Thursday, August 4, 2011

Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Forget You
by Jennifer Echols
Summary from Goodreads:

"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."


I am liking how Jennifer Echols writes her books. With her characters, she doesn’t just focus on the positive and negative traits of the protagonists. She gives the same view for its partner. For example, in this book, Zoey has the perfectionist persona and yet has the tendency to be blind and crazy. Doug, is the ever caring, sweet and HOT guy but has temper and over-controlling issues. It goes to show that there really is good and bad in everyone. Very nice! 

May I also just say that this is one STEAMY read! It may not be one of those books that parents would want their teenagers to be reading, but this is honestly reality. And as much as some would say this is rather disturbing book with all the sexuality in it, some kids are actually more aware of these things than parents think their kids’ know. 

Anyway, I really enjoyed reading this book. Setting aside the intimacy of it, Forget You has a very good story and it’s very much close to real life. I wish I had read this when I was still a teen because it has taught me a lot of things that could’ve helped me prevent making my mistakes in the past. What am I talking about, you might ask? Well, I’m talking about: (1) Jumping on making a decision then and there when you’re vulnerable, (2) Thinking that I was alone on a problem when there actually was someone in it with me, (3) Thinking that I could solve and handle what’s in front of me on my own when I could’ve asked for help, (4) That I could always talk and open up to my friends or someone close to me in spite of the fear of being judged, ‘coz real friends wouldn’t let you down at your worst. 

Those are the only few ones I could relate with and who knows how well the other lessons in this book could help others who have had things worse than me. So I do strongly recommend Forget You. It’s a light read but heavy on principles. Read it!

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