Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Review: Forget You by Jennifer Echols


Publisher: MTV Books
Format: Paperback
Released: July 20th, 2010
Grade rating: B


Amazon 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.

Review:

I've been struggling with this review for a while, and it's all thanks to my mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed parts of it, like the character of Doug and the girl torn between two boys, though I had some problems with Zoey. I just couldn't seem to like her, and I thought the way she treated both Brandon and Doug made next to no sense. She wasn't in any way written badly, in fact that's Echols' extremely strong point: she's a fantastic writer. I just felt that, in this case, Forget You was lacking something.

As I've previously mentioned many times, Echols is a great talent in YA. Going Too Far and The Boys Next Door are both brilliant examples of fiction for teens, and her boys always stand out from the crowd. Forget You's Doug is no exception; I loved him. Echols also isn't afraid to write a steamy scene or two, and when I say steamy, I mean steamy. Page 211 (in the ARC) is like the hottest scene in YA, and just has to be mentioned. I'm not saying I went back and read it a few times or anything... *cough*. Though I know for a fact I'm not the only one!

The one thing that really irked me about Zoey was why she even bothered with Brandon at all. To put it nicely, he was a complete idiot. I get that she couldn't remember the whole night, but surely she could have figured out who was the good guy and who wasn't worth a second thought?! Zoey is my least favourite of Echols' female protagonists, though I did like her more towards the end of the book.

Echols gets teenagers, and she writes them as if her own teenage years are a not-so-distant memory. She gets the drama of relationships and big decisions, and for that reason alone I will read everything she ever writes. Although I don't think Forget You is up there with her best books, Echols has more than proved that she's here for the long haul, and I look forward to whatever she comes up with next.

17 comments:

Nomes (inkcrush) said...

Nice review. I love echols, and even though some parts of endless summer made no sense to me (especially charcter choices in book two) there's no doubt she writes addictive books and some of the hottest scenes around :)

Looking forward to this one.

Fracky said...

I'm curious about this one. From Echols I only have read Going Too Far and I loved!!
hot scene? ok, alright, I def have to read Forget You! LOL

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

I haven't read Echols before, although I want to try out some realistic YA fiction at the mo (and get out of only reading Paranormal), so maybe this is an author for me to check out.

Yeah, OK - I just want to read the steamy scene! :D

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Thanks for the honest and nicely balanced review! I can't wait to read this book myself! :D

Sunhi said...

Oh, man. That sounded so good and I hadn't read Echols before, so I was going to make it my intro to her. I think I still will, but if I don't care for it, I'll give something else a try.

Book Monster said...

Sad to hear you didn't enjoy this one. But it's interesting to know the author is very connected with Teenagers. Great Review XD

Faye said...

i know Brandon is a...(insert curse word here)
I'm reading it now... It's good. I LOVED Going Too Far. Jennifer is a risky author.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really have to read some her books because I love the sound of this.

Lori said...

I agree with you 100%! I loved Doug, but Zoey's actions throughout the book made no sense! It really annoyed me, but I still thought the book was okay. Nice to know I'm not the only one!
Great review!

Bee said...

This was such a balanced review, I loved it. And I still wanna read Forget You.

Becky said...

Intriguing... you are he first person who has had something not so glowing to say about this. Hmmmm... I like your depth of reading Jenny. I need to read something by this author. I need to win the lotto LOL

Sarah said...

Couldn't agree more about Brandon! It drove me insane because he was so obviously a dud.

Carla said...

You so know what I am going to say don't you?? so, I'll leave it at that.

Carla said...

Oh Crap, what the hell....

PAGE 211 BABY, PAGE 2 HUNDRED AND FRICKIN 11

There, I said it. You happy now?

p.s how hot is page 211?? *wink wink, nudge nudge*

The Book Owl said...

Nice review. I haven't read anything by Echols yet, though I have a couple lying around. Now that you've mentioned 211, I'm definitely going to have to pick this up. ;]

YA Vampire Books said...

Great review! I'm really looking forward to reading this book. I hope I'll like Zoey better than you did! ;)

jane gallagher said...

great review - yours is one of the first i've come across that's not in a state of euphoria over this book. i liked it okay myself but completely agree with your assessment of zoey. it was hard to get too invested in her story because so many of her choices made no logical sense. you can only chalk so much up to "suicidal mother" and amnesia. at the end of the day she's still supposed to be a rational person and the whole brandon obsession was just...bizarre and irritating.