Skip to main content

Teach Me To Forget

Review

Teach Me To Forget

Most teenagers look forward to their birthdays, proms and vacations. Ellery looks forward to the day she has chosen to commit suicide. After battling depression for a year, she has decided she just wants it all to go away. But when the gun breaks during her attempt to use it, all her plans go down the drain. Frantic, she drives to the Kmart nearby in order to return the defective gun for a new one. Only one problem: she has the wrong receipt and is caught by the security guard who just happens to be in her English class.

"TEACH ME TO FORGET is a must-read novel from debut author Erica M. Chapman that will have readers cherishing the lives of the people they love just a little bit more."

Astonishingly, Colter knows why Ellery bought the gun. After watching his brother fight depression and lose, Colter is determined to save Ellery. What begins as a rescue mission develops into something more as Ellery and Colter both struggle through the events of their past. But what Colter doesn’t know is that Ellery already has another plan in place to end her life, and it’s just a matter of time until she follows through.

TEACH ME TO FORGET by Erica M. Chapman will leave readers thinking about the characters’ stories long after the last page. Ellery, the main character, is morbid at times, but humorous. She has a dark backstory that would have anyone struggling to see the good in their lives. Colter Sawyer, the security guard who takes on the role of ensuring Ellery’s safety, appears tough at first. Readers soon learn he’s a goofy, endearing and protective boy who has had his own struggles but has risen above them. Both Ellery and Colter are insanely stubborn about their views, which creates conflict between them.

Erica M. Chapman keeps the plot rolling with scenes that delve deeper into the characters and their motives. It is impossible to get bored with Ellery and Colter’s story. With the question of whether Ellery will follow through with her planned suicide plaguing readers throughout the novel, it will not take long for individuals to get to the end. Erica M. Chapman manages to tackle a very difficult topic in this novel, but does so tactfully and inserts bits of humor that help to lighten the mood. Overall, TEACH ME TO FORGET is a must-read novel from debut author Erica M. Chapman that will have readers cherishing the lives of the people they love just a little bit more.

Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board Member on January 4, 2017

Teach Me To Forget
by Erica M. Chapman

  • Publication Date: December 2, 2016
  • Genres: Fiction, Friendship
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Merit Press
  • ISBN-10: 1440594570
  • ISBN-13: 9781440594571