Sunday, October 28, 2012

Forget Me Not by Carolee Dean

Forget Me Not by Carolee Dean
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse

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. -
This was totally not what I was expecting but I was pleasantly surprised.  Again, I'm not much of a fan of the stories told in verse, as I've said before.  I've found maybe three or four that I like, and this one has to be another exception.

I was a little surprised when I discovered what was really going on in this story.  It took me a few chapters before I caught on, but once I did, I thought the idea was intriguing and different and I liked it.  I liked Ally as a character, but I especially liked Elijah.  He was really the brightest spot in the story.  I loved how patient he was, how steadfast he was in trying to help Ally.

Ally was sad and broken, but I also enjoyed watching her come out of that, grow some guts and start to live again. 

This was definitely one of those stories about finding inner strength and battling your demons.  It's a very fast read, and the pacing was great.  The language was at times very beautiful.  All in all, I'd say this one was very very good.


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