Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source of my copy: from the publisher
Synopsis (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? 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.
Zoey feels like her life is messed up. In addition to her fear that the whole town will find out that her mom is in a mental hospital and with her dad getting his much younger girlfriend pregnant, she also has to deal with hot but irritating Doug's teasing in school. The only way she can deal is by being perfect--being the perfect daughter, student and girlfriend to Brandon, a popular star football player. But when Zoey finally feels that she has things under control, she gets into a car accident and can't remember what happened the whole night before the crash. Suddenly everything is different as she unexpectedly finds her life full of Doug and empty of Brandon. What happened to her that night? Zoey is anxious to find out.
Once in a while, it's really nice to read a book that deals with plain old 21st century teenagers with all the drama but without the magic, mayhem and paranormal creatures. I thought this book was a satisfying read with its well-developed characters and plot. I liked Zoey and yes, she's going through a lot of stuff but she kinda irritated me a little with the whole Brandon/Doug situation. She's always throwing Brandon (who is not her boyfriend despite what she thinks) to Doug's face. I really liked Doug though, and he really stood out above all the other characters. He is the bad-boy-on-the-outside-but-a-sweet-guy-once-you-get-to-know-him type. He really cared for Zoey and I thought they were great together. As for the plot, it's your typical cliche, teenage drama but, overall, I enjoyed this book and I thought it a good story. 3.75 out of 5 stars