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.
Zoey's life seems to be a spiral that only goes down. Her parents are divorced. Her dad knocked up his twenty four year old girlfriend. Her mom has a nervous breakdown. And then Zoey has a car accident that makes her forget everything from the night before and from the way certain people are acting she really should remember what happened that night.
I have not devoured a book as quickly as I have this one in a long time. There was something about Zoey's story, the way it was written that had me hooked so completely that I had to read it all in a day. Zoey wants everything to go perfect, be the one in control of everything. I really loved Zoey. She felt real, imperfect, honestly portrayed. Some authors can write good teenage characters that lack a little something, but Jennifer Echols always writes them to the tee. She nails and pin points every little detail and thoughts so perfectly.
Doug Fox. Holy cow. Just when I think I can't possibly have another guy from a book to crush on Doug Fox just saunters in with his tall body, dark hair and sarcastic wit. He was so imperfectly perfect I could just smother him with hugs. I don't even know if I can really tell you why I love Doug. He was so sweet and annoying and caring and then completely frustrating again. He and Zoey are a new favorite. The dynamic between these two is just...wow.
There was one thing about Zoey that did bother me. And that thing happened to be a douche bag named Brandon. Granted, Zoey knew all about his sleeping around but I still wanted to throttle her. She held onto the fact that they were together despite never actually being together because Brandon always pushed her aside. It frustrated the hell out of me.
Jennifer Echols does not hold back. She writes about things some authors hold back on. I love that she doesn't hold back. That she makes everything as real as possible. Tackles topics others only hint at. Crafting a story with family drama, friend drama, every day normal drama and portraying it all so accurate.
Forget You is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me! I finished this book in a day and would recommend everyone read it. I have read a few books by Jennifer Echols now and I can't believe it took me this long to read Forget You. It most definitely is my favorite of hers. I can't wait to read more from her.