RTW: Making Waves
Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question to write about on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This week's topic:
In honor of the end of the Olympics, share your favorite sports book.
As expected, the Olympics completely sucked me in. I couldn't write, I could barely read. All I wanted to do was watch competitions of sports I normally care nothing about. My kids really got into it, staging diving events and beach volleyball games in the living room. Other favorites were gymnastics, swimming, and archery.
One book immediately came to mind when I thought about my favorite sports book: FORGET YOU by Jennifer Echols.
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 and Doug are on the swim team together, so, uh, yeah, it's a sports book.
I love this book. I've read it at least four times. Doug, Doug, Doug.
That is all.
What's your favorite "sports" book? Did you love the Spice Girls reunion at the closing ceremony as much as I did?