Remembering

Posted July 20, 2010 in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

RememberingForget You by Jennifer Echols
Also by this author: Going Too Far
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Published by MTV on July 20, 2010
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
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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.

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Cover Thoughts
I absolutely love the cover and how intimate they are. I really showcase the story and who they form and unlikely bond with each other. I would totally pick up this book at a bookstore!!

Review
This is the story of Zoey and the journey of her life dealing with the bad break up of her parents while keeping the perfect persona of being in total control. When a horrible accident leads to her losing her memory, Zoey goes on a mission to try and remember what really happen on the night after her school’s game and why her enemy Doug has sudden interest in her and why she is starting to have feelings for him. Once again Echols captured me from the first page and held my attention through out the whole story.  I was flipping through the pages totally engaged in Zoey putting together the missing pieces of her memory and dealing with the drama of her family, Brandon and Doug and whether things will ultimately work out.  I really enjoyed the growing chemistry between Zoey and Doug though she tries to hide behind the normalcy that Brandon her maybe boyfriend presents. Characters play such a huge role in stories and Echols did a great job creating realistic characters dealing with their own internal problems. Echols has the power to make me emotionally invested in her characters. 

I felt for Zoey and all the crap that she had to deal with, down to hating her father and how he treated her and her mother and sadness for her mother and how badly she was taking things. I understood were Zoey was coming from in trying to keep things together even though she knew things were falling apart around her. I also felt for Doug and how he had to navigate Zoey’s world with the new feelings he had while trying to be there for her and protect his heart in the process. Echols writing was clear and understandable, making this a very enjoyable read for me.  She really captured the essence of teenage life and all the struggles that comes with it.  She was not afraid to tackle important issues like sex, depression, suicide and so much more which I really appreciated. The romance was hot, intense and a little graphic making this for mature readers (And I loved every bit of it!!!). I was in suspense thinking so many different scenarios of what really happen that night all the way up to the end. All in All this was great read that I definably recommend it and I can’t wait to read more of Echols books!!!

5 Stars

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3 responses to “Remembering

  1. I was a tad disappointed in it actually, just because her determination to hang on to Brandon was so annoying! I loved Doug so much, I got sick of him being hurt :(She does "GET" teenagers though, I love the way she isn't afraid to tackle big issues.

  2. I understand what you mean, though Brandon was like her life line to "normal" and she really held on hard. I understood why she did it though with her life crumbling around her without her control. I loved Doug too and him being able to stick around for Zoey through it all made him that much more strong!