Forget You

Forget You

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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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 127 x 175.26 x 22.86mm | 204.12g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • 1439178232
  • 9781439178232
  • 53,415

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26,396 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 32% (8,375)
4 30% (8,033)
3 26% (6,766)
2 9% (2,381)
1 3% (841)

Our customer reviews

First of all, as a fan of book covers, I have to say that the one for Forget You is one of the most gorgeous covers ever. And it does count a lot when you're at the bookstore looking at the shelves, covers like this simply shine and catch you instantly. As a fan of Going Too Far-and now probably as an eternal fan of Jennifer Echols and her writing-, I feel imensely happy for having loved and enjoyed Forget You more than I thought I would, though as I read I admit I was wanting more than what we have. I was so strongly mesmerized by this novel that I could not put it down last night, and it was just when I looked out of the window to the sky that I realized the sun had already rised and it was today's morning. Jennifer Echols' writing is never tiring! Living in the warm Florida, Zoey is the captain of the school swim team, and besides having a mother who attempted suicide and an asshole as a father, she will also have to deal with amnesia after being in a wreck. She can't remember the Friday night when the wreck happened, only the moment when Doug helped her to get out of the car. Then, who would she believe? She decided not to tell anybody about her amnesia and to find out for herself what had happened that night, why Doug was acting like something special existed between them two, when actually she thought she was in a relationship with the football team player Brandon because they had slept together a few days before. All her questions are answered as long as she approaches Doug after the wreck, they start talking to each other more than ever, and even hang out to dinner once. The development of their story is pretty simply but very meaningful while Brandon does not really give a shit about Zoey, like Doug himself once says to her. It just annoyed me how long she took to realize Doug had been in love with her since forever, to realized he had been honest to her. And it amazed me their intense relationship, their meaninful talks, even though Zoey sucked at times. And again I have a crush on a Jennifer Echols' character, because she definitely knows who to describe a guy and makes him perfect for your eyes: then I fell for Doug, too, just like I did for John After from Going Too Far. Forget You explores some topics from an angle that I hadn't seen before in an Young Adult novel but that were super-well developed by Jennifer, such as: teenagers relationships in school sports teams (I'm especially talking about the swim and the football team, of course), the amnesia thing and teenagers exploring their bodies. It was sincerely interesting to have this point of view from a sportist, especially when she was around them team, the swim team. I think there should be more stories involving this topic, if I can call it that. Swimming, heat, and beaches fit wonderfully well in Forget You, though I admit I was expecting for a scene of Zoey and Doug enjoying the swimming pool together, but it was such a shame he can't be in the pool, right? Hahaha. I wish there were, I would have loved it. Well, yes, teenagers in this novel really do explore their bodies. They do. And I'm happy that an incredible writer like Jennifer Echols boldly, finally decided to bring this up, since this is an important and actual topic that has to be well discussed, especially between young adults and teenagers. Overall, Forget You is an amazing novel that you won't want to stop reading once you've started. Since Going Too Far, I was expecting for this, I didn't get disappointed, and I can finally, honestly say that Jennifer Echols is now one of my YA Heros, who I'll be supporting forever. And I can't wait for her 2011 romantic drama! Going Too Far and Forget You are must-read novels, and I highly recommend them more
by Raila Soares de Assis
I know that the author is very well versed in the Young Adult Lit circles and has published incredible works. This is my first book by her. She is an excellent writer and definitely speaks to her audience. She wrote an amazing character by introducing us to Doug. I didn't like anybody else in the book. Truth be known, I think I would probably rename this book, "How to Lose Your Virginity at 17." Zoey seemed intent on doing exactly that. The secondary theme of Zoey trying to control her surroundings due to her lack of life control was excellent. I really wish there was more on this compulsion. I know I am part of the "parent crowd" but as a high school counselor, I pride myself on knowing a little more about the teenage culture. There were parts of the story where Zoey seems to jump from thought to conclusion without letting me into the process. I really didn't understand how Brandon continued to be her "boyfriend" when he didn't show up. I thought Zoey was really rather stupid. I didn't love the book and I wouldn't recommend it to any teenagers I know. On the other hand, I thought the writing style was strong and I would probably read another title by the author before deciding whether or not I like her books. This one just didn't draw me in. 3 starsshow more
by Nancy
Forget You is the sort of book that I set aside for my nieces because it's much more than the usual YA romance novel. The characters might seem typical, but Jennifer Echols gives them complexity, depth and humor. We meet: * Zoey - captain of the swim team, wealthy (sometimes described as a "spoiled brat"), popular, and high school senior. Her parents are separating and she's chosen to live with her mother, but her mother's had a nervous breakdown and Zoey's trying hard to prevent this from becoming news in their small town; * Keke and Lila - twins and on the varsity swim team. They're Zoey's closest friends and they sometimes drive her nuts. They think alike, act alike but try hard to differentiate themselves from each other. They're flaky, kind, and funny high school seniors; * Brandon - blond, wealthy, popular, captain of the football team, and high school senior. He's a major flirt and seems to flit from one relationship to another. He's one of Zoey's best friends and she's a constant confidant for his romantic escapades; and * Doug - the one person on the swim team that Zoey doesn't get along with. There's some history and some antagonism. We don't know exactly what happened, but Zoey comes down hard on Doug. He has a juvie record and though the record is sealed, Zoey points out his past to keep him from getting summer jobs, etc. With his juvie record, Zoey's persistence, and high school being what it is, Doug hasn't ever had a girl friend even though he's one of the best looking and athletic high school seniors. Forget You is about how things are never quite what they seem from the outside. It's about misunderstandings and prejudices, loyalty and friendship. It reminds us of what life is like as a teenager -- when parents have so much power over your life and your identity and how we each learn to break free. Carefully crafted, fun, and sympathetic, Forget You is a story of love and friendship. If you're looking for a YA romance for the summer -- whether for yourself or a friend, I highly recommend Forget You. I loved it! ISBN-10: 1439178232 - Trade Paperback Publisher: MTV: Original edition (July 20, 2010), 304 pages. Review copy provided by the more
by Gaby @ Starting Fresh
This was my first Jennifer Echols read and I realize I must have been living under a rock. Forget You was so much fun to read and with such an interesting plot concept I was entertained the whole way through. When Zoey's memory won't come back after a terrible car accident and she's left with only questions, Echols took readers on the journey of discovery with Zoey. I instantly felt sympathetic towards her crisis and situation and couldn't stop turning the pages. I shared her frustration and just had to know what really happened. As much as I liked Zoey, there were times where I just wanted to shake her because as I was piecing together some of the facts I couldn't believe she wasn't seeing what I was seeing. Echols gave us a love triangle to rival some of the best and I definitely had my favorite front runner. Zoey struggled with more than just a lost memory. She was faced with feelings for more than one guy and didn't have all the facts to help her out either. I was chomping at the bit to find out what really happened to Zoey before the accident, and to find out what would happen between Zoey and Brandon and between Zoey and Doug. Her plate was definitely full throughout the novel with her dysfunctional family problems, her oh so oblivious friends, her distant boyfriend, her brooding savior and of course her blank in way too many places memory. Zoey was in trouble and readers will be rooting for her from beginning to end and even after the last page is read. After becoming such a quick fan of Echols' writing and personality I can't wait to read more of her work to see what else she's going to be churning out more
by Katelyn
Written in first person narrative, the reader is thrown directly into Zoey's life. I have to admit I didn't really like Zoey at the start of the story. I found her quite shallow, as if she thought of herself above the rules that apply to everyone else. She is quick to believe gossip and rumours which makes her completely paranoid when she is in the position of having something to hide. It was only as the story progressed and Zoey looks back at events in her life that I could appreciate the barrier/facade she has created for herself. Her mother has instilled in her the notion that people judge you solely on outward appearance and if you project the right appearance then problems disappear into the background. We all know this doesn't work and Zoeys mom's nervous breakdown just emphasised the point that you cant hide away from problems as they will just fester and escalate. I found myself really caring for Zoey, although she had lost her memory it was as if her eyes had been opened to the whole ugly truth for the first time. It really brought out some strong emotions in me as I was reading it. It is always a shock for a child to see their parents as just people with faults the same as everyone else rather than the idolised image of mom and dad. Being from a divorced family myself, I think it is a dream of every child of divorced parents that they get back together, even if they know deep down the reality of that particular scenario would be worse than the divorce itself. Some of Zoeys actions were questionable before the memory loss but nevertheless understandable. You really feel as if she was trying to distance herself from the traumatic events in her life by giving herself another point of focus. Why she picked Brandon for this is still beyond me, was she really naive enough to think that she could change him. The chemistry between Zoey and Doug was HOT, HOT, HOT. I completely loved everything about him. The parallels between Zoeys father and Doug's were ingenious, both were bullies, the difference being that at least Zoey had her Mum to turn to. I could completely relate, my father is a bully who likes to belittle people. I really felt as if it was a karma sort of thing between Zoey and Doug; they were meant for each other but life had got in the way only to give them a second chance years later. For me, by Zoey losing her memory she was able to find herself. I loved this book and I highly, highly recommend it. It was a wonderfully quirky road to self discovery and first love. AWESOME!!!!!!show more
by Emma Davies
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