Sunday, July 25, 2010

Forgert You by Jennifer Echols

Title- Forget You
Author- Jennifer Echols
Publication Date: July 20, 2010
Paperback: 304 pages
Genre: Fiction, YA

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. With her life 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.

Published by MTV Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

My Thoughts:

I have never been one to read YA novels, even as teen I opted for the classics of the historicals, so reading a contemporary YA novel was a bit of a change. Although I tried my best I found that I did not enjoy the plot (yes it was likable but nothing to rave about) , at times I felt as though the dialogue rambled a bit, then again I had to remind myself I was reading a book based on the perspective of a 16 year old. While it’s aimed at teen readers, I felt as though some of the language and content was above what was appropriate for teens. This book should be 17 and up.

Sure the characters were likable, one or two could even be called lovable, and yes some were even emotional layered (once you could past the grumbling), but I felt that the majority of them were one-sided and fell flat. I did see character growth, but it was a little to late in the story, and I felt as if the story was stretched to far. It was an easy read but I had to force myself to finish it.

No comments: