By Jennifer Echols
Paperback, 292 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by MTV Books
(first published June 30th 2010)
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.
Forget you By Jennifer Echols is really hard for me to review. I am torn with this book. I REALLY liked the book, I liked the idea, the writing style, and I liked SOME of the characters, but for the most part some of the characters just down right aggravated me. If Zoey wouldn't have been such a Smart girl but so dumb at the same time, I would have REALLY liked this book.
So it starts with us finding out that Zoey's dad has knocked up his 24 year old Girlfriend Ashley, Crazy right? Then Zoey's mom has this major breakdown/meltdown whichever you want to call it, and her dad sends her mom, to what he calls a looney bin. Real nice guy right? Well Zoey gets in a wreck and can't remember anything from the night of the accident. All she knows is her dad is even more of a douche, since she got in a wreck before he's supposed to go on vacation to Hawaii to marry his 24 year old preggo fiance (Like I said really great guy, ha!) and her relationship with Doug has become weird, because they are actually getting along and he is totally touching her! Too bad for Zoey she really doesn't remember whats going on because Doug is this total babe, yet she is still dating Brandon, right? Anyways, Zoey acts like she remembers everything from the night before so people don't think shes "messed up" or "damaged goods" and hopefully people will fill in the blanks for her, but that definitely doesn't happen.
Now Characters: I really liked Doug but his moods changed more often than a 15 year old girl. I understand he has some emotional baggage and life is tough for him, but seriously dude get your moods in check. Can't get the girl you want when one minute your totally sweet and the next just some rude ass, you givin' me whiplash Doug!
Keke and Lila her supposed best friends were super annoying, I wouldn't ever want friends like them. No matter how desperate I was, I would eat lunch in the bathroom by myself everyday before I was friends with them.
Brandon, Well what can I say about Brandon without giving any spoilers? Umm nothing really, but he did make it REALLY easy to hate him!
Finally Zoey: OMG this girl is so smart. Yet So DUMB seriously I wanted to slap her a time or two. I swear this line made me want to pull my hair out every time I heard it "But Brandon is my boyfriend" Seriously where was your boyfriend after you got in a wreck? He hadn't texted you in almost a week. Why aren't the red flags going off in your head? I swear if I heard that Brandon was her boyfriend one more time, I was going to jump in the book and hit her over the head with a coconut, Hey it works in Gilligan's Island... (Totally stole that line from the book), maybe that would knock some sense in her.
While I disliked the characters, I still REALLY enjoyed this story. I loved watching Zoey put the pieces together and all the while watch her grow up from these experiences. It might have taken her a while, but the girl got some sense by the end of the book!