Author: Jennifer Echols
Series: no, standalone
Type/Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: MTV Books
Date Published: July 20, 2010
My Rating: *****
Goodreads Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: After I read Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols, I had to check out her other books. I loved Forget You. I think this is one of my favorite books for 2013.
- I like the type of story where two people feel attracted to each other, but for some missed opportunity, it doesn’t happen. They don’t stop thinking about the other person though. Then, on down the road, they meet again and get a second chance. This type of story always draws me in.
- I like Echols’ writing style also. It just flows and before you know it you’re already through the book, which can be a bummer.
- I can relate to Zoey’s need to hold everything together and keeping everything that is going wrong to yourself. Sometimes I worry what other people think too much and it’s a struggle trying to overcome that.
- Doug was my favorite character. He was so sweet and protective of Zoey. No matter how she treated him he was always there for her.
About the Author:
Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.
A Few of the Author’s Other Books:
- Going Too Far
- Playing Dirty (on my Kindle waiting to be read)
- Love Story
- The Boys Next Door series (already checked out from the library, just need to get time to read them)
Would I Recommend This Book? Yes