Review: Forget Me Not by Carolee Dean

Title: Forget Me Not
Author: Carolee Dean
Publication: October 2nd 2012 by Simon Pulse
Genre: YA Verse
Source: Owned

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 exploration of pain and redemption will appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins.

-- My Rating --

3/5 Oscars: liked it

-- My Thoughts --

     I have never read a YA novel in verse. I have not really read any novel in verse. And I have read no poetry collection in English, whatsoever. So, when I found out that this was a verse novel, I was pleasantly surprised.
     You cannot really expect me to give a summery of this one. But Carolee Dean has included every single aspect in a teenagers life. Nothing was missing from the novel in that aspect. I love poetry. I love writing it. But most of my poems are rhymes. So, the free verses in this novel were definitely new and enchanting to me. You know a book is special when you finish it in one setting, without any breaks.
     Some of the chapters in this book are almost like screenplays, which were even more unique. Elijah and Ali are two very unique characters. I never thought I could actually feel so much for characters who I have only known through verse. I was so surprised. 
     This novel evolved a new love in me. A love for verse novels. Novels that I will be looking out for from now on. Every single YA verse is one to be loved. You definitely have to take some time to read these enchanting feelings and captivating memories in Carolee Dean's verses.


  1. My little sister read this a little while ago and loved it. I really like Ellen Hopkin's verse books and I'm interested to try more like this novel. Thanks for the review!

  2. I'm a bit prejudiced to be honest. I did pick up one of (I think) Ellen Hopkin's books, but when I saw it was in verse, I just couldn't get myself to read it. I'm glad you found out a new passion though! :) Books can do that to a person, it's so awesome!


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