Jul 15, 2012

Review: Jennifer Echols - Forget You

Jennifer Echols - Forget You

• Pub Date: July 20, 2010
• Publisher: MTV Books
• Format: Paperback, 292 pages
• Age Range: New Adult

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 received this book from a blog giveaway. Here's my honest review:

I'm not totally sure how I feel about this one. It was pretty sexy for a YA novel, so it's an upper YA for sure. (I've now categorized it as New Adult, like some other people are calling it.) And it deals with some parent issues, wondering very openly and negatively if his son is gay, and it was pretty offensive to me. I didn't like that at all. Plus, I also didn't ever really, truly like the main character. I kind of wanted to hit her sometimes. Grrr..

If I look past the gay insults and the fact that the MC always insisted that this dude was her boyfriend when he TOTALLY wasn't, I was irritated with the fact that she wouldn't just find out what the eff happened to her! How do you put it off like that or get distracted to easily about other topics? Basically I was mad the entire time I read this book, but it didn't stop me from wanting an HEA at the end. Which, even then.. I don't know if I was happy about it or not. Guh.

Zoey wasn't very smart. Sure, she lost her memory and her mom went nuts and her dad is a totally A-hole. But come on. You should probably want to get to the bottom of what happened when your memory failed you, and you shouldn't let a guy treat you like that or even want to get with a guy when you know exactly how he treats and thinks about girls!! Zoey, you need that psychologist. Bad. Goodness. And new friends. They're really annoying. But I'll try something else by this author. 

Bottom line: It's an addicting story with a lot of irritating elements. Try it.


3.5 / 5 book sharks


  1. I just bought Going Too Far by this author the other day, since I've heard great things about her books, and it was on sale for Nook. This one sounds kinda frustrating - when the MC acts like that, it's hard to get totally into the book and get on board. But I'm glad to hear that you still enjoyed it, Mickey!

  2. I think I have to read Echols other books before I read Such a Rush, but I don't know about this one. Most of the YA contemporaries I've read recently have had such unlikeable character, I don't think I can stand another one. Oh well, I'll try it anyway. :)

  3. I wasn't the biggest fan of Zoey. She was quite naive and annoying when she kept insisting that Brandon was her boyfriend when he clearly wasn't. I absolutely loved Doug, he was so patient and kind. Yes he kept secrets from Zoey but those needed to be figured out by Zoey alone. I loved Forget You and now I'm just needing to read Going Too Far and Such a Rush.


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