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 st empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.
MY TAKE ON THIS BOOK:
Zoey's perfect world is crumbling around her. Her dad just got his 24 yr old girlfriend pregnant and since most of her friends work at the family business everyone knows whats going on. So when Zoey's mom has a nervous breakdown that results in hospitalization, her dad decides he wants it kept quiet because it could ruin his name yeahhh right, Zoey is forced to move back home with her dad and his soon to be new wife. So with the stress of trying to keep her moms problem a secret and trying to live with her dad Zoey does some things she wouldn't normally do.
When she hooks up with Brandon, who is a typical jock, she just wants to feel something, to do what everyone else is doing.
So when Zoey has a car accident and loses her memory she is determined to figure out what happened only problem is she doesn't want anyone to know that she can't remember.
Did she go parking with Brandon that night? If she did he is really acting weird about it.
What about Doug the class bad boy who normally gives Zoey a hard time? He is acting as if he is her boyfriend. What could have happened and how in the world can she find out without giving away the fact that she can't remember?
Will Zoey figure out what happened and will she realize the one person she really needs has been trying to protect her the whole time?
I loved this book!!! This is the first time I have read anything by Jennifer Echols and all I can say is how the heck did I miss this great author. This book starts out with a bang and doesn't let up. I found myself rooting for Zoey from the get go. Even though she made some very stupid choices thru out the story I could really understand where she was coming from. Being a teen is hard especially when your faced with the problems Zoey had.
This is an exceptionally well written book that flows so well that once you pick it up you get so engrossed in the characters that you just can't put it down.
I would highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this talented author.
Jennifer Echols grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama--a setting that has inspired many of her books. Always interested in creative writing, she finished her first (and still unpublished) novel soon after graduating with a degree in English from Auburn University at age 20. She worked as an editor for newspapers, a writer for business publications, and a writing instructor for three major universities, completed a master's degree in English, and finished the coursework for a PhD in genre studies before selling a book. Since then, she has written four young adult novels for Simon & Schuster, including Major Crush, which won the National Reader's Choice Award, and Going Too Far, which is a finalist in the 2010 RITA, the National Reader's Choice Award, and the Book Buyer's Best. Three more of her novels are forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in 2010 and 2011. Currently she works as a copyeditor and lives in Birmingham with her husband and son.
I recieved a complementary copy of this book from Gallery Pocket Books but in no way does it alter my opinion of this book.