Publication Date: July 20th, 2010
Publisher: MTV Books
Number of Pages: 292
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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.
This book sounded so good, but it came out on the disappointing side. I should of known better since it's published by MTV. I loved the plot, it had the potential to be amazing but the actual writing sucked. I felt like I was reading something written by a 14 year old. Not to mention the use of old phrases such as parking and petting. Or even using the word ugly to describe how a person is talking, acting, etc. Even use the phrase blank is my dearest friend. Who really talks like that?
My impression from the description that Zoey and Brandon were a serious couple. I was thrown through a loop when Brandon turns out to be a player with a new girl every week, and started out as really good friends with Zoey. But after Zoey's mom has a breakdown, she decides to sleep with Brandon. And even though knowing how he is with girls, Zoey immediately thinks this means they are dating. Even though it's pretty clear he's not boyfriend material, and he never calls/texts her or even comes to see her.
Zoey's dad is an asshole. I couldn't believe someone would wrote a character that mean and harsh towards his own daughter. The author could of tone him down a notch or two. And the whole mystery...I knew exactly what happened that night. And what is the hang up with the deer? Zoey is in a head on accident because both cars swerve to miss a deer and all she can do is keep asking if the deer was ok. Really?! Does she realize how lucky they all are?
Now Doug. Oh Doug how I love you. He's the best thing about this book. The little twist at the end, I just wanted to slap Doug. But for majority of the book I just wanted to hug him.
Overall the book wasn't that bad. I just wished the book was done better.