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.
About the AuthorJennifer Echols is the author of several Romantic Comedies, as well as many other young adult novels. She currently lives in Birmingham. Visit her on the web at www.jennifer-echols.com.
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: MTV; Original edition (July 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439178232
- ISBN-13: 978-1439178232
This is the first book I have read by Jennifer Nichols and it was a wonderful experience. I read this one straight through with no breaks and it definitely kept my interest. There are always certain parts of a book where you have to suspend reality in order for the plot to work and there were only one or two sticking points in this story. The plot sees typical teenage behavior but when Zoey "forgets" the night she has a head on accident and things get strange. She is an overachiever and tries tirelessly to be perfect so her dad will appreciate her. Of course, she never gets far since her dad is wrapped up in his own world and her mom is overcome with mental illness. Zoey falls apart after the accident both physically and mentally.
Zoey thinks she is in a relationship with Brandon, but really spends all of her time with Doug. For someone so together and smart, she messes up quite a bit. This is probably due to her family life falling apart around her. The accident just spurs things along. The characters really seem true to life and believable. If you are looking for a good teenage romance, this will be a quick summer read for you. I think this is best suited for older teens since there is alcohol, drug use and sexual situations.