Came out: July 20, 2010
Source: Kindle eBook
Age group: Young Adult
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.
I must admit that I was extremely disappointed. I loved Endless Summer and was looking forward to it, but I didn’t feel connected to this book at all.
I did not like the protagonist, Zoey. Sure, I felt bad for her, but I didn’t connect to her and I thought that her decisions were rather stupid. Her romance with Doug was extremely unbelievable. They go from hating each other one day to being passionately in love the next.
I have read Going Too Far and I really liked that, and I’m looking forward to Love Story, but Forget You is currently ranked up there with books I don’t want to read again.
The amnesia bit felt a bit forced. The synopsis made it sound like it would be the center point of the book but it actually wasn’t that big of a main element.
However, I have heard of many people who loved this book, I was just not one of them. Jennifer Echols’ writing remains as beautiful as always.
I didn’t like this book.
Recommended for people who like: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac; Going Too Far; etc,.
Possible book club questions:
Why do you think Doug loves her now?
Why would her dad do the things he did?
Describe Zoey’s relationship with her mother. How is it unusual?