readers that the author didn't shy away from presenting moments of sex, masturbation and drinking. Personally, I respected the fact that this YA novel expressed practical incidents. It does happen every day amongst some teens and young adults. I admired Jennifer's tasteful way of pushing the envelope with her characters and can't wait to see what other projects she comes out with. Overall, a great book, with an ending that will warm your heart. I know some people don't like seeing sex in YA but, I recommend you look passed that and into a well-written story. :)

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Author's Info:

Jennifer Echols is the author of several Romantic Comedies, as well as many other young adult novels. She currently lives in Birmingham.

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Other books by Jennifer:
Going Too Far
The Boys Next Door
Major Crush
The Ex Games
Endless Summer


Jena said...

Great review, I defiantly want to read this one! And I like the "sex and drinking" in books things. It's real and it's happening nowadays.

Savannah said...

Great review. I really connected with this book growing up the way Zoey did. I absolutley dislike the father. But such a great read!!

Anonymous said...

Great review - I think I might have to move this one up on my TBR list. I think it's kind of funny that people get riled up about sex in YA books. You're somehow not supposed to talk about when it happens all the time in the real world. You might as well get a conversation going about it.

yokeMun said...

there are so many good reviews on this book..
i'm definitely gonna be getting this book!!
hopefully i can get them in my country soon...=)
thanks for the review...

Lisa_Gibson said...

Interesting review! I've now heard one good and one not so good review of this book. I need to check it for myself and see what I think. :) Thanks for the great review.
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Bere said...

Wonderful review, Eleni! I've seen this book around a lot, but this is the first review I read of it. Sounds fantastic and I've just added it to my list. Can't wait till I read it. Thanks Eleni! =)

Emily said...

I've been looking to read more real life fiction books and I hadn't heard much about this one yet. Thanks for the review - I'll be adding it to my wishlist :)

Janelle said...

This must be a great book! It's been sold out near me for a little while now!

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