I just finished reading Forget You by Jennifer Echols for a Galley/Pocket Book Blog Tour.
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.
Okay, this book was just a little off for me. Zoey claims to be such a good girl, but she made some awfully stupid choices. I mean, with everything she went through with her mom, and then her dad being so cruel, I can maybe see how she hooked up with Brandon the first time. But then she goes around saying over and over again about how Brandon was her boyfriend (to the point that I wanted to scream if I read that one more time). And he kept blowing her off. And yet she still didn't get it. And then some of the stuff she did with Doug...she thought she was dating Brandon, so the good girl was bad by cheating. She did some other stupid stuff as well, but I don't want to give it away.
I did, however, love Doug. He seemed like such a good guy. Vulnerable, and sweet, and hot! I felt so bad for him because of the way he was treated by his dad. And Zoey called him controlling and manipulating several times, but I didn't see it that way at all. I saw it as sweet and caring.
Other than the fact that I didn't like Zoey, the book was easy to read. The words flowed well and I was easily absorbed into the story. I'm looking forward to reading Going Too Far, also by Jennifer Echols.
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 94
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 71
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free by Sarah from Galley and Pocket Book Blog Tours for an honest review.