I really did not like Ellery very much. She seemed totally obsessed with her own pain and didn’t seem to notice anything that was going on around her. I didn’t really understand why Colter and her other friends would want to hang around her.
I also would have liked to have more of a back story on the relationship between Ellery and her father. It felt like there was more of a back story there that never materialized.
My Final Verdict…
I think this novel did a great job of realistically portraying what goes on in the head of someone with both survivor guilt and depression. Ellery acted in a way that many teenagers would have acted given her circumstances. The story also shows how those that are contemplating suicide manipulate and hurt the ones around them.
I did enjoy the overall story. I also thought, ‘Teach Me to Forget’ offers a unique perspective on a very important subject.
What I Loved…
‘Teach Me to Forget’ really gets inside Ellery’s head and demonstrates how painful and powerful both grief and depression can be. The story slowly (through flashbacks) tells the story of Ellery’s relationship with her sister. The story also tells what loosing Tate did to both Ellery and her family.
I did love the characters of Colter and Janie. I also thought the romance element between Colter and Ellery was both sweet and realistic.