Sunday, July 14, 2013

Forget You: A Book Review

I chose this book because I had just finished The Hunger Games trilogy and My Sister’s Keeper, and I wanted a book that was a lighter subject (which I associate with chick lit/romance) and fun for summertime.  Thus I ended up looking through my “To-Be Read” stack and chose Forget You.  I surprisingly really enjoyed this book; sometimes romance, although it can be a nice change of pace after a book like My Sister’s Keeper, can sometimes be a little too over the top for my personal preference.  However, this book was a little bit of a mystery due to the memory loss aspect and overall the entertaining, light read for which I was hoping!

Title: Forget You
Author: Jennifer Echols
Genre: Romantic Fiction
Publisher: MTV Books
Publication Date: July 20, 2010
Pages: 292
Out in Paperback?: Yes; July 20, 2010
My Rating: 4.5/5


Goodreads Summary:


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.

Zoey’s characteristics definitely reminded me of myself in some aspects.  Her strives for perfection in both her appearance and school, which is her main focus as well as her job at her father’s business (Zoey even talks, at one point, about her chipped nail polish bugging her and her need to fix this – that’s definitely me).  Her character was sweet, making her fairly likeable, but at times naïve, especially when it came to her popular, football player boyfriend, Brandon.  Doug, a member of Zoey’s swim team who has also gone to juvie in the past, really grows on you throughout the story; however, even in the beginning, you know that those around him misunderstand his personality.  His characteristics add an element of tension, humor, and kindness to the story, and you will kind of fall in love with him by the end.  :)

I thoroughly enjoyed about the first 2/3 of this book and buzzed right through it, not wanting to put it down.  Although the plot is fairly predictable, it was still enjoyable to read about the interactions between Zoey, Brandon, and Doug.  The first 2/3 of this book was filled with the wreck, conversations with Doug (which were always cute and sweet in their own way), and the mystery of what happened before Zoey’s car accident.  However, during the last third of the book, I really slowed down reading.  The action and romance in the plot seemed to slow as well and seemed to drag out a bit.  Overall, it was a cute book, a light read, and I would recommend it for summertime, beach reading!

Writing Style:
This is the first book I have read by Jennifer Echols, and after this book, I am looking forward to checking out more of her books!  Her writing style was more casual than some of the current books I have been reading.  I guess it depends on what book I am in the mood for, whether or not I enjoy the more laid back writing.  In this book, I did because of the plot and the content.  Despite the car crash and the memory loss, I considered this book a “beach read” because it takes place in Florida (extremely jealous…) and there are many parties on the beach throughout the story (I have always loved the beach and the ocean)!

Have you read this book?  What other books by Jennifer Echols have you read?  Any you would recommend?

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