Thursday, December 8, 2016
Review of Teach Me to Forget by Erica Chapman
Thank you to Merit Press for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review.
Erica wants to die, she has a plan, but when the gun doesn't work after several attempts she decides she has to return it and make a new plan. However, she mistakenly returns to Kmart instead of Walmart and she ended up having to talk to the security who just happens to be Colter, a boy from her school. Colter knows something is off, and he sets off to figure out what is going with Ellery.
Ellery makes a new plan, this one more appropriate or fitting as she feels. But, Colter won't leave her alone and as she gets to know him she realizes he has a deeply personal reason for trying to help her. Meanwhile, Ellery attempts to get Dean, a boy she knew as a child, to not kill himself. Colter is working overtime to figure out what is going on with Ellery and stop her.
As Halloween approaches Ellery and Colter are in a struggle to see if he can get her stop her plan. Will Ellery let go of the guilt? Will Colter be able to reach her?
This is a powerful story about guilt and exploration of some of the reasons that drive people to commit suicide. It had me hooked from the start. I couldn't stop reading and rooting for Ellery. My heart broke for her once I fully realized why she felt so badly about her little sister's death.
Colter was amazing as he tried, but didn't push to reach her and when he gave her a deadline and then took other measures despite how he felt about her. It was powerful, this showed both sides of the story, how people who have been affected by suicide feel and how people who want to end it feel.
Erica really wants a full story and she delivers, I was on the edge of my seat and like a train wreck, I couldn't stop reading. I had to know, and I wasn't sure what was going to happen. A beautiful book filled with an important message.