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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.
|Publication Date:||July 20, 2010|
|Product Length:||5.0 inches|
|Product Width:||0.91 inches|
|Product Height:||6.89 inches|
|Product Weight:||0.45 pounds|
|Package Length:||6.85 inches|
|Package Width:||5.04 inches|
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|Package Weight:||0.44 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 140 reviews|
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46 of 48 found the following review helpful:
Forget You Jul 20, 2010
By Jenny, Wondrous Reads
I've been struggling with this review for a while, and it's all thanks to my mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed parts of it, like the character of Doug and the girl torn between two boys, though I had some problems with Zoey. I just couldn't seem to like her, and I thought the way she treated both Brandon and Doug made next to no sense. She wasn't in any way written badly, in fact that's Echols' extremely strong point: she's a fantastic writer. I just felt that, in this case, Forget You was lacking something.
As I've previously mentioned many times, Echols is a great talent in YA. Going Too Far and The Boys Next Door are both brilliant examples of fiction for teens, and her boys always stand out from the crowd. Forget You's Doug is no exception; I loved him. Echols also isn't afraid to write a steamy scene or two, and when I say steamy, I mean steamy. Page 211 (in the ARC) is like the hottest scene in YA, and just has to be mentioned. I'm not saying I went back and read it a few times or anything... *cough*. Though I know for a fact I'm not the only one!
The one thing that really irked me about Zoey was why she even bothered with Brandon at all. To put it nicely, he was a complete idiot. I get that she couldn't remember the whole night, but surely she could have figured out who was the good guy and who wasn't worth a second thought?! Zoey is my least favourite of Echols' female protagonists, though I did like her more towards the end of the book.
Echols gets teenagers, and she writes them as if her own teenage years are a not-so-distant memory. She gets the drama of relationships and big decisions, and for that reason alone I will read everything she ever writes. Although I don't think Forget You is up there with her best books, Echols has more than proved that she's here for the long haul, and I look forward to whatever she comes up with next.
27 of 27 found the following review helpful:
Forget You by Jennifer Echols Review Jul 19, 2010
By K. Burgess
This was my first Jennifer Echols read and I realize I must have been living under a rock. Forget You was so much fun to read and with such an interesting plot concept I was entertained the whole way through. When Zoey's memory won't come back after a terrible car accident and she's left with only questions, Echols took readers on the journey of discovery with Zoey. I instantly felt sympathetic towards her crisis and situation and couldn't stop turning the pages. I shared her frustration and just had to know what really happened.
As much as I liked Zoey, there were times where I just wanted to shake her because as I was piecing together some of the facts I couldn't believe she wasn't seeing what I was seeing. Echols gave us a love triangle to rival some of the best and I definitely had my favorite front runner. Zoey struggled with more than just a lost memory. She was faced with feelings for more than one guy and didn't have all the facts to help her out either. I was chomping at the bit to find out what really happened to Zoey before the accident, and to find out what would happen between Zoey and Brandon and between Zoey and Doug.
Her plate was definitely full throughout the novel with her dysfunctional family problems, her oh so oblivious friends, her distant boyfriend, her brooding savior and of course her blank in way too many places memory. Zoey was in trouble and readers will be rooting for her from beginning to end and even after the last page is read. After becoming such a quick fan of Echols' writing and personality I can't wait to read more of her work to see what else she's going to be churning out next.
14 of 17 found the following review helpful:
Pure Imagination Reviews Jul 19, 2010
By Lori Lawson
I loved Going Too Far. Loved with a capital L. So when I heard about Forget You, I immediately wanted to read it! So maybe my expectations were too high but although I liked the book, I have a lot of complaints.
Let's start off with the good. Doug. Doug was a incredible character. He was sweet and mysterious and a lot of things that real life boys will never be. I loved every scene that he was in. I may have just a little crush on him..
Now the complaints. There seemed to be these huge leaps of logic in the book. I just couldn't get past them. Zoey is supposedly a smart girl yet she does these amazingly dumb things. It came across as very unrealistic to me. There was one thing in particular that annoyed me throughout the book but I don't want to give anything away. She says one thing in the very beginning of the book and completely contradicts it throughout the rest of the story. Zoey as a whole was all over the place. I never knew what she was going to do next and most of the time her actions made zero sense to me.
Now the overall. I did enjoy the book! Even after I finished it the characters were stuck in my head. I just wasn't as enamored with it as I thought I would be. Maybe I'm judging too harshly because I loved Going Too Far so much. Whatever the reason there were just some things I couldn't get past.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Forget You, and I Forgot How to Write Jul 27, 2012
I'm usually not a super-harsh critic of books that fall in to the cheesy romance variety, but this book was terrible. The main character had absolutely zero depth, and the plotline was completely unclear. The girl is a total bimbo, and has one of the character qualities that annoys me most: she is completely thick. Come on, authors! Give your readers and characters some credit. "Brandon has been ignoring me, seen with another girl, and not texted me back in a bajillion days. I wonder why?" she asks herself. WELCOME TO THE WORLD, SISTER! You are not dating! You never said you were dating! Don't be an IDIOT.
PS-How do she and Doug fall in love? Did I miss EVERYTHING? WTF is going on? I have NO IDEA, because the plot is completely all over the place. I'm angry that I bought this book at all. It was a total waste of time. If you're looking for a similar read, check out Easy, by Tammara Webber or a Rock Star's Girl, by JF Kristin. Both are solidly plotted books with strong female role models as the main characters, and have all the clarity that all of Jennifer Echols's books seem to lack.
6 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Terrible Jul 23, 2011
By R. Aasen
This book was just all around bad. I am usually a fan of YA novels, and the description was promising, but this book was awful. First, the characters have no depth at all. I was never really sucked into the plot and didn't really care what happened to anyone. The main character is supposed to be this really intelligent girl in AP classes, yet makes the dumbest choices through out the whole book. She knows Brandon is a player, sleeps with him anyway, and then considers him a bf throughout the rest of the text, despite the fact that he clearly is ignoring her and cheating on her. Also, she can't remember what happened and instead of just coming out and saying "hey I want to know what happened" she goes through the whole book trying to be some stupid detective to "crack the case." I got to the point where I just felt it wasn't believable anymore.
Secondly, the plot felt very forced and rushed. None of it made sense. Doug hates her, then all of a sudden he loves her? What the hell is that all about? And it takes place in a very short time span, so as a reader, I don't feel like there was enough time to develope any kind of intimate feelings between the two characters.
Thirdly, I felt that the ending wasn't fitting to the story. She finds out what happened between her "boyfriend" Brandon and Doug, and in a normal world, a girl would be pissed about it. But instead she finds this endearing and ends up with Doug anyway? Totally unrealistic and forced. It seemed like the author was trying too hard to make opposites attract but still wanted a big "wow" plot twist.
Her other book Going Too Far was slightly better but I had a lot of the same issues with that book as well. If you want real depth and believable change in characters, go read anything by Sarah Dessen.
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