I received this book for blog tour and review by Gallery Book/Simon & Schuster. Thank you!
Paperback, 293 pages
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.--Goodreads
Warning!! You must turn down the AC to read this book. Oh ya it’s that HOT!!
Alright let’s start with why this whole book is so worth reading. <3Doug<3. Dougie Doug Doug. Holy hell he was such a good character. He is tough and rough. A total bad boy with bad attitude and a quick temper. He is so dreamy. Did I mention HOT? Well don’t let the act fool you because underneath his hard exterior he really does have a beautiful heart and always has the best intentions when it come to Zoey. I also think he is the smartest person out of the whole bunch in this book. Seriously ladies, be prepared to get your hearts stolen.
Now Zoey, she has a lot of “esplaining to do” like Ricky Ricardo would say to Lucy. She was a complicated character with lots of things going on. She wasn’t a bad character just a frustrating one. I mean If I read “Brandon is my boyfriend.” one more time I was going to slap her. She was so blind to see who was always there to help her when she needed someone the most and it was NOT Brandon. *takes a deep breath* Sorry about the rant but seriously you need to see what I’m talking about to understand. I do feel sorry for her most of the time because she really has a LOT on her plate. With her selfish father set on having a whole new life without her or her mother and her mother not handling the divorce well at all. It truly is a nightmare when looking in on Zoey’s life so I can kind of understand why she makes such bad decisions and has horrible judgment about people and situations. Plus she is only seventeen.
I must say that I think this book is for older teen and adults because there is lot of sex, underage drinking and some cursing. Aaaaww high school. The good old days. LOL! Seriously it does remind me of my high school days. I think that is why I loved this book so much. Overall I think that the mystery was intense, the sex was steamy, the story true to life, and the love story heartbreaking and wonderful. Any fans of Simone Elkeles will surely love this book.
"I don't owe you, Zoey," he said sadly. "I only agreed to do this because I thought there would be more after tonight. But this is really all you wanted. I can't do it. I can't make it worse than it already is. I know you need this one night, to reconstruct you memory, and I care about you. But I care about me too, and I can't do this anymore."
"Did you all take your pants off? The swim team really knows how to throw a party."Keke laughed. "You have no idea."