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Ally is a popular freshman girl whose world comes quickly crashing down when a picture of her in a compromising situation is texted around her high school. A talented actress, Ally loves being center stage. But her desire to be a part of the in-crowd comes at the expense of her friendship with two close friends. Ally exhibits characteristic all-or-nothing teenage thinking, and a surprising plot twist reveals that Ally’s black-and-white approach to life has potentially devastating consequences. Narrated in verse, this dramatic novel includes girl-to-girl cruelty that is particularly intense. Although Ally has clearly suffered from the poor decisions she has made, she is not an entirely sympathetic character, as she is willing to use and abuse those who are closest to her in order to achieve her own goals. An emotional exploration of the social and sexual pressures of high school and the effects of losing one’s sense of self and purpose. Grades 7-10. --Eve Gaus

About the Author

Carolee Dean is the author of Forget Me Not, Take Me There, and Comfort. She lives with her family in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she works with teenagers as a speech pathologist. Find out more at

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; 1st Printing edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442432543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442432543
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,876,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born and raised in Southern California but moved with my family to Lubbock, Texas when I was fifteen. Right before my senior year, my family moved to Happy, Texas, population 635. My senior class had sixteen graduates. It was culture shock, to say the least.

I got involved in journalism and my teacher told me that I had to participate in the University Interscholastic League Competitions. I didn't know what that was, but there wasn't anything else to do so I signed up for news writing, editorial writing, and poetry interpretation. I was an alternate to state in poetry interpretation and suddenly became eligible for several scholarships. I received a sizable one and became the first person in my family to go to college.

Years later, I wrote my first novel, COMFORT, from the point of view of a teenage boy in Comfort, TX from a dysfunctional alcoholic family who competes in Poetry Interpretation in the UIL. His mother makes him quit everything else (band and football) to work day and night in the family cafe. There's also an older girl encouraging him to get involved in poetry, so that is a big inspiration.

In many ways, poetry has literally changed my life.

Music has also been a huge influence. I received my bachelor's degree in music therapy from West Texas State University - Now West Texas A&M. I spent my crucial teen and young adult years in Texas and many of my stories take place there.

TAKE ME THERE is about a boy, Dylan Dawson, who flees from Southern California (running from the law and a violent gang) to go looking for his father who is in prison in Texas. Dylan can't read or write but he dreams of being a poet.

I have a lot of experience with teenagers with learning disabilities. I received my master's degree in communicative disorders from the University of New Mexico and have worked with students of all ages as a speech-language pathologist. I currently work at a local high school. My verse novel, FORGET ME NOT, explores many relevant teen topics like cyber bullying and suicide.

Spending every day in high school has also changed my life and my perspective. People often ask me if I write about my students. To be totally honest, I write about myself, but because I'm around teenagers all the time, I am constantly reminded of the pain, angst, heartache, and hope of those formative years. They inspire me to remember what it was like. Those are the stories I love telling most.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Valerie A. Baute on December 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am going to try not to put spoilers in here, but I will reference what is already told on the book jacket. It makes it easier to write the review.

Ally is quite the popular freshman in high school until a scandalous picture of her is texted to everyone. Now she is roaming a deserted hallway instead of going to class. She is in that hallway because she is actually in a bit of an in between space, not quite dead and not quite alive. Elijah happens to be the only one that can see her. After failing to take his own life, he can now see dead people, and half-dead people. Just so happens he has been in love with Ally for quite some time, and he is the only one that can help her decide whether to stay or go. Okay, he isn't completely the only one, but I don't want to ruin the story by saying any more about that.

This book is written in verse. I am very critical of verse. I usually like verse better if it reads more like a story and less like poetry. This book had a mix of both, but the poetic aspect actually appealed to me. I don't know if I just happened to be in a thoughtful mood, but it seemed very appropriate for the story. Also, being in verse, it was a quick read. It was very engaging, and I could not put it down, so I'm glad it was quick to read in one sitting. I really wanted to know exactly what happened to Ally and what she would decide to do. Then, the ending actually had me nervous for what was going to happen to everyone. I was happy with the ending. My only problem with the ending was what happened to one person. Basically it could be a whole new book to explain the outcome of that person, but it was instead quickly wrapped up.

I would recommend this book to teens who are and aren't popular.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Forget Me Not is a fabulous novel from Carolee Dean. With a mix of contemporary and hints of the paranormal, fans of both genres will greatly enjoy this one.

The summary for Forget Me Not was what originally drew me in. When I found out it was written in verse I was even more excited for it. I'm happy to say that this one definitely lived up to my expectations. Carolee Dean's verse is beyond stunning. There are many different types of poetry used in Forget Me Not and I loved trying to figure out the patterns of the lines and everything. Forget Me Not definitely has one of the most creative types of writing that I have read, even in other verse novels. Also, parts of the story are written as a screenplay which showcases the main character, Ally's, history with acting, as well as being a great way to get in dialogue. The writing style was definitely my favorite aspect of Forget Me Not.

Ally and Elijah are very different people with a lot in common. Ally is a very misguided girl who doesn't really see who her real friends are until it's too late. She's rather selfish, kind of nasty, and a bit full of herself. Elijah is the complete opposite. He doesn't care what people think of him, he cares so much about other people, and he's a sweet guy. However, they have some things in common. They both tried to kill themselves and ended up on the hallway, the place where people go when they have to decide to finish the job or give life another shot. Elijah's been there before but he didn't give up. Now it's Ally's turn to decide whether the pain is worth it or if death would be the better option. This time spent on the hallway makes Ally reconsider her whole life and she starts to realize that maybe she has no one to blame for her situation but herself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah H on October 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm not usually one for verse novels. But then again, FMN is not your average general high school, melodramatic fiction.

There's ghosts involved. Lots of them.

Plus, what's not intriguing about that pitch, I mean, really? Not to mention Ms. Dean does not fail to disappoint. There are plot twists, not necessarily your boring character arch where it's like, "MC's life is good. Then it sucks. Then it's good and there's a happy ending 'cause they've found the meaning of life is 42." No, this isn't like that. At all. It was actually fairly awesome. Or as awesome as any book about death and your stereotypical high school could be.

Not to mention Elijah is just freaking awesome. I love that kid. (Oh, you get to read some of his POV in the book too, but it totally goes with the story. Promise.)

The Hangman's also a fun character. Actually, they're all fun and interesting characters. Except for Darla. No one liked her in Nemo, and no one likes her here. Can we just agree that Darla's never going to be an enjoyable character no matter how old or adorable you can make her?

But again, I'd recommend it. Not my usual cup of tea, but it was a good read to get out of my comfort zone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Uniquely Moi Books on June 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Forget Me Not is deep, twisting around life, hidden secrets of reality, and the truth. We meet Ally who isn't quite what you would suspect. Yes, she is an average girl, but when she meets the others in the hallway at school that is off limits, she finds herself learning more and more, all the while ending up more confused with the riddles and games the others around her like to play.

It's Elijah that might be able to make a real difference in Ally's life. He's been in that hallway and has escaped it and the evil that resides there. He knows first hand what Ally is about to give her life to. He knows that she's about to make the biggest mistake ever. Elijah is her only hope of survival, but she has to want it.

If you love novels that are written in verse, this one's for you.
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