- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (August 20, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442432551
- ISBN-13: 978-1442432550
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forget Me Not Paperback – August 20, 2013
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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 CaroleeDean.com.
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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 :)
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. It shows popular people how they could be at the top one day and bottom the next. It also shows them that they don't have to be perfect to be popular, and that they don't have to do what everyone else says to be or stay popular. It helps not-so-popular people see that it isn't always so bright from the "top" of the popularity chain. Any teen who likes dark stories or paranormal stories will enjoy it as well. Overall, it is just a good read. I am giving it 5 stars instead of only four because I could not put it down, and I really can't get it out of my mind. Those are two qualities of 5-star books to me.
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.
While the story is a bit depressing, it's never too heavy. There were times when I felt like crying over all the bad things that happened not just to Ally and Elijah but to the rest of the characters, including the ghosts. Things were never quite what they seemed on the surface and Carolee Dean really explored how even some of the people that appear the happiest can be hiding quite a bit. It was an interesting look at all the different classes in high school.
Overall, Forget Me Not is a book not to be missed. After reading this one I will definitely have to check out Carolee Dean's previous books and I really hope she writes some more books in verse!
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.