Saturday, April 19, 2014

Review: Forget Me Not by Carolee Dean

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Purchased
Pages: 374
Series: Standalone
Release Date: October 2, 2012

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.

The first thing you will notice about this book is that it is written in interwoven verse narratives. I have tried reading other book that were written like this, but I never could get through them. For some reason, this book was different. I was able to fly through this book in 2 days. This book was very thought provoking, emotional, and sad. It definitely explored the darker side to life.

At first I was apprehensive about the paranormal aspect of this book. After reading it, I realized that it worked really well and I ended up really enjoying. This book focuses on a lot of things that happen in a teenagers life. There are many teenagers in high school that get bullied. There were a lot of things that happened to Ally that really hit a nerve and made me want to cry. It's so crazy how mean teenagers can be to one another. I liked how the author also explored the lives of the bullies and showed how they can also have problems of their own.

All of the characters are interesting and unique. Ally was popular and on the dance team. She hungout with people who were not truly her best friends. In the beginning of the book, she was selfish and spiteful. Throughout the book she grew a lot and ended up being a way better person. 

Elijah has always had a crush on Ally. When she ends up in the haunted hallways, he tries his best to help her.  

I thought it was really neat how the author switched between different types of poetry. I also like how she used scripts that would be in a play to illustrate Ally's time in the haunted hallway. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. If you like reading stories that will touch your heart, this book definitely will do that! 

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