Forget You

Forget You

by Jennifer Echols
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Forget You by Jennifer Echols

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439178232
Publisher: MTV Books
Publication date: 07/20/2010
Edition description: Original
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 309,634
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son. Visit her at Jennifer-Echols.com.

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Forget You 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1198 reviews.
A_Good_Addiction More than 1 year ago
Emotional and expressive, Forget You is another intricately weaved romance from Jennifer Echols. Starting with a simple premise, Echols builds an engaging story that will pull readers through a range of feelings. Although the question of what happened in the time frame Zoey cannot remember is carried throughout the book, Echols adds other elements to keep both mystery and enjoyment high. Zoey is a mildly annoying character, the girl who sleeps with a guy and though he's a playboy, she is sure things are different now. Despite this aspect, Zoey is still a strong, well developed character who holds a perfect blend of maturity and naivety. Her interactions with her dad are heartbreaking and infuriating and much of her actions- including the ones to dub her as annoying- are understandable. She is not a shallow person nor does she lack morals- despite her actions with Brandon. As she continues to investigate the events leading up to the car crash, Zoey encounters both entertaining and surprising events. Echols has done a fantastic job writing an amnesiac character, allowing things to slowly settle back into character and compounding it further by Zoey's determination to keep the full extent of her amnesia a secret. Doug, despite his past, his temper and the intrusiveness with which he suddenly asserts himself into Zoey's life, is an adorable, heartfelt guy. The reader will experience a range of emotions towards this boy, some in response to Zoey and others in response to Echols' beautiful writing and innate ability to profoundly develop her characters. The descriptions used to describe both Doug and many scenes he's in is striking, painting a picture any reader can imagine vividly. Echols makes nothing simple for either character, their battles firing instantly and often cooling just as rapidly. The push and tug of his relationship with Zoey is the epitome is teenage romance, with Zoey not falling instantaneously for the bad boy character but also not turning her nose up at him. Their story is a memorable one with the reader wondering the entire time if they really will end up together. The pace of the plot moves steadily, considering the premise. Watching Doug and Zoey grow is a large part of this book but Echols leaves little time for boredom despite the magnificent character development- development which does take time. Echols shies away from nothing, including an arrange of teenage hormones, lust and emotion throughout the book in various ways but still writing in a way that will appeal to a wide range of audience ages. Certainly a book to be read again and placed at the top of the favorites shelf, Forget You is a breathtaking ride into the world of teenage love and a perfect summer romance. Typical to a hallmark I associate with Jennifer Echols, Forget You holds very strong, memorable, and flawed characters along with an elaborate plot and several twists to keep the reader engaged. Complacency is not a part of Echols' books, rendering Forget You, along with her first romantic drama Going Too Far, must reads.
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
It's not too often that I read contemporary fiction, but I'm happy that I ventured into the world of Forget You by Jennifer Echols. The story is interesting and engaging, while also being completely believable. The characters really stood out to me because they were realistic and heartfelt. Zoey is easy to relate to and more than easy to empathize with, given her circumstances with her loony bin mom and her ass of a dad. Echols tackles this story with honesty and the shows the reality of teenage life. Zoey's life isn't perfect and she's far from perfect herself. In a time when her family is falling apart, Zoey strives to present herself with the perfect life. She starts out with both feet firmly planted on the ground, but after an unexpected pregnancy (her dad knocks up his employee), a divorce (lots of yelling), and a suicide attempt (her mom is all kinds of messed up post-divorce) Zoey's firmly planted feet begin to shift and the book explores the raw emotions that can come with all of that. In the aftermath of the divorce, Zoey does what many teens would do, she becomes more reckless. She becomes more sexual and more interested in the thrills of a sexual relationship. When Zoey wakes up the morning after a car accident to find 'not her boyfriend' Doug checking in on her all lovey dovey like, the story really takes off. What happened the night of the accident that caused Zoey to not be with her boyfriend Brandon? And why is Doug all of a sudden being nice to her? This is where the writing and the characterizations really shine. Zoey's at a loss as to what happened to her and bad boy Doug seems to be the only person who knows the truth. Their relationship and the slowly unraveling mystery about that night had me yearning for more. The chemistry between Doug and Zoey is undeniable and the sexual tension was incredibly well-written. Doug could have easily been just the sexy bad boy, but Echols made me love him with his depth and his personality. Oh, and he's gorgeous and has the most incredible eyes. That helps too. The realization about that forgotten night forces Zoey to really take a look at her life, at herself, at the people around her, and grow up a little. She goes through a lot in such a short amount of time and by the end, she's better because of it. All of that makes the book sound heavy, but it's not really. Forget You is a fast, addicting read that gives us the reality of teens with sex, lust, and a lot of sarcasm. I loved it. Opening line: Every strong swimmer has a story about nearly drowning. ~ pg. 1 Favorite line(s): He frowned at me. "Why haven't you been turning the world upside down looking for your real diamond earrings?" I shrugged. "I figured they'd turn up. Like my virginity." ~ pg. 174
Balina More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I loved every minute reading this
La_Femme_Readers More than 1 year ago
Forget You was an actual, intense and memorable novel. Jennifer Echols took the subject of love and spun it into a web of drama and undeniable chemistry. Zoey, the female protagonist, was a strong, down to earth character. At times, a bit naive yet unique in her own way. I automatically sympathized with her pain of having a mother on the verge on insanity and a father who was a mean, selfish jerk. I felt like her decision to go "parking" with her so called best friend, Brandon was caused by her hidden pain. Mentally, she just needed someone to truly care about her. Luckily for her and me, after her accident, Doug made a stronger appearance in her life. At first, Doug was portrayed like this cold, heartless person, when in reality he was hysterically entertaining and a sweetheart. She wanted nothing more than to get away from him. But, his determination and constant support creeped into her everyday routine. Their were moments in this book where it felt like an emotional roller coaster. The physicality was raw and relatable. Zoey's sense of longing and bad judgment on what's really good for her was apparent. Besides, the perfectly developed characters, Jennifer created a plot that was full of real-life situations. I must warn my young readers that the author didn't shy away from presenting moments of sex, masturbation and drinking. Personally, I respected the fact that this YA novel expressed practical incidents. It does happen every day amongst some teens and young adults. I admired Jennifer's tasteful way of pushing the envelope with her characters and can't wait to see what other projects she comes out with. Overall, a great book, with an ending that will warm your heart. I know some people don't like seeing sex in YA but, I recommend you look passed that and into a well-written story. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! It is one of the best books i have read in a very long time. I suggest every teen girl read this!
TheChesireCat More than 1 year ago
Strong characters, amazing storyline... what wasn't to like? This was the first of Ms. Echols books I read and I was pleasantly surprised. The moment I finished it, I went in search of other titles by her. "Forget You" has made it into my "keeper" pile.
CleverlyInked More than 1 year ago
Oh Gosh this was a good one! Zoey seemed to project her self imperfections in a negative way. Despite her oh so perfect Outer shell that most people see. She doesn't want anyone to see the side where her mother has gone insane and her father could careless about her and her mother since he was having an affair and now is marrying little 24 yr old trophy wife. Zoey decided to lose her virginity to Brandon one of her best guy friends. She seems to create some weird fake yet not fake relationship with him. The whole time in denial that he isn't what she needs. You can't make someone into something they aren't. After finding her mother in a suicide attempt. Zoey does what she knows best, destruction. Fast forward through the night Zoey wakes up not really remembering what happened that night only a few bits and pieces. Pieces that include Doug. She then has to pretend that she remembers everything that has happened. So when Doug shows up acting like the are together. Zoey doesn't know what to do. What really happened? I love Forget You. Jennifer Echols is amazing! Forget You has some zing. I would recommend this to anyone. Though there is a few steamy scenes. You need to get this one. Forget You is going to be one of the greats of 2010. hehe atleast to me :)
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
After days full of drama for Zoey she is struggling to stay strong. With her father problems spread everywhere and her mother's nervous breakdown over it, Zoey can't help but feel trapped. Trapped into the perfect daughter, doing everything she can to help matters. Zoey made some unwise decisions with Brandon leading her to assume other things. Then she starts speaking to Doug. A kid who has had it rough he whole life and hates Zoey. She last saw him at the football game looking loath at her and then the next morning he is all sweet. Zoey totalled her car in a car accident, that left her with amnesia. She doesn't remember what happen the night before. After her father threatens her, she lies about remembering the night before and sets off to seek her own answers as to what really happen that night. *SPOILER WARNING* This book started off already with major drama. I was immediately sucked into the whirlwind of it and felt bad for her. Her father cheats on her mother and whats worse he gets the girl pregnant. Zoey works for her father who owns a very popular water park and so now it is buzzing all of the place. Zoey feels horrible after what happen and made some unwise decisions. Zoey's mother could not take the stress of it all so she attempted suicide. Zoey walks in to find her mother is going to thankfully make it. Okay let me just say that I absolutely hated the father. He get the girl pregnant, Zoey and her mother leave the house moving into the apartment and then he move the girl in there with him. Whats worse is that the father is angry with Zoey after her mother's apparent suicide. Instead of consoling her at the hospital he walks in upset, yelling at her not to say a word of it to anyone. Poor Zoey is in such shock, she doesn't even know what to say. It's no wonder Zoey acted the way that she acted. He dad was a jerk. Then after Zoey's car accident, he blames her again, threatening that there really better be something wrong with her head if he is going to miss his honeymoon, if so he was going to put in the loony bin with her mom. Right there, my jaw drop. First off how can you say such a thing to your own daughter. This father was thinking of no one but himself. UGH!!! This book was great drama. Watching it unfold was something uncanny. I connected with Zoey on a very personal level. I too grew up with a father somewhat like that. He has a business and reputation to keep. He of course has girlfriends that are 24 yrs or younger and I am expected to treat them as such. Hello! I am just 25! They can be my freaking sister!!! Also even though my father has money and spends it on his girlfriend like there is no tomorrow, I have to work to earn my keep because he wants to teach me repsonablility. Believe me that is the last thing I learn from him. If you like a good book with lots of drama and gasping then this book is for you. For me is was personal and touching. I did connect with Zoey on many levels and felt her anger and pain. I can truly say that this is something that happen in real life's because it happen in mine. There was some curse words and some sexual scenes. I recommend for older teens. (18+)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was definitely worth the read. The plot deserves five stars. The story was great. There was no lulls, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. And although it had romance in it, the romance wasnt ridiculously over-done. It was just the right amount mixed in with the other elements of the plot. There are few sex scenes, and they are short, and not dirty. It was great to read a story with romance that wasnt disgusting. there are also several conflicts going on that adds to suspense. I have fallen in love with this book. As for the characters, they were well written. Doug in honestly my favorite fictional character ever. I fell in love with this boy! His character was amazing! The main character, Zoey, is also a great character. The reason i had to give the book four instead of five stas is the actual writting itself. There were some important details missing that the editor or someone should have fixed. Theres just simply not enough time spent on zoey's time with brandon before they hooked up to make her trust in him believable. This missing information did take away from the story a little because you too busy being annoyed by zoey to stay connected to her character the way a readed needs too. Also, theres scenes that lack some detail so they can be a bit unclear. I was disappointed to see a story i so much loved being cheated out of its full potential becauae of its writting. All in all, the story was great. The small flaws are ignorable. I absolutely adorws the story. I do recommend this book!!!! (Although i feel obligated go say for ages 15 and up) if youre considering this book, dont let the reviews sway your choice. This book will not disappoint!!!!
Ashley Bowers More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was a steal! It was a free read so I was a bit skeptical but I really enjoyed it. It is definitely geared for a more mature audience that can look past certain parts and just enjoy the book :) .. It is an easy read and I too finished it in about a day; definitely worth downloading.
U_KNO_WHO More than 1 year ago
i heart stoping, jaw droping phenomenon. Highly Recommended
Jessica Graykowski More than 1 year ago
i loved this book. i thought that the characters were very relatable. it was good from start to end
Alyssa Poteet More than 1 year ago
there was alot of cursing but other than that, best book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED IT! I've read better, but it grabbed my attention. The plot and the romance of the story made sense. I read it in two days. I never put it down. It was one book I might forget, but life makes some sort of sense.
PinayGirl_Love More than 1 year ago
Its a really great love story! I cannot get this book out of my head! I've been thinking about it! I LOVE IT! have fun reading(:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I've read it 7 times now and about to start my 8th.. Such a great book!
LauraNicole More than 1 year ago
Deffinately in my top 10! I loved it, it had me captured from the first chapter! A definite must read!
HaleyCA More than 1 year ago
this book was so great. I Loved it. it was Amazing :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My main problem with this book was the offensive ways major issues were handled, specifically mental health. Throughout the book, all of the characters refer to Zoeys mom as 'crazy' and the hospital where she is getting treatment for her legitimate problem a 'loony bin'. It came off as ignorant. This type of unrealistic and offensive language is dangerous, especially in a young adult book. The book would have been much better (and maybe even worth the unsatisfying read) if it had handled this issue with sensitivity, as well as the other issues it faced such as abuse and neglect. 
amslvr1 More than 1 year ago
WOW, WOW, WOW. LOVE IT! EVERY TIME! This was the first book of Jennifer's that I read and since the first time reading it, that's right I said it...I've read it more than once. After reading it that first time, I then went and read ALL BUT TWO of Jennifer's other books. And I loved them all! This one happens to be my favorite though! Don't get me wrong, all of her stories are successful, wonderful, and I love them. However, this one is still my favorite! Doug and Zoey just have that SOMETHING between them! The chemistry is unbelievable! She is able to take the characters and truly write from their minds. Her stories are so full of REAL emotion! Whether it is the ways in which she is able to capture their different emotions or even the finesse use of the sexual tension. She portrayed things very well and realistic. Whether it was family issues, parties, teenage hook-ups, those tension moments, or simply how Zoey was confused within it all, it goes on and on. Jennifer is a phenomenal author! She steps on the bounds that not many authors do. Making the reader feel something! There were times when I was reading that I really felt things and could forget I was reading. Being tied to the characters and their story! She has become one of my favorite authors and I intend to read those last two books of hers, as well as, anything else she intends to write for us in the future!!! Thank you for all the great stories!
readinglover8 More than 1 year ago
Hated this book!!!!!! Throughout the whole entire book, Zoey just kept on telling Doug that she was with Brandon, but would almost go to third base with Doug. I couldn't stand that, plus I just felt like Zoey complained that she was a good listener and there for everyone, but when the twins came and talked to her she would hardly listen. Another thing that I hated about this book was that it was choppy. Ms. Echols is probably a good writer, but she did no go into details and when she needed to start a new chapter to help explain things she didn't. Lastly, I hated that Zoey just forgave Doug for all that he did, the Debt he made???? Hello!!!!!! No sane person would forgive him last fast. As you see, I really did not like this book so don't waste your money on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written. I enjoyed every minute of reading this book and am now officially a Jennifer Echols fan. Does the book involve some sex talk? Yes, but it is not "raunchy". When you are reading books by this author, you can't be a prude about it all. This book is about teenagers so, therefore, they have hormones and are hungry for sex. However, there is an actual love story behind Zoey and Doug that has been there since 7th grade. Way before sex was involved. I would definitely recommend this book to teens probably 15 and up. They learn about all of this in sex education anyway, so I don't see a point in recommending it to only 18 year olds and up. And as a plus society is changing and kids don't even get to sex education before they learn about these things. Bottom line, it is a VERY good book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stars say it all!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've seen this book many times in the store but i wasn't sure about it. I'm so glad i finally got it! This book grabs your attention and doesn't let go until the last word is read. The mystery of what happened that night is great, though i did see part of it coming. This is a great summer read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall the book was okay. There were some parts that were great..... excellent with detail, other wise i had to force my self to read the book... some of it was kinda of confusing so i didn't get it that much. I'm not saying don't read this book i'm saying maybe read a couple of pages in before you determine weather you like it or not.