Author: Jennifer Echols
Published: July 20, 2010 by MTV
Source: ARC from Around The World Tours
Description: 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. With her life 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.
I Give This ...
I'm probably one of the few so far who didn't think this book was a 5 butterfly effort. The idea was interesting and the writing kept me going. It was the characters I had problems with. Zoey was okay as the lead narrative. I understood her problems and why she did the things she did. I would even go as far as to understand how she managed to convince herself that it was all okay. I had a hard time believing she was that naive about Brandon. Every time she had to reiterate that she was his girlfriend, I cringed. Maybe that was the point though. The events had left her that far gone. I was really annoyed with her friends Keke and Lila. She didn't seem like the type of person to be friends with people that self-centered to be angry with her when they discovered the truth instead of realizing all along what was truly going on. I did like Doug. He seemed to be the only one concerned for her, although I did feel he took advantage of the situation prior to the accident. And he eventually knew that Zoey couldn't remember a thing for the entire night of the accident, and still he said nothing. It was powerfully written though. I will read something else by Jennifer Echols to see what else she has to offer!