Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Forget Me Not
Author: Carolee Dean
Info: Simon Pulse, copyright 2012, 384 pages
Ally is devastated when a scandalous photo of her is texted around school. With her reputation in shambles and her life essentially over, she hides out in a back hallway, trying to figure out where everything went wrong.
Elijah has spent time in that hallway too. He landed there after taking a whole bottle of sleeping pills. Now he can see ghosts, and he knows what Ally has yet to suspect—that she’s already half dead, and one choice away from never coming back. Elijah has loved Ally for years and would do anything to save her from the in-between place. But if she’s going to live, Ally must face her inner demons and find the will to save herself.
Another rocking novel-in-verse! This particular title did an amazing job switching up formats, using poetry not only to convey the story, but creating a visually interesting layout as well, and found creative devices to actually include some dialogue. Oh dialogue! That is one thing I definitely miss in non-prose formats. It's also a heartbreaking, yet hopeful, tale about bullying, suicide, and the courage to live. Not that heartbreaking books about bullying are awesome, but the author does an amazing job approaching the topic in a fresh way.
The Not So Awesome
There was quite a bit back and forth between Ally and Elijah. Sometimes it was difficult remembering who was speaking, because at times, their voices were very similar. I would have enjoyed a bit more from the perspective of the bully and Ally's friends who turned against her, but that's just because of personal interest.
This is a book I would definitely recommend to the teen crowd at my library. The verse format was accessible and the plot intriguing. It also opens the door for a great conversation on bullying, manipulation, and the potential evils of popularity and peer pressure.
Well done Carolee Dean.