Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Publisher:  MTV
Published:   July 20th 2010

Paperback, 293 pages
ARC courtesy of: Starbook Tours

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.

The is the first book of Jennifer Echols’ I have read, and I am hooked! She is an amazing author, and has risen to one of my favorites.

Jennifer Echols sucks you in right away with Zoey finding her mother, who had just attempted to commit suicide. Now her mother has been sent to a psychiatric facility (the loony bin). Forced by her own fear and by her father (who has knocked up a much young girl and is off to get re-married) to keep it a secret, she knows that only one other person knows the truth: Doug, the bad boy at school who was sent to Juvie in Junior-High.

Despite all this, Zoey is adamant to remain normal: a swimmer with a bright future. She starts a relationship with a guy that everyone wants, Brandon. The same night she in a car accident. However, she can not remember how the accident happened; the only thing she can remember is Doug, the bad boy, helping her out of the car. Afraid to tell anyone of her amnesia she faces finding the truth about what truly happened alone.

During her search for the truth she finds herself spending more time with Doug than she would like to, and much more time away from Brandon (who hasn’t called since she was in the car accident). Soon Zoey finds herself seeing Doug in a new light, and finding how comfortable she is around him.

Jennifer Echols did an amazing job in developing her characters. I was pissed at some of them (Zoey’s father and Brandon for instance), and overjoyed by some of them. I found myself even getting frustrated with Zoey herself – I kept screaming at her to just tell someone that she couldn’t remember the crash! The relationship between Zoey and Doug was also very enticing. Both constantly fumble and fall but find themselves leaning on each other much more than they want to.

Afraid to give anything away, I recommend everyone to read this. Its a nice break from all the paranormal books that are all the craze right now. Jennifer Echols’ writing is fresh, raw, and quick, full of emotion. I for one am going to be reading the rest of her books now!

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