Monday, 18 October 2010

Forget You - Jennifer Echols

Author: Jennifer Echols
Date of release: July 2010
Number of pages: 300
Publisher: MTV Books
Also by this author: Going Too Far

Book Girl Rating: * * * *

Forget You is an intriguing novel about Zoey, a girl whose life is turned upside down when her father leaves her mother for a 24 year old and her mother tries to commit suicide.  Typically the perfect, straight A achiever, Zoey seeks solace in perfection and control, from her swim team to her new boyfriend Brandon.  But a car accident one night changes everything – and she can’t remember anything from the night of the crash.  Suddenly, Brandon’s avoiding her and fierce bad boy Doug is acting like he’s her greatest admirer.  If Zoey can’t pick up the pieces to control this situation, can she find out what really happened that night?

I found myself intensely engrossed in this story from beginning to end.  Zoey’s adolescent confusion and worry were two emotions I could relate to and I was instantly drawn to her character.  Whilst the story was quite slow at first, the events that unfolded after the crash left me suppliant for answers – what really happened that night?  Why was Zoey’s memory so unclear and what would happen in the romantic entanglement of the characters?    

When push came to shove, the storyline was simple – teenage angst and ultimately, love.  Love for family, love for friends and love for a person you didn’t think you would love; with all the typical teenage worries thrown in.  Not to mention, the characters were fascinating, namely Zoey, even though at times it was as if she wouldn’t be able to hold it together – she always came through in the end. 

I must say, Zoey’s abrasive father really grated on me.  He left me with this residual anger once he’d entered and exited the book – and I could really feel how Zoey felt, abandoned when she needed help the most and fearful for her mother’s safety.  And Zoey’s clueless and at times selfish boyfriend Brandon drove me mad – he was just so unaware of what Zoey was experiencing.

It was both frustrating and exciting that we were as in the dark about the crash and the events after it as Zoey was.  We weren’t aware of anything she didn’t know and we right there with her as she became more aware and able to put together the fractured pieces of what happened that night – just hoping for something coherent.  

To summarise, this book was a truly honest portrayal of teenage anguish, love and familial discord – fantastic.

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