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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Review: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult8 Comments

Review: Forget You by Jennifer EcholsForget You by Jennifer Echols
Published by Pocket Books on 20 July 2010
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 292
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Also by this author: Going Too Far, Biggest Flirts

Place(s) Traveled to: Florida

First Line: Every strong swimmer has a story about nearly drowning.

For months now I have been badgered and berated (in a good way I swear) on Twitter by Erica, a friend and fellow blogger, to read a book by Jennifer Echols.  She was stunned that I had never read anything by Echols before and has made it her mission to get me to read something. I tried to read Going to Far a few months back but the time wasn’t right for that book to grab me and so I put it down in favor of some reading commitments that I had to tackle. Then July came and I hit the most horrible reading slump. So far this month I haven’t been able to finish a single book – despite the seeming hundreds that I have started. Its been horrible Internet….absolutely horrible! And because it makes me so sad I’ve been asking my friends on Twitter for book ideas….which then lead the a fore mentioned Erica to renew her Jennifer Echols campaign.

I have to admit I was hesitant at first because I didn’t want to face another disappointment in not finishing another book. Which isn’t the books fault I just haven’t been able to focus. But yesterday I needed to get my oil changed and so I grabbed one of the first books I saw on my pile, which happened to be Forget You by Jennifer Echols. I was a bit iffy on the start of this story as I found it hard to put my finger on Zoey and I wasn’t sure if I liked her or not. Her BFFs also seemed a bit 1 dimensional and annoying in the short glimpses that we saw of them. Then the accident happened and everything changed.

From the time of the accident until the end I was hooked. I found that I couldn’t stop turning pages because I needed to know what happened that night. Zoey suffers from amnesia from a bump on the head and as a reader you follow her journey to try and piece events together. Its during this time that the supporting cast also starts to flesh out a little more. Especially Doug. Who is just a total swoon worthy male lead. He has a past – which I think they made a bigger deal than it really seemed to have been – but he’s such a great character. He’s the boy that every girl wishes she could meet. What I didn’t get was why Zoey was so hung up on Brandon when there was Doug trying to win her heart. Well, I can understand it but it just grew old fast. Zoey knew the sort of guy Brandon was and I think it made her look foolish to think that she’d be the one to change him.

But those annoying Zoey mooning over Brandon moments aside I loved the tension and the story of her and Doug. There was so much give and take which added to the realism of it all. My heart would leap and then nearly crack with each scene that they had. I also enjoyed the appearances of Doug’s brother Cody who was just a fun bundle of sarcasm….and the love and closeness between him and his brother was visible. In the end, once I started to read Forget You I found that I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up into the wee hours of the night just turning the pages eager to see what would happen next. I needed to know what happened the night of Zoey’s accident and if things would would out between her and Doug. I had to stop myself several times from flipping to the end to see if it would all work out. Forget You was a beautifully written story and I am so glad that I read it. So thank you Erica for being such a bully for this book and thanks to Jennifer Echols for putting such an amazing story out there in the world.


8 Responses to “Review: Forget You by Jennifer Echols”

  1. Erica

    YAY GAIL! You make me smile for finally reading this 🙂 I love this book so much.

  2. Irish

    Erica – so glad I caved under your bullying and read it. =)

    Allison – yeah I can see how that would be. I think if I wasn’t so happy to actually be finishing a book this month it may have bothered me more as well.

  3. Aleksandra

    I haven’t read any of her books too & I was thinking to get this one, so now I probably will 🙂 Thanks for the review

  4. Michelle

    I still have her first to read, the name escaping me at the moment, but am looking forward to doing so.

  5. Irish

    Aleksandra – its worth the buy. was a really good read.

    bermudaonion – me too!

    Michelle – the title is Going to Far…and I have that on Mt TBR too. Must read it soon since Erica filled her end of our bargain and has read Catching Fire & Hunger Games.

    Alex – get your butt back to the store and pick it up. Forget You is a really fun read!