Date Released: July 20, 2010
Published by: MTV Books
Age: Young Adult
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.
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Wow. Please tell me where Jennifer Echols rounded up the courage she needed to make this book realistically fabulous! Let others take from her example and see that it is okay to make a book realistic to today's young adults.
Jennifer Echols has the ability to bring books to life in a way many others struggle to do. She did this with Going too Far and has done it again with Forget you. Her characters were complex, consistent, all the while deep. Her two main characters, no matter what their initial resistance, were truly two of the same. Zoey and Doug's main difference was their different anatomy, which yes they both explore.
Other underlying issues are considered and addressed in this book... depression, the need to keep up, cheaters, peer pressure, trust and friendship, as well as sex. A common theme used were the distributed condoms, which I loved that Jennifer was able to give off the cool impression of someone passing them around. If kids are going to do it, why not make using a condom cool and okay to admit.
The relationships in the book were well formed, as was the plot. At no time did I ever clearly guess what was going to happen. I liked to think I did, but when it came down to it Zoey, along with Brandon, Doug and every other character, were realistically scatterbrained keeping me on the edge of my seat. Oh, and did I mention I may have randomly felt like the need for a 'team [insert hot guy's name here]' shirt?
Read in one sitting all I can say is this book is Hot and Fabulous, that's all there is to it.