Monday, July 26, 2010

Review: Forget You by Jennifer Echols


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.

When I first read all the rave reviews of Echols' Going Too Far, I was psyched to read it. I love a good YA contemporary romance and am always looking for new authors. Although I liked Going Too Far, I didn't love it, and I certainly didn't think it lived up to all the hype. However, I did enjoy it and was hoping I 'd LOVE Forget You. Alas, I liked this one much less than Going Too Far.

Why? Simple, Zoey. The main character. I, frankly, could not stand her. On one hand I really felt sorry for her. She has this horrible father. I mean BAD. Then her mother tries to kill herself and is admitted to the loony bin. And her horrible father threatens her, demanding she tell no one about the incident, including her two best friends. He then makes Zoey feel like she can't say or do certain things for fear people will also think she's crazy, like her mother.

She's having a helluva tough time. Right after her mom's incident her Dad and his new girlfriend head out to Hawaii to get married leaving the seventeen year-old Zoey alone. Sigh. Talk about bad parenting. So, I feel for her. I really do. However, the night her mother attempts suicide. Zoey does something drastic and out of character (which is understandable considering the ordeal she's been through) by losing her virginity to Brandon, her man-whore, player of a friend. Maybe not the best decision ever but ya know we all make mistakes, we do stupid things when we're hurting or in pain. That's not what bothered me.

What bothered me was for the entire rest of the novel she referred to Brandon as her boyfriend and somehow equated this one time incident as a relationship. I'm sorry honey but a one time hook-up does not a boyfriend make.

I can somewhat understand her motivation behind this. She's in this uncontrollable situation and keeping up appearances has always been part of who Zoey is. Brandon is the football captain and having him as her boyfriend would, in her mind, help keep the appearance of a normal life.

I can't express how obnoxious and annoying I found it every time Zoey said something to the effect of Brandon being her boyfriend. I felt so bad for Doug, because you know he felt just as frustrated with this ridiculous notion. I loved the scene where he suggested she get a card that she could whip out every-time she was going to use the " Brandon Boyfriend Excuse"(BBE), as I've been referring to it in my mind.

Doug. He was the books saving grace for me. I loved him. The bad boy rep but really he's a nice guy. I really wanted to smack Zoey upside the head every freaking time she used the BBE with Doug. Bitch, he's not your boyfriend, grow a brain! Gah!

Despite my complete annoyance with Zoey I have to say that Echols can really write one helluva love scene. She manages to make it hot and sexy and completely believable between two teens. I also loved that she doesn't shy away from generally tabooed topics such a masturbation. The incident is brief but I cheered when I read it. I remember my first time reading about *gasp* masturbation when I read Judy Blume's Deenie and I like to see authors tackling such subjects!

Overall, I was just so annoyed with Zoey's insistence that Brandon was her boyfriend that I could NOT find enough empathy to move beyond it. And not even Doug could get me past it. But never fear readers, I seem to be in the minority in my thinking. If you can get past Zoey's bonehead assumptions you'll probably enjoy it. However, I couldn't and it really impeded my enjoyment of the novel.


Other reviews:
Confessions of a Bookaholic
Lurv a la Mode
The Book Smugglers
The Story Siren

Disclosure: I received this copy from the publisher. I did not receive any compensation for this review.


  1. I've heard of this one before... I also heard it was totally awesome. It stinks you didn't like it. But you have totally legitimate reasons. All that stuff would totally drive me nuts. This just might be coming right off my list.

  2. I've heard so many mixed reviews on this one.

  3. Thank you for participating in CEP!

    Thank you for your honest review. That has happened to me before where I couldn't get past annoying characters. This is my first time on your blog, and I love it! Following now! :)

  4. I'm reading this one right now. I like it so far, but I do see where you're coming from. Haha I like that-the BBE. Thanks for the honest review.

    Btw here from the CEP :D

    Oh and I'm definitely a new follower, your blog looks very "yummy" hehe ;)

  5. So far every review I've read agrees that this one wasn't as good as GOING TOO FAR for similar reasons. I'm kinda bummed because I'm pretty sure I'll feel the same way. Oh well. (what is CEP?)

  6. Yeah, sometimes, when the heroine gets on your nerve, it can affect the whole book :(

    Question though, did Brandon consider her as his gf?

    I love bad boys who really are nice boys LOL.

    Ames has been wanting to read this book, but I think I'm going to pick up Gone Too Far first :P

  7. Meg, you still might enjoy it. I just couldn't get past Zoey.

    Kelly, most of the reviews I saw were fairly positive. I thought I was in the minority.

    Jami, thanks for stopping by! (I'm following you to!)

    Sara, I hope you enjoy it more than I did! I really wanted to like it...I did, I swear. :(

    Janicu, you never know, you may be more forgiving of Zoey than I was! CEP is Jami, YA Addict's, Comment Exchange Program its kind of like a Blog Hop or the Following Friday deal. Great way to find some new blogs!

    Nath, no Brandon did not consider her his gf. He avoided her practically the whole rest of the novel. I'd definitely give Going Too Far a try, I didn't LOVE that one either but I liked it. It was definitely better than Forget You. I'll be interested to see what Ames thinks!

  8. Very nice review. I love an honest, justified review! I was considering this one but your description of what bothered you sounds like it would bother me too, so I think I'll be waiting for this one to come to the library.

  9. Thanks to your review, I am going to wait a little longer before trying this one out. Your review was so honest and I think I would be annoyed by the same things. Great post.

  10. Ugh, Zoey totally ruined this book for me. Her complete and utter stupidity through out the book made my blood pressure rise to unhealthy levels. LOL.

    It was the BBE that drove me bat shit crazy too. That and Brandon himself, he is the worst best friend EVER!

  11. Wena, Kinda glad to hear I'm not the only one! :)

    Firepages, thanks for stopping by again. I'd def hold off on this one.

    Kelli, Getting it from the library is a good compromise!

  12. I'm reading this one soon! I'll see how it is...

    P.S., you won an award on my blog. You can read that post @

  13. I finished reading Going Too Far during the week-end and it was okay. I guess I know why you didn't LOVE it :P

  14. Reading this one right now and Zoey is not my favourite although I do like Doug a lot. The whole Brandon boyfriend this is annoying, I agree.


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