Saturday, February 12, 2011

Book Review: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Zoey Commander's life is a mess. Her father is running off with is twenty-something girlfriend to marry in Hawaii, her normally "together" mother just attempted suicide, and Zoey just slept with her best friend, Brandon. But, the biggest of frustrations is that she had a horrible car accident that could have killed her and a couple of her friends. But, she doesn't remember it or any of the events leading up to it.

Now, Zoey is kinda dating Brandon, her best friend. Brandon has had many conquests, and loves to tell Zoey all about them. And, it appears that he's not really all that concerned about Zoey's accident. Or anything really. Zoey wants for him to want to be her boyfriend, but just never there. 

Worst of all for controlling and (slightly) obsessive Zoey is that the only person who seems to know all of the answers to what happened the night of her car crash is badboy Doug. He went away to juvie when they were younger and his reputation has been forever changed. Sure he's handsome and smart, but he's been to juvie. So he must be crazy. 

Honestly, this book was a fun read. I love Jennifer Echols for romantic-ish, light-ish books. I know when I read her work that it's going to be a bit of the top and filled with heat-of-the-moment scenes. I just know this.  If she were to write a serious "issue" book for teens, I wouldn't know what to do with it. (It would probably be good, because she's an awesome writer. It would just be like drinking soda when you're expecting water. Weird at first, but then good.)

So, when I read criticism of her work that her that knocks her down a little for writing steamy scenes and not being all that serious, I don't take them seriously. I know what Echols is all about. And, my teen girls LOVE her books. In fact, this book was loaned to me by one of my juniors girls who told me that I HAD to read it. How could I resist?

Again, if you're looking for seriousness and a hefty plot that will change your life, this probably isn't it. But, it's a quick, fun read and Echols is a talented writer. I cannot wait to read her next book, Love Story, which is due out in July.

7 comments:

  1. I still have not read any Jennifer Echols books, but they always look good. I agree with you that not every book has to have a hefty plot in order to be a fulfilling read.

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  2. Like Mrs. V, I haven't read Jennifer Echols before (hadn't even heard of her until recently...) but I think she's making it onto my "to-read" list!

    I love that one of your students recommended this to you. That's so great! Yay for teens who love to read!

    Quitting My Day Job

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  3. All of Jennifer's books look really good and I'm sad I haven't read any of them. Thanks for the review!
    -Danna

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  4. I've heard some not-so-glowing reviews about this one, so I'm glad you enjoyed it for the light read it is. I definitely love Jennifer Echols' books for fluffy reading, and haha, I know where this plot is going... Sounds good, thanks! :D

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  5. Forget that book and the tired plot we’ve all read a million times, instead read a real controversial BANNED book like “America Deceived II” by the ‘World’s Most Hated Author’, E.A. Blayre III.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:
    http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

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  6. Gotta love anonymous commenters lol...
    Haven't read any Echols but I love me a light read every now and then. And as far as the steamy scenes go, I don't think it's a big deal. Look at what kids see on TV every day. TV shows, commercials, music videos. One night stands on The Jersey Shore, strippers glorified in music, on and on. I'd much rather my teen read a steamy book with an actual RELATIONSHIP in it (uh, assuming that's what Echols books have lol)Just my two cents =)

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  7. While I am not into books that are mostly about teen love this does sounds like the type of book that many teens would love to read and there is nothing wrong with that at all. I think any book that catches a YA reader is great.

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