by: Jennifer Echols
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.
It is not very often that I read a book that hits as closely to home as “Forget You” has in my life. I would say that it was quite possible that Echols had stumbled across old diaries that I had kept and used them as an outline for the story and main character…but, I didn’t keep a diary. No, it is by sheer coincidence and the author’s ability to relate to young adults that this book is so realistic and entirely familiar.
Echols pulls readers into her story with intensely character driven plots. Any person who has been a child of divorced parents whose marriages have ended due to infidelity can relate to the heartbreak and legitimate domestic drama that is displayed in the first chapter. I literally caught myself silently weeping at the honest depiction of a broken home and its effects on all that live within it’s walls. What is more, is the author hits the nail on the head with the subconscious “acting out” that a teenage daughter may do as a result of the ordeal and the selfishness of the parental units that made the poor choices that led to the dysfunction in the first place.
Aside from divorce and infidelity issues, Forget You visits other main concerns that teens and even adults deal with. Suicide, depression, drinking, drug use, sex, secrets, bad parenting, getting into a good school and discovering one’s true value are all threads woven into the story’s tapestry, and the final result is honest beauty that conjures up raw emotions. Echols is unafraid to address issues and as a result has written a touching love story that is rooted in truthful scenarios and believable character reactions. It is a book that will consume its readers from the very first paragraph.
*This book contains some graphic descriptions that are of a mature nature. More suitable for readers 16 &up*
Special thanks to Jennifer Echols for providing PBD with her wonderful book.
Published by MTV Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. ISBN-10: 1439178232; ISBN-13: 978-1439178232.