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Forget Me Not Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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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.Read more ›
Even if you are put off by the "teen" label, don't. Most people thought Twilight was nothing but a teen book, and while this has some of those characteristics, this is VERY DIFFERENT and a lot better!!
Amazing piece of work :)
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.Read more ›
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.
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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My students love this book! It is so great to be able to expose them to poetry that they can connect with and enjoy.Published 17 months ago by Rebekah Glenn
Forget Me Not was an amazing fresh take on the touchy topic of suicide, peer pressure, and more. Forget Me Not shows the real problems real teenagers face in today's world, and... Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by Mckenzie T.
What a wonderful novel! I've read a number of novels written in verse, and this is one of the best. Dean includes a comment on her poems in the back which I also interesting and... Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Andrea