Author: Jennifer Echols
Published by: MTV Books
Rating: 3.5 stars
Summary from Goodreads: 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?
Romantic teen drama at its finest.
Who doesn't love the plot of the bad boy falling for the good girl? Maybe it's the idea of opposites attract or of trying to reform a "lost cause" but I've always been attracted to the idea of a bad boy and Doug is my perfect kind of bad boy.
The characters is this story seem a bit naive and at times clueless. Zoey tries to be perfect, but her life is falling apart. Instead of facing her issues she holds onto her perception of reality which ends up making her life that much more difficult. As much as I liked the characters, I had trouble relating to them fully. At times I connected instantly and then something would come up and I started to be unsure of their intentions. Nothing is really as it seems in this novel including the characters.
Besides the relationship drama, Zoey and her family were also going through an intense period. Jennifer Echols didn't shy away from the difficult (and at times awkward) situations that happen too often in real life. I thought this added a depth to the novel that is often missing in teen romance. However, with so much happening in Zoey's life, I felt the novel was rushed at times. Sometimes we seemed to go from one extreme to another without getting the time to process what had just happened. This did keep the novel moving though, as it was impossible to put down because you just had to know what happened next and what it all means.
This was my first Jennifer Echols novel and definitely won't be my last.
With all the wonderful "bad boy novels" out there, which is your favorite bad boy?