Teach Me to Forget

artistWhat makes a teen decide to take his or her own life? In this novel by Erica M. Chapman, seventeen year old Ellery is tired of carrying around the guilt she has for causing her younger sister’s death. The reader does not know the full story until the last part of the novel, when the traumatic event is described by Ellery to a boy that she has fallen in love with, Colter. She feels that she doesn’t deserve to live after what happened, but begins to waver in her decision to die, especially after a once close friend actually goes ahead with his own decision to commit suicide. A heartfelt portrayal of a teen’s struggle, this is recommended for grades 9 and up.

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