Thursday, July 3, 2014
Forget Me Not, by Carolee Dean
Forget Me Not is written in verse, and it focuses on two main characters: Ally and Elijah. The book opens with Ally in a dark hallway in an abandoned wing of her high school. She is hiding out because a scandalous photo of her has gone viral and her reputation has taken a major nose-dive. With the single click of a "send" button, she has gone from an up and coming freshman girl on the cusp of major popularity, to a whore--a girl that "wants to sleep with the entire football team." Everything is so convoluted and upside-down that she can't imagine ever facing anyone again. So she hides....or at least, that's what it seems like she'd doing...until things get very weird in that hallway, and she realizes that she's not hiding there--she's there for an entirely different reason
Elijah has also spent some time in that same dark hallway in the same abandoned wing of the high school, after trying to kill himself by overdosing on pills. His mission has a singular focus: Get Ally out of that hallway at any cost.
Ally finds herself with the biggest decision of her mortal--and immortal, life. She has to decide whether she lives. Or dies. And her time to make that decision is limited.
Fans of If I Stay, by Gayle Forman will undoubtedly be drawn to this one, as the main premise is similar. (Think comatose patient forced to make a choice)
I have to be honest and say that I was far more impressed with the quality of writing than I was with the storyline. I especially enjoyed reading the author's notes at the end, describing the different poetry styles used in different parts of the book. That being said, I would definitely recommend this book to many of my students--especially fans of (paranormal) novels in verse.