I had been looking forward to reading Jennifer Echols’ Forget You ever since I first found it on GoodReads. I discovered the book too late to try and track down an ARC, so I (im)patiently waited for its release. I had read several rave reviews for it, which further fueled my excitement.
Having never read any of Ms. Echols’ other novels, I didn’t know what to expect in terms of the writing. What I found, however, were real characters, excellent pacing, and writing that kept me up late to finish reading. The way Ms. Echols describes things is simple, yet beautiful. She doesn’t overdo it and clutter her descriptions with flowery language. The dialogue is fluid and never felt awkward, which, in turn, made the characters even more realistic. And speaking of characters, Ms. Echols has the ability to write characters who are so flawed and unique that they seem real.
I really enjoyed Zoey as a narrator and I liked how as a reader I was able to see how she felt and dealt with the situations she faced. Her anger, confusion, and sadness drew me in and helped me get to her know as a person. She was strong and independent, but had enough weaknesses to make her rounded and realistic. She is particularly weak when it comes to her “relationship” with Brandon. I loved seeing how Zoey and Doug played off each other and seeing them grow together over the course of the novel.
The plot of Forget You sounded good, but I’m not sure if I liked how the story played out. I had a preconceived notion about the story and found my expectations unfulfilled. I thought it was going to be a bittersweet story that focused on love and the aftermath of an accident. While Zoey’s slight amnesia after the accident is a major part of the novel, the characters’ relationships were more sex-based than love-based. On one hand, I thought it was a good representation of the general teenage frame of mind, but I also feel that the topic/idea of sex is emphasized a little too much in the story.
Even though the story didn’t pan out the way I thought it would, I still really liked Forget You. Jennifer Echols is a great writer who can paint vivid and precise images in readers’ minds and write characters who leap off the pages. The story is surprising, but besides irking me, it’s surprising in a good way. It’s a fresh story that many readers have already fallen love with and others will too once they read it.
(cover image taken from Barnes and Nobles’ website)