Saturday, October 1, 2011
Publisher: MTV Books
Genre: YA Romance
SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW!!
In their words:
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.
I read this book right after Going Too Far, and coming off that, I expected real characters, natural relationships, and true-to-life emotions and events. While I wouldn't go so far to say I was disappointed, I will say that this book was a bit of a let-down. I would have wanted to see more of Zoey before the crash so I could judge what kind of person she is, because after the crash nothing is the same and I couldn't tell if I even liked Zoey. Honestly, she's supposed to be a good girl, even a model person, but I did feel like she was almost a slut. She sleeps with Brandon for comfort after her mom attempts suicide, I get that, but when she forces Doug to almost have sex with her, when she thinks she's still with Brandon - and how thick can you get, thinking Brandon is your boyfriend when you've been counseling his escapades with girls all summer long? - I couldn't figure out what Jennifer wanted the reader to think about Zoey there. She didn't think she loved Doug - which is another point, how could she change so drastically in one night, to tell Doug she loves him and then go right back to hating him? - so when she wants to have sex with him, I get that she wants to get her memory back, but to me that's a bit slutty.
The relationship between Zoey and Doug progresses nicely after the crash, but there are just too many questions about Zoey and before the crash that I couldn't fully get into the story.
Posted by Esther Shaindel at 10:56 PM