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.
Thoughts: I know you've probably heard great things about this book, and all I have to say is...yes, I agree. I wasn't really sure what I expected when I first got this but I was surprised that there were so many tough issues to deal with throughout the book. I wasn't expecting to get sucked right into the story but after reading only a few pages I could not put it down.
The book started off a bit slow for me but right after the accident the story picks up and I got right into it. It really surprised because I had expected mostly a fluffy sort of teen romance and not much else. And even though there is some great romance between Zoey and Doug, the story goes on a much deeper level and there are so many issues that Zoey has to deal with from the beginning.
The characters were all well developed and even though Zoey annoyed me sometimes with her thoughts and actions towards her "boyfriend," Brandon, she was dealing with a lot and trying to handle it as best as she could. Doug was a sweetheart, I loved him. All the other characters, like Zoey's best friends and her dad, had so much personality and fit into the story so well that I really liked reading about them, although I disliked some of them very much.