Book Review | Forget You
Title: Forget You
Author: Jennifer Echols
On the outside, Zoey has a teenage life worth envying. She’s captain of her high school swim team and qualifies to compete in the state competition, she has her own vehicle, an active social life filled with parties, and her best guy friend Brandon is a gorgeous star football player. But Zoey doesn’t want everyone to know that her seemingly perfect life is falling apart and that there’s nothing she can do to stop it. Her father has impregnated his 24-year-old girlfriend and her brilliant lawyer mother has just been sent to the loony bin. In a desperate act to gain some control over her circumstances, Zoey seduces Brandon at a beach party in the back of her VW Bug.
Then the car crash happens, and Zoey is unable to remember anything that happened to her the night before. Suddenly bad boy Doug Fox, who has seemingly hated Zoey since the 9th grade, is acting like her boyfriend. Zoey knows something passed between her and Doug, and is determined to use Doug to find out what exactly happened the night of the crash when he pulled her out of her totaled car. The more time that Zoey spends with Doug trying to figure things out the more blurred she becomes over who she really wants as her boyfriend: Brandon or Doug.
Forget You by Jennifer Echols was nothing like what I had expected. The premise of a girl who loses her memory in a car crash and is faced with deciphering her feelings for two handsome high school athletes intrigued me. But instead of the innocent cute story of first loves and heartbreak that I imagined, the focus was more on teenage sex. Zoey is, in my opinion, slightly vain and only concerned about how her peers perceive her. I also felt she was incredibly naive in regards to Brandon. Having listened to him talk about his various conquests over the summer, it shouldn’t have come as any big surprise that Brandon paid her little to no attention after their hook up on the beach. It takes almost the entire 292 pages for Zoey to finally understand that Brandon’s intentions towards her were never the great romance she had convinced herself she wanted from him.
Doug was also a bit of a disappointment for me. Though Doug only wanted the best for Zoey, he came across as a bit controlling and at times dishonest. In his defense, I felt he was the most well developed character of the entire novel; Zoey and the supporting cast of characters fell flat and only served to flesh out a more realistic teenage existence for Zoey.
Forget You is probably better suited to readers that are closer in age to Zoey and her friends. Young girls with embarrassing parent scandals and boyfriend troubles might take comfort in reading Zoey’s story and might even learn something from Forget You that will help them deal with their own self image dilemmas and relationship concerns.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*