Review: Forget You by 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.
Usually, I’m not interested in the realistic-probably cliché-drama romance novels. They aren’t something that I generally get into, but this book swept me away. The cover, for starters, is awe-worthy. It makes you feel jealous of the two people who obviously share a special bond.
Zoey has a lot of issues going on in her life, which explains her secretiveness and lies. She’s naïve, but she is responsible, which balances out that flaw. Doug is controlling, be he’s there for Zoey. Brandon is nice, but he’s a player. He’s also clueless. The cast of characters are a mix of all the personalities in high school thrown together in a web of secrets, misunderstandings and memories that take you on a wonderful ride of twists and turns.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. While Zoey has no recollection of what happened before the accident, I always desperately wanted the details. It was obvious something had happened between Doug and Zoey because they share a chemistry that easily broke through the infatuation between Brandon and her. There were parts in the book where I ‘awed’ out loud because the things Doug said were just super sweet.
Echols proves that not all teen dramas have to be cliché and exaggerated. Her writing pulls you into the life of Zoey, a girl I cannot believe isn’t real! If you have steered clear of dramas before, I can promise that Echols can change your mind! A wonderful read!
Rating: 4 / 5 Hearts