Each month there are several books that I start to read but for one reason or another I just can’t get into them. I have a pretty low tolerance for the books I read, usually only giving them between 50-100 pages before I quit. There are just too many books to read and not enough time to “trudge” through something I’m not enjoying. However, I recently realized that I never mention them on here. So I’ve decided to do a monthly feature looking at some of the books I just couldn’t get into and why.
Forget you by Jennifer Echols (2010) – read 83 pages. I feel horrible about this one. I want to preface this by saying that I LOVED Going to Far, Echols first novel. For starters I could not connect with the main character. Zooey just wasn’t believable or interesting enough for me. That’s not saying that the character is poorly written, just that I wasn’t interested in her story. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly I feel as if I’ve read this novel before. It has a very similar feel to Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin, which I read and enjoyed a whole lot more. I do think there are a lot of redeeming qualities about this novel, especially the character of Doug and his tenderness towards Zooey. I think readers who enjoy realistic fiction with a lot of romance will find something to like here. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t commit any more time to it.
The Book Scout, Reading is Bliss and Book Crazy all have positive reviews on their sites to check out.