>Review: Forget You by: Jennifer Echols


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. 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*

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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.

10 responses to “>Review: Forget You by: Jennifer Echols

  1. >I am a long way from my teen years & some things were different back then but the core of the story was not. Zoey broke my heart as she tried to maintain control yet instead began to unravel. It was a sobering experience. Kudos to Ms. Echols for writing such an honest story.

  2. >Great review!I'm so want to read the book but cant find it any at local bookstore =(

  3. >I didn't know this book but this review makes me wanna read it! thank youuu 🙂

  4. >Thanks everyone!It was a really good book and like I said it struck home for me…right down to the make and model of the heroine's car;)If you cannot find it at a local store I STRONGLY suggest that you ask your local B&N or big bookstore to special order it, or do it through an online book seller. I recentlty wrote an article about my search for the all-consuming summer read, and Forget You would definitely be on my list if I'd written the piece after reading Echols book. I stayed up till wee-hours of the morning to finish it.

  5. >This sounds like a must-read! One more for the TBR pile…

  6. >I read this book a few weeks ago. It was the first time I read anything from Jennifer Echols and now want to read everything she has written. Great review. kittycrochettwo.blogspot.com

  7. >I've never read this author but I've been hearing a LOT about her for awhile now. Her writing seems to hit close to home for a lot of people.

  8. >Hi, I had some down time this summer and was looking for a good read when I stumbled upon this review. I was excited about a book that wasn't paranormal. I can get into paranormal YA fiction, but I just needed a break. This sounded like issue driven good stuff. However, I was very underwhelmed by this book (or whelmed, as Frankie Landeau-Banks would say). I was not expecting the novel to be as graphic as it was. Echols could have chosen to leave a lot of the down and dirty details out. Perhaps a warning next time would be helpful for the moms looking for reads for their teens. Thanks

  9. >Thank you Clarissa, you are absolutely right! I should have added that I read this on my own (as a 30 something) and would not suggest it for girls (teens) under the age of 16.I'm sorry it wasn't for you. Like I mentioned though, it struck home for me personally-partially because at that age I went through a lot of what the character did in the book (car accident, divorce, parental breakdown, etc.). I appreciate your suggestion though and will definitely add a *warning* to this review.Thank you!

  10. >I've never read anything by Jennifer Echols, but this is one that I really want to read. I love your review and I'm hoping to read it soon as well.

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