Author: Jennifer Echols
Release Date: July 20, 2010
Published By: MTV
Goodreads Rating: 3.83 stars
Amazon Rating: 3.95 stars
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I picked this up a little while after reading Going Too Far because I absolutely loved that book. However, while I really enjoyed this, I kept finding myself comparing it to the first Echols book I read, and it didn't measure up. This book was able to keep me turning pages and I wanted Zoey to end up with Doug, but it was by no means perfect.
What bothered me most was Zoey's erratic behavior. It was so frustrating for her to be so blind about what was going on between her and Brandon. She knew he was after a different girl every week, she knew he always cheated, and yet she still wanted a romance with him. And even once she had that, she kept worrying that she was cheating on him with Doug even though it was so obvious that Brandon was cheating on her.
Other than that, though, I loved the romance. Jennifer Echols is a master at making the perfect sexy, hot, and yet sweet and touching love story, and Doug's interactions with Zoey were what saved the book. Throughout the entire book, even as I wanted Zoey to stop being so stupid, I was rooting for her to end up with Doug.
Like her other book, this is more than some shallow romance. Doug and Zoey both struggle with real life issues and secrets, and this makes for a deeper read. All in all, I liked this book. I probably wouldn't recommend it, though, especially if you haven't read anything by this author before. If you want to foray in Jennifer Echols' writing, I would highly suggest Going Too Far.