Forget You by Jennifer Echols

An absolutely fabulous and heart-tugging story!  I only received a copy of this ARC (by participating in the Travelling ARC tour) yesterday and it’s all done!  What does that say to you?  A page turner, couldn’t put it down, drawn into the book right from the start and it would NOT release me!  Can I put  finger on what particular aspect I enjoyed the most?  Ummmmm – NO!  I really enjoyed it all!

Zoey, seventeen years old, captain of her school’s swim team, wrecked her vintage Bug one night and lost her memory of the entire afternoon and evening’s events.  She tries her hardest to forge forward, keeping her family’s secrets from her best friends, standing by the notion that she has a boyfriend – Brandon, and trying to understand Doug.  However as time passes she slowly discovers the truth of that evening and somewhere along that time she also discovers her true feelings for the boys in her life.

As I’ve mentioned earlier I really enjoyed this story.  I especially loved the development of the relationship between Zoey and Doug.  This is a story that will stick around with me for a while.  This is also my first Jennifer Echols novel – I will now be looking at reading more.


Favourite quote(s):

” ‘ Hair of the day.  Bloody Mary after you’ve spent the night drinking.  As in, revisiting something helps you get over it.’ ”

Note: Since this is an ARC I will not publish page numbers until these can be confirmed in the published novel.


Echols, Jennifer. (2010). Forget You.  Advanced Reader’s Copy provided by the Travelling ARC tour blog.

Author website:  http://www.jennifer-echols.com/

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Teaser Tuesday (10)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teaser is from Linger by Maggie Stiefvater:

“I opened my eyes and saw in her hard expression that she’d heard the lie.  I was beginning to realize that she didn’t miss much.”       p. 119

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland

First off what a great and very contentious book!  I have to admit that it took me a while to get into it – but once I did it was REALLY tough to put aside.  Imagine a young lady, 17 years old, living in a time where acting lady-like and looking forward to having a husband and caring for your future children was your only ambition?  I’m not saying this is necessarily wrong BUT… not having the choice of who you really want to be or to have any other ambitions…  now that I CANNOT imagine.

Hmmm…  are you getting the sense that this book struck a nerve with me?  Louisa Cosgrove has been sent to an insane asylum!  Her name is now Lucy Childs and the harder she tries to tell her captors that there has been a mistake – that she’s NOT Lucy Childs but Louisa Cosgrove – her situation deteriorates.  During her stay at Wildthorn Hall she meets Grace, her friend and her saviour.  Grace who reminds her that “Folks do things for all sorts of reasons…” Louisa remains determined to escape Wildthorn while trying to understand why she’s there.

I really liked the way the book was written – switching between the past and the present.  By the time the time periods merged I was sure I knew who was behind Louisa’s predicament, but boy was I shocked to learn the truth!  Amazing!!!

I would definitely recommend this book – but again I would encourage the older crowd to read it.  I think Jane Eagland has done a wonderful job at dealing with so many topics that today’s youth may take for granted – freedom of choice in professions and partners!

Ages: 16 and over


Favourite quote:

” ‘Oh, Lou, you are funny.  You can’t be a hero.’ ‘ Why not?’ ‘Because only men are heroes.’ ”

Note: since this is a digital galley I will not publish page numbers until I can confirm location in the published novel.


Eagland, Jane. (2010). Wildthorn. Digital galley obtained from NetGalley. Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Author profile: http://www.litfest.org/resources/flax_resources/Flax/eagland/eagland.htm

Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter

Yeowsers – it’s been a while since I read a book in a day!  This is also the first book in this series that I read the book – the first three I managed to listen to the audiobook.  I really enjoyed the audiobooks – but I always wondered whether I was missing something and having read a book – nope I haven’t missed anything!

The story was just as fun as the first three Gallagher Girls stories!  And yes – its left me still wanting more!  I just LOVE the situations that Cammie manages to get herself into.  The way her best friends and roommates are always there to lend a hand – and of course there’s the aloof and irresistable Zachary.  I really don’t want to write a summary this time around but will say that if you loved the first three in this series you’ll LOVE this one too!

Highly recommended

Ages 12 and up

To view my thoughts on the first three Gallagher Girls books:

I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover


Favourite quote:

” ‘ I tweaked the van to incorporate solar technology.  It really needs a road test for statistical significance, you know.’ ”         p.  203.


Carter, Ally.  (2010). Only the Good Spy Young.  New York, NY:  Disney-Hyperion Books

Author website:  http://allycarter.com

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

WOW – what a beautifully written book about a terrible and very sad day at Garvin High School.  Valerie had friends, and a boyfriend, and was living what we might call a typical teenager’s life.  She wasn’t popular, was bullied on many occasions and used her notebook as her way of dealing with the hate she felt everyday.  Until that fateful day when her boyfriend, Nick took things a little too far.  Valerie and her community have never been the same since and continue to heal.

I thought that Jennifer Brown did a fantastic job at capturing all the feelings that Valerie felt.  It was an amazing trip for me, as the reader, to walk alongside Val and see how people viewed her – how in many cases they refused to believe her – including her parents.  I especially loved how Val with the help of Dr. Heiler eventually found solace.

I highly recommend this book although I’m not sure I’d recommend it to the younger crowd – I would say 16 and over.  The content of this story is very emotional and unfortunately we may be able to see parallels to situations we hear about it today.


Favourite quote(s):

“[I] Just curled into a ball and after my body stopped curling my soul kept going.  Curling, curling, curling into something tight, wound, tiny.”    p. 142

One. Won. One hour. Just one. Won. I tossed the words around in my head.”     p. 272

See things for what they really are, I reminded myself.  See what’s really there.”     p. 381


Brown, Jennifer. (2009). Hate List.  New York, NY:  Little, Brown and Company.

Author website:  http://www.jenniferbrownya.com/

Teaser Tuesday (9)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Sorry it’s been a couple of weeks – been a busy summer so far 🙂  But here’s my teaser for the week – it comes from Hate List by Jennifer Brown.

“I guess I should’ve known it was coming.  It only made sense, right?  Except at that point nothing made sense.”      p.  145

I’m about halfway through this book so far and it’s fabulous!!!