Sunday, September 5, 2010

Forget You, 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. With her life 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 have written many times on this blog of my love for Jennifer Echols. She is one of my go to authors for funny, relaxing, romantic stories. I love all of her Simon Romantic Comedies and Going Too Far is one of my favorite teen books, ever. I have read that book over and over again since last year. Which is why it pains me to say I didn't really love this one. I loved the synopsis, the premise, the cover art, and I was ready to love the story but it just didn't work for me. I think my problem was there were a few too many aspects of the plot (or maybe just Zoey's character) that didn't ring true for me. This review at Angieville sums up my feelings in a much more articulate way.  I am still looking forward to whatever Jennifer Echols writes next.


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