Saturday, 24 September 2011

Forget You - Jennifer Echols

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.

The writing in this book has been written brilliantly. It flows so nicely and the plot idea is really thought out.

There is so much going on in Zoey's life and I was really impressed with the character about how she kept it all together. I also could see why she kept it from her friends regarding what happened with her mum and how she couldn't remember anything. She is a very intelligent character, who also has high emotional intelligence and understands what can happen in her small town when people find things out. 

However there were a few things that irritated me about this book. For starters I hated the dad. Like really wish he would just vanish with the girlfriend and never come back. I mean, he was annoyed that he might have to cancel his honeymoon with his young pregnant girlfriend because his daughter was in a massive car accident! I really just wanted to walk up and slap the guy!

The plot twists went well and there were some I worked out but there were slight additions I hadn't thought of like I realised who was in who's car, but not why. The author really thought about Why people did things  not just deciding they would do them because she wanted them to be like that. 

However...saying seemed that at the beginning Zoey was a nice innocent girl who wanted boys to be interested but she was all sweet and quiet. Then she goes "Parking" with one boy, and it appears instantly that she is now always "parking" and is just not herself any more. I'm not sure whether the author was trying to show that the trauma can change her, or if that is how she believes teens to be that once they've had sex they will just jump around. 

While discussing the sex, I felt like Zoey followed around Brendan like a lost puppy after sleeping with him, and at first thought she was a bit pathetic and wimpy...but after rethinking I'm sure all of us have done it or known someone to follow blindly after a boy!

All in all it was a good book...Lots of people have raved about Jennifer Echols and currently, if I'm honest, I cannot see it...It was really good and fast paced but some bits were a bit off. I will defiantly try another of her books, so hopefully that will go better!

1 comment:

  1. brilliant review hun! I cant wait to read it and see if I feel the same way... I hope her others are better for you!