Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: MTV; Original edition (July 20, 2010)
Review Copy: Publisher
What I Thought:
Well...I thought that this was some awesome stuff! This book ( in reference to the character behavior) was real, raw, and gritty.
As much as I love YA I think that it tends to be "cleaned up" too much. Maybe I'm wrong but that's what I often see. Forget You depicted "real" teenage characters in my opinion.
I can see where this wouldn't be for everyone but let's face it...they have teens who drink, smoke, curse and have sex. Maybe not all at the same time, but I promise you that it happens.
I think Echols did an awesome job of portraying that reality and what teens face on a daily basis. What did I think the theme was? Choices maybe? How we have to make them and how they affect our lives. You can find several messages within the pages of this one depending on how you interpret it.
I really, really thought this was a fantastic mainstream YA!
About The Book:
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.