Saturday, July 14, 2012

Review: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Hi all!

I'm on a roll with reviews. Here is another YA book :)



Title: Forget You
Release date: 20th of July 2010
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Imprint: MTV Books
Reading level: FICTION - JUVENILE: YA, Family & Everyday Life
Pages: 292 in Paperback
Source: Bought from The Book Depository

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.

Review:

I liked the plot of the book: pretty teenage girl goes through a car accident and loses the memory of an evening with probably the guy she least expected but who might be the One.
I liked the hero Doug, who was simply a likeable and attractive boy misunderstood, fighting for what he wanted and deserved.
I liked the realistic portrayal of teenagers, especially their sexuality. It felt refreshing to read about a heroine who wasn’t a prude, didn’t have time for or held herself higher than basic man and woman contact – sex. She and Doug felt real.

Unfortunately, apart form the three pros I mentioned, everything else made itself quite difficult to like. The main drawback being most of the characters that somehow made themselves very difficult to root for or even not to want slap them. Hard.

Characters:

Most of the book I went back and forth with being annoyed by Zoey and feeling sorry for her. Next to the wreck and memory loss, she seemed to suffer under minor psychological issues which were mostly I think due to her disastrous family situation. The negative pressure from her parents was just unbearable: her father never really showing any ounce of loving care for her and her mother always insisting that appearance is essential and how others see you. With everything that occurred I’m surprised she seemed to hold herself together, only on the outside of course. She also insisted on beating a dead horse with her “Brandon is my boyfriend” line. It was like an excuse whenever anything good might come out of her relationship with Doug. She seemed really desperate and naive to assume that they were a couple with Brendan after one time together, they didn’t even see each other all that much or not at all. I guess she needed some point of stability with the state her life was in, especially, after the wreck when she was even more lost and without control than before. And that steady point just happened to conveniently be Brendan. For the sake of her sanity and happiness she needs to get away from all the people in her hometown with Doug, far away. It just seems that he is the only one who can heal her, be good for her mental health and make her enjoy life. Nevertheless, there is a small nagging in me that she doesn’t entirely deserve Doug.

Here comes the long rant on Zoey’s parents:

How unfortunate for Zoey to have such parents. Her dad was just inexcusably and unexplainably awful to her and some others. His punishments to her were so unjust and, overall, he treated her like some unpleasant relative that no one likes, who has no redeeming qualities and causes nothing but misfortune with whom, however, you have to put up with to keep up public appearance. He was a totally different person to his mistress though and she received everything as a given that Zoey had to work hard for. Him abandoning Zoey when she needed him the most was unforgivable. The camera issue was revolting too. I don’t care if she was home alone with no supervision, having cameras almost everywhere felt like a real invasion of privacy, even though Zoey is his daughter in his home by herself. He should have invested in some occasional living oversight, not 24/7 surveillance. Zoey’s dad had some serious trust issues with her even though I didn’t conclude anywhere that Zoey had ever done anything to warrant such mistrust, she was a good and well-behaved girl.
Zoey’s mother won’t receive the mother of the year award either, but at least she had some excuse for her behavior.

Doug was a great guy. Even though he had a rough background he never gave up, wanted to achieve something, didn’t care what others though, and he was so in love with Zoey and did everything he thought was in her interest. He was a real hero the way he self-sacrificingly helped Zoey after the wreck with the expense of his own health. I felt sympathy for Doug whenever Zoey pushed him and his care away, sadly, that happened a lot. Also, I didn’t understand why no girl wanted him only because he had been to juvie, he was smart, fun and hot, a mystery to me. I also found his family’s ethnic background an interesting twist.

Overall:

There were things I liked about this book and there were things I didn’t like. It was a good read, the story flowed nicely, several problematic topics were handled very delicately and they didn’t take over the story, the main characters weren’t one-dimensional, etc … if only most of the characters weren’t so irritating!



3 stars!

LIIS

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