Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

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by Carolee Dean
     
 

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From the author of Take Me There, a fast-paced novel in verse about a girl caught between life and death—and the boy who will do anything to save her.

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

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From the author of Take Me There, a fast-paced novel in verse about a girl caught between life and death—and the boy who will do anything to save her.

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.

Told in interwoven verse narratives, this crushingly honest and poetic “blend of fantasy and potent reality succeeds” (Kirkus Reviews).

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Courtney Huse Wika
Ally finds herself in the haunted hallway at her high school, hiding from something she cannot remember. Then memories start to come back to her in snatches: a secret relationship, a broken heart, a bottle of pills, a fight with her dad, a picture texted to the entire school, the slurs and the bullying, the hideout roof at the school, and then nothing. Now she is invisible except to the other kids who have escaped to the hallway: the sister, the Hangman, and the doomed lovers. Ally thinks she is lost forever until Elijah sees her and tries to free her from the darkness of the hallway. He knows it well, having spent time there after overdosing on pills; since then he has been able to see the dead and the almost-dead. Now he is determined to help Ally find her way back before it is too late. To do so, she will have to face what led her to the roof and what really happened that night. Told in verse and in alternating narrative chapters, Forget Me Not is a gripping, emotional read. Ally and Elijah are well-imagined characters whose stories ring with the truth of the all-too-frequent teen suicide news reports. Chronicling the daily struggles of many adolescents attempting to navigate the politics of high schools amid the bullying and its intensification through text messaging and social networking, the book asks readers: Are the bullies and mean girls worth dying for? Is there still hope, even in pain? Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Told from alternating perspectives, this novel in verse and screenplay begins with freshman Ally recounting her story about joining the dance team, becoming popular overnight, and then quickly losing it all when a photo of her in bed with Davis, the boyfriend of her school's queen bee, goes viral. Ally has no one to talk to; her "friends" on the dance team shun her; her father is emotionally unavailable; her best friend, Brianna, (Davis's sister) dumps her; and Elijah, the boy who's been in love with her for years, thinks Ally wants nothing to do with a "loser" like him. Not realizing that there's more to her feeling of disconnection than she understands, Ally hides herself in a haunted school hallway; there she meets the Hangman and several other ghosts who attempt to get her to stay with them forever. But Elijah begins trying to make Ally accept that she can face her classmates and begin an emotional and physical recovery. Ally's need for attention and adoration seems all too real, and the way she is undone is all too commonplace in today's schools where bullying and name-calling are made eerily simple through technology. However, too many scenes with the ghosts create a disruption from the otherwise well-written story, and other scenes and elements become a bit hackneyed and or clichéd. This timely story has promise in its first half, but ultimately falls flat.—Lauren Newman, Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School, East Columbus, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
A novel in verse tells the intertwined stories of teen classmates Ally and Elijah as they deal with the pressures of high school and the consequences of deadly decisions. When a sexual photo of Ally is maliciously spread across her school, it tips off a cascade of horrific events that lead Ally to her school's rooftop for what she believes to be her only escape. Upon her decision to kill herself, Ally finds herself trapped in her school's deserted humanities hallway. H Hall, as it is known, is a sort of fantastical holding zone populated by ghoulish classmates that have all died at the school via various, mostly suicidal means. Having made a similar decision--and lived to regret it--Elijah helps Ally escape from H Hall and attempts to guide her toward a second chance at life. However, Ally soon learns that for this chance, she must decide if she can live with the pain of her reality. The novel unflinchingly incorporates serious topics of depressions, rape, alcohol and drug abuse, bullying and suicide as common components of high school. This blend of fantasy and potent reality succeeds. (Fiction. 13-18)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442432550
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
08/20/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
710,962
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

I CAME TO THE HALLWAY

because

I wanted to live.

Deliberately.

No, wait.

That was Thoreau.

I came to the hallway

alone,

while the dew

was still on the roses.

Forget that.

I never liked old hymns.

Besides, it’s almost winter

and the roses are

gone

like Thoreau.

I came in peace.

Then I came

to pieces.

Don’t bullshit yourself, Ally.

You came to the hallway

because you didn’t

have anywhere

else to go.

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