Forget Me Not
A girl with Tourette syndrome starts a new school and tries to hide her quirks in this debut middle-grade novel in verse.Calliope June has Tourette syndrome. Sometimes she can't control the noises that come out of her mouth, or even her body language. When she and her mother move yet again, she tries to hide her TS. But soon the kids in her class realize she's different. Only her neighbor, who is also the class president, sees her as she truly is—a quirky kid, and a good friend. But is he brave enough to take their friendship public? As Callie navigates school, she must also face her mother's new relationship and the fact that she might be moving again—just as she's starting to make friends and finally accept her differences. This story of being true to yourself will speak to a wide audience.

Forget Me Not Details

TitleForget Me Not
Author
FormatHardcover
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 14th, 2017
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
ISBN1250096278
ISBN-139781250096272
Number of pages336 pages
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Contemporary, Poetry, Young Adult

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Forget Me Not Review

  • Amanda
    July 17, 2015
    This is a book you don't want to miss. Simple, and beautiful, and heartfelt. You'll laugh, and cheer, and sigh, get angry, maybe even cry. The poetry is fantastic and the story is worth reading no matter you're age.
  • Sara
    August 26, 2015
    Oh, this book. This book is beautiful. This book is made up of "hope and light and wonder." I will not forget these characters and this book and how it filled my heart.
  • Stephanie Elliot
    June 13, 2016
    Lyrical and lovely, you will not soon forget FORGET ME NOT when you read this tale of friendship and family. Told partly in verse (Calli's POV) and also in regular form from Jinsong's POV we see their new friendship blossom when Calli moves to Jinsong's neighborhood. Calli tries to fit in but it's difficult for her as she has Tourette's and tries to hide the tics and twists of her face -- and she deals with taunts and teasing from classmates. Ellie Terry writes so poetically, this story will cap Lyrical and lovely, you will not soon forget FORGET ME NOT when you read this tale of friendship and family. Told partly in verse (Calli's POV) and also in regular form from Jinsong's POV we see their new friendship blossom when Calli moves to Jinsong's neighborhood. Calli tries to fit in but it's difficult for her as she has Tourette's and tries to hide the tics and twists of her face -- and she deals with taunts and teasing from classmates. Ellie Terry writes so poetically, this story will capture the hearts of young readers and adults who love a beautifully told story. FORGET ME NOT touches upon How to Be A Friend, What Makes a Family, Bullying, Neurological Disorders, and Astronomy. It also is about being different, and finding ways to fit in, or in Calli's case, stand out, despite her differences!
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  • Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
    March 17, 2017
    ~*Full review here on The Bent Bookworm!*~Ancient Greeks called the planetsplanetoibecause it means “wanderers,”and because planets don’t stayinonefixedplacethey’re constantly moving,wandering between the stars,like me.Calliope June has Tourette’s Syndrome. She also has either an extremely heartbroken or extremely immature mother, I can’t decide which. I waffled between feeling sorry for her mom, or being absolutely furious with her. Regardless, Cassie has lived in 10 different places in the pas ~*Full review here on The Bent Bookworm!*~Ancient Greeks called the planetsplanetoibecause it means “wanderers,”and because planets don’t stayinonefixedplacethey’re constantly moving,wandering between the stars,like me.Calliope June has Tourette’s Syndrome. She also has either an extremely heartbroken or extremely immature mother, I can’t decide which. I waffled between feeling sorry for her mom, or being absolutely furious with her. Regardless, Cassie has lived in 10 different places in the past 9 years. Every time her mom breaks up with a guy, they move. With no warning. While Callie recognizes that her mom loves her, she also slowly comes to see that she is also wrong in some of the ways she “shows” her love. I was really happy when, towards the end, Cassie found the inner strength to confront her mother about some of those things.Callie’s tics cause her a lot of embarrassment. She tries so hard to control them, but that only seems to make them worse. Her consciousness of them and yet the constant betrayal by her body were very eye-opening. I’ve never known anyone with TS and my only real media exposure is the bartender in The Boondocks Saints. It’s sad that there isn’t more education on this condition and that so much fun is made of it. The kids at Callie’s school never thought twice, and even her own mother is embarrassed by it. HER MOTHER! Callie is embarrassed enough, she certainly doesn’t need anyone telling her to try to stop, or hide her tics. Despite all that, she is such a huge-hearted person and continues to pick herself up and continue on. Sure, she has emotional moments – but we all do, and most of us don’t struggle with a health condition that has our own body backfiring on us every second of every day.I loved the verse in this book – and I am so, SO far from being a poetry person. In fact, when I first saw that this book was written in verse I nearly didn’t look any further because of that. But I was intrigued by the concept, and I’ve never read anything that had a character with TS, so I read the excerpt on Amazon and I had to have the rest of the book RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. Turns out that there are two points of view in the story: Callie’s, the verse, and Jinsong’s, the prose. It works beautifully. The verse feels like a stream-of-consciousness narration.The characters took me back to middle school. Callie and Jinsong are so very real. Jinsong made me angry for awhile, because even though he likes Callie at first he feels too embarrassed by her to stand up for her. It was really sickening…but he grows. He finds his backbone, and his heart, and it’s just the most adorable thing ever.My heart broke for Callie the entire way through the book. The amount of resilience and tenacity she shows is incredible. Even when the very person who should help her and care for her the most barely gives her the time of day. Also, kids are so, so MEAN. I loved that as embarrassed and hurt as she would sometimes be though, Callie still found it in her to fight back.“They all have friendship lockets.Every girl at Black Ridge has one,except you.”I glance at Beatriz’s neck.“And you.”BURN, baby, burn.This was a phenomenal book. I really felt like the author put us right into Callie’s shoes. The writing was flawless – not once did I feel jolted out of the story by any sort of author intervention, and the ending…well. My heart broke into a thousand pieces. But it’s worth it! It fits. And there is hope, because Callie is not the sort of person to let her condition or her mother stop her.There are a lot of quotes from the book that I would love to share. I bookmarked SO many. But I really think this is one you need to go read for yourself. So please, go buy a copy or request your library to buy one!Blog | Twitter | Bloglovin | Instagram | Google+
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  • Melissa
    October 24, 2015
    I was given an ARC of FORGET ME NOT in exchange for an honest review. This gorgeously written novel-in-verse tells the story of Calliope June, an astronomy-loving seventh grader who is struggling with Tourette syndrome. What makes Calli's struggle even greater is that she has been instructed by her flighty but well intentioned mom - as well as by her doctor - to keep her Tourette's a secret. This, Calli discovers, is easier said than done, especially when her tics present themselves at school an I was given an ARC of FORGET ME NOT in exchange for an honest review. This gorgeously written novel-in-verse tells the story of Calliope June, an astronomy-loving seventh grader who is struggling with Tourette syndrome. What makes Calli's struggle even greater is that she has been instructed by her flighty but well intentioned mom - as well as by her doctor - to keep her Tourette's a secret. This, Calli discovers, is easier said than done, especially when her tics present themselves at school and interfere with her interactions with her classmates - including her crush, the popular student-body president. A heart-warming tale of acceptance, self-love, and the meaning of unconditional friendship.
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  • Corabel Shofner
    October 14, 2015
    Forget Not Callie June Snow or Ellie Terry for telling her lovely story.The story of Calli and her TourettesThe story of Calli and her mother, a woman who is particularly ill equipped to handle Calli’s condition. The story of Calli moving to a new school, again, because of the failure of her mother’s love life.The story of Calli and her lovely long hair.The story of Calli and JinsongThe story of Jinsong’s fear of what his friends will think if he befriends the strange new girl.The lyrical story Forget Not Callie June Snow or Ellie Terry for telling her lovely story.The story of Calli and her TourettesThe story of Calli and her mother, a woman who is particularly ill equipped to handle Calli’s condition. The story of Calli moving to a new school, again, because of the failure of her mother’s love life.The story of Calli and her lovely long hair.The story of Calli and JinsongThe story of Jinsong’s fear of what his friends will think if he befriends the strange new girl.The lyrical story of mindless cruelty and love, acceptance and courage, and ferris wheels and flowers. Did I mention flowers?
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  • Rebecca
    February 20, 2016
    Oh my goodness, this was fantastic. FORGET ME NOT is everything I love in a middle-grade novel: characters you want to cuddle, compelling relationships, and quirkiness. The verse format works perfectly. I want to get posters made of some of Calliope's poems. Also, the name "Calliope" -- did you know it isn't pronounced "Cally-ope"? It's "Cal-eye-oh-pee"! I had no idea, but now it's one of my favourite names! All because of an extraordinary girl named Calliope June.
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  • Dusti Bowling
    March 23, 2017
    I read this lovely book in one sitting on a plane ride. The writing was so beautiful, especially the parts in verse. Ellie Terry did such an amazing job of describing Tourette syndrome and all of the symptoms, anxieties, fears, embarrassments, and pains that go with the disorder. And it's no surprise that she did as she has Tourette syndrome herself. I'm so glad there is a children's book out there in the world with such an accurate portrayal of TS. Hopefully this book will help bring light to t I read this lovely book in one sitting on a plane ride. The writing was so beautiful, especially the parts in verse. Ellie Terry did such an amazing job of describing Tourette syndrome and all of the symptoms, anxieties, fears, embarrassments, and pains that go with the disorder. And it's no surprise that she did as she has Tourette syndrome herself. I'm so glad there is a children's book out there in the world with such an accurate portrayal of TS. Hopefully this book will help bring light to this misunderstood, and often misrepresented, disorder. Add in beautiful writing and an engaging storyline, and I will be recommending this book to absolutely everyone.
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  • Ruth Lehrer
    August 31, 2015
    I received a free ARC of this lovely 2017 book. FORGET ME NOT is a lyrical novel that takes its place in the growing shelf of middle grade novels in verse. Told in two voices, the poems incorporate a rhythm that mimics the tics and OCD of the main character's disability, Tourette's Syndrome. Despite the inclusion of Calliope June's disability, I like that Tourette's isn't Calliope's biggest and only problem. The variety of poems— concrete poems, sound poems, list poems—lead us through her experi I received a free ARC of this lovely 2017 book. FORGET ME NOT is a lyrical novel that takes its place in the growing shelf of middle grade novels in verse. Told in two voices, the poems incorporate a rhythm that mimics the tics and OCD of the main character's disability, Tourette's Syndrome. Despite the inclusion of Calliope June's disability, I like that Tourette's isn't Calliope's biggest and only problem. The variety of poems— concrete poems, sound poems, list poems—lead us through her experience of parental neglect, making friends and losing friends.Forget Me Not is a disability positive book about not being able to pass for "normal" and coming to terms with it. It's about finding your voice. The relationship people with disabilities have with doctors, the "professionals," is complicated. Calliope is lucky she received a diagnosis from her doctor and feels relief that she knows the reason for her tics. All the adults I have personally known with Tourette's Syndrome spent years wondering what was "wrong" with them and only found out later in life. On the other hand, Calliope June realizes the oppression her doctor is perpetuating and finally rebels against his advice to keep her Tourette's a secret. So glad this book will be available to everyone in 2017!
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  • K.A.
    January 6, 2017
    THIS BOOK. I loved everything about this beautifully written, sweet, gentle, fierce, heart-clenching story of a Calli and Jinsong. Such truth and realness. I zipped right through. Didn't want to stop. And that ending--perfect! I so wish I had this book as a girl. Highly recommended.
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  • Tricia Levenseller
    September 28, 2015
    I was blown away. The writing is beautiful. The story itself even more beautiful. Terry is a new voice in middle grade that must not be missed.
  • Jessica Samuel
    March 26, 2017
    I adored this book!!! It reminded me of Flipped which I also really liked! Wonderful story!
  • Rebecca Ross
    October 3, 2016
    I was so excited to be able to read an ARC of Ellie Terry's debut! It came in the mail and I sat down one evening and did not rise from the chair until I had devoured the entire thing. I LOVE reading books in verse. There's something magical about them--I don't know if it's seeing how an author artistically places words on a page, or maybe how each word flows into the next like a current in a river--but I'm always in awe when I see it done, because I know writing a story in verse is HARD. I abso I was so excited to be able to read an ARC of Ellie Terry's debut! It came in the mail and I sat down one evening and did not rise from the chair until I had devoured the entire thing. I LOVE reading books in verse. There's something magical about them--I don't know if it's seeing how an author artistically places words on a page, or maybe how each word flows into the next like a current in a river--but I'm always in awe when I see it done, because I know writing a story in verse is HARD. I absolutely don't think I could do it, but Terry makes it effortless and beautiful.This is Calli's story, a seventh grader who has Tourette's Syndrome, who loves her rock collection and knows everything about the moon, who favorite month is June because it makes her think of her fondest memory with her dad, whose mom is constantly moving from city to city. The moves are hard on Calli--as soon as she gets settled into a new place, a new school, her mom has her up and moving again. So when Calli meets Jinsong, her neighbor and classmate at her latest school, she hopes that they can become friends. But Calli is desperately trying to conceal her tics from everyone at her new school, because her mom and doctor have told her to keep her Tourettes a secret. This results in her being made fun of, bullied, and ostracized, until Calli learns something that will change the way she sees herself (which you will have to read to find out!). We also get a few chapters from Jinsong's POV, which is told in prose. I absolutely loved Jinsong and the transformation he goes through. I think it provides a marvelous balance to Calli's story in verse, for Calli and Jinsong both go through different challenges and struggles, but they both come to the same beautiful and brave conclusion. Highly recommended!
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  • Ms. Yingling
    February 26, 2017
    ARC from Baker and TaylorCalli' mother moves every time she breaks up with a boyfriend. This time, Calli meets a neighbor boy, Jin, who seems nice. Since she has Tourette's Syndrome but has been instructed to never tell anyone, Calli has a hard time fitting in. She wears odd vintage clothing to try to deflect attention, but it doesn't work. Jin like her and wants to be nice to her, but doesn't want his friends to make fun of him. Calli eventually manages to tell her teacher about her condition a ARC from Baker and TaylorCalli' mother moves every time she breaks up with a boyfriend. This time, Calli meets a neighbor boy, Jin, who seems nice. Since she has Tourette's Syndrome but has been instructed to never tell anyone, Calli has a hard time fitting in. She wears odd vintage clothing to try to deflect attention, but it doesn't work. Jin like her and wants to be nice to her, but doesn't want his friends to make fun of him. Calli eventually manages to tell her teacher about her condition and gets a little more understanding, but then her mother moves yet again. The chapters from Calli's perspective are in verse, but Jin's are in prose.Strengths: There is a lot of good information about what it is like to have Tourette's. The author's note states that her experience with the condition is similar to Calli's, and that she herself was told not to tell people that was what was causing her difficulties. The friendship between Calli and Jin is endearing. Weaknesses: This is definitely a sad book, and Calli's mother is very dysfunctional. I have had students with Tourette's, and even twenty years ago they told the school what their challenges were, so I don't know that this book illustrates what usually happens in schools today. Also, I'd love to know where Calli shops, because it's hard to find vintage clothing in tween sizes!What I really think: Think I will pass, although I would like to see a character with Tourette's in a book, although perhaps not a book in verse.
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  • Kelly deVos
    February 21, 2017
    When I heard that Ellie Terry had written a middle grade novel in verse that follows a girl with Tourette Syndrome, I thought, "How is that going to work?" In fact, Terry makes it work marvelously well. The verse portions that deal with Calliope June's move to a new school, her relationship with her mother's new boyfriend and her struggle to fit in are just so beautiful and so moving. FORGET ME NOT somehow manages to tell a strong story, be poetic and maintain an authentic MG voice.Perfect, topi When I heard that Ellie Terry had written a middle grade novel in verse that follows a girl with Tourette Syndrome, I thought, "How is that going to work?" In fact, Terry makes it work marvelously well. The verse portions that deal with Calliope June's move to a new school, her relationship with her mother's new boyfriend and her struggle to fit in are just so beautiful and so moving. FORGET ME NOT somehow manages to tell a strong story, be poetic and maintain an authentic MG voice.Perfect, topical, reading for middle graders or for anyone who wants to spend an afternoon with a gorgeous piece of writing. Even if you feel intimidated by the idea of a verse novel, give FORGET ME NOT a read. You will be so glad you did.
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  • Rosalyn Eves
    October 9, 2016
    This was a lovely gem of a middle grade verse novel. 12 year-old Calliope June lives with a free-spirited mother who is a serial monogamist, and each break-up necessitates moving to a new location. Starting a new school every few months, but for Calli, who struggles to hide her Tourette's syndrome, these moves are agonizing. But at her newest school, she makes a new friend and learns to embrace what's unique about her.I loved Calli's voice--the snippets of poetry were lovely and heart-breaking a This was a lovely gem of a middle grade verse novel. 12 year-old Calliope June lives with a free-spirited mother who is a serial monogamist, and each break-up necessitates moving to a new location. Starting a new school every few months, but for Calli, who struggles to hide her Tourette's syndrome, these moves are agonizing. But at her newest school, she makes a new friend and learns to embrace what's unique about her.I loved Calli's voice--the snippets of poetry were lovely and heart-breaking and hopeful. And Terry, who was diagnosed as an adult with Tourette's syndrome, presents her with careful sensitivity. An important book for children and adults.
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  • Alexandra Ott
    February 15, 2016
    This book is so, so beautiful. I read it in one sitting, as it's told mostly in verse, and I absolutely adored it. It's about making friendships and losing them, about accepting oneself, about finding one's voice. Calli is an incredibly endearing protagonist; she struggles with her Tourette's and attempts to make friends as her mother constantly moves them from one place to another. The poetry is absolutely gorgeous, and Calli's story is lyrical, lovely, and heartfelt. It resonated so deeply wit This book is so, so beautiful. I read it in one sitting, as it's told mostly in verse, and I absolutely adored it. It's about making friendships and losing them, about accepting oneself, about finding one's voice. Calli is an incredibly endearing protagonist; she struggles with her Tourette's and attempts to make friends as her mother constantly moves them from one place to another. The poetry is absolutely gorgeous, and Calli's story is lyrical, lovely, and heartfelt. It resonated so deeply with me, and I can't wait until it's released in 2017 so that I can read a finished copy and share it with everyone I know. Highly recommend.
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  • Darcy Miller
    March 30, 2016
    Ellie Terry's FORGET ME NOT is as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the outside; beautiful, unique, and completely unforgettable. I fell in love with Calliope on the first page, and tore through the book in one sitting. I'm guessing you will, too!
  • Destiny
    December 29, 2016
    I've never read a novel in verse before and now I want to read more! This was beautiful, witty, emotional and with a voice that sucks you in from page one! LOVED this book!
  • Kim
    March 16, 2017
    This book was provided to me by the library, because the library is awesome.Astronomy-loving Calliope June has Tourette syndrome, so she sometimes makes faces or noises that she doesn't mean to make. When she and her mother move yet again, she tries to hide her TS. But it isn't long before the kids at her new school realize she's different. Only Calliope's neighbor, who is also the popular student body president, sees her as she truly is--an interesting person and a good friend. But is he brave This book was provided to me by the library, because the library is awesome.Astronomy-loving Calliope June has Tourette syndrome, so she sometimes makes faces or noises that she doesn't mean to make. When she and her mother move yet again, she tries to hide her TS. But it isn't long before the kids at her new school realize she's different. Only Calliope's neighbor, who is also the popular student body president, sees her as she truly is--an interesting person and a good friend. But is he brave enough to take their friendship public?As Calliope navigates school, she must also face her mother's new relationship and the fact that they might be moving--again--just as she starts to make friends and finally accept her differences.Ellie Terry's affecting debut will speak to a wide audience about being true to oneself.Forget Me Not is an excellent debut novel by Ellie Terry. The fact that Ms. Terry has Tourette’s Syndrome makes this fictional account even more moving. Our main character, Calli, makes my heart hurt. On top of having to deal with her tics and how her peers respond to them, she also has a mother who doesn’t really try to understand her. When we meet the Snow family, they are making their tenth move, and Calli is only in 7th grade. My family moved a lot, so I can sympathize with her “nowhere to belong” feelings. Additionally, she’s been told by her neurologist and her mother not to share the fact that she has Tourette’s, because they say people will get the wrong idea. Between her condition, not being able to talk about her condition, coping with bullies, and having a mother who is oblivious, this child has so much bottled up inside of her, that I’m surprised she held on to it as long as she did. I would recommend this book to anyone with a 4th grade or higher reading level, and especially to anyone who may know or work with a child with Tourette’s. I learned things from this book that will affect how I see this neurological condition and those who live with it.
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  • Silvia
    March 25, 2017
    What a cute little book.It's just lovely: it's got a super-cool female lead, Calliope Snow (or June), who has an awesome collection of rocks, likes comfy clothes, wants to be the first woman on the moon and has Tourette syndrome.I hadn't imagined Forget Me Not would have been such a surprise. I mean, I figured it'd have been your average YA, with just a sprinkle of Eleanor & Park and just an impalpable layer of Benjamin Alire Saénz to cover it all. Forget Me Not's recipe is even more than th What a cute little book.It's just lovely: it's got a super-cool female lead, Calliope Snow (or June), who has an awesome collection of rocks, likes comfy clothes, wants to be the first woman on the moon and has Tourette syndrome.I hadn't imagined Forget Me Not would have been such a surprise. I mean, I figured it'd have been your average YA, with just a sprinkle of Eleanor & Park and just an impalpable layer of Benjamin Alire Saénz to cover it all. Forget Me Not's recipe is even more than that, though: it digs into Tourette's psychological repercussions in the lightest way, it mixes them carefully with a bit of romance and then pours them gently into the pan, without breaching the sugar intake limits of the average reader.It really is an adorable book, the kind that makes you daydream a little with its flowers, its moon and an unforgettable ferris wheel.I'm not usually into this kind (aka a bit predictable, kind-hearted YA) of books, but it's good for your soul every once in a while.
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  • Shannon Cooley
    February 14, 2017
    Tonight I came home and checked the mail before starting dinner, and I had a package! It was an advance copy of a book I've been waiting for eagerly.I thought maybe I'd read just the first page before I started dinner. It's written mostly in verse, so it would just take a few seconds.60 pages later, I finally made myself make dinner and get the kids to bed. Then I was going to do dishes... after I'd read another couple pages.I just finished the book, and it is SO beautiful, and SO heartwarming, Tonight I came home and checked the mail before starting dinner, and I had a package! It was an advance copy of a book I've been waiting for eagerly.I thought maybe I'd read just the first page before I started dinner. It's written mostly in verse, so it would just take a few seconds.60 pages later, I finally made myself make dinner and get the kids to bed. Then I was going to do dishes... after I'd read another couple pages.I just finished the book, and it is SO beautiful, and SO heartwarming, and SO IMPORTANT. This book is the embodiment of empathy. It is exactly what I want my girls to read when they are middle schoolers, when they are learning how to be not just themselves but their best selves--when they are learning to have courage and be kind to both themselves and others in spite of anyone around them doing otherwise.But as an adult, I know I'm not done learning those things either. This book is for everyone.
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  • Lara Kareem
    March 19, 2017
    This book is a short read. I don't think it took me up to 2 hours to read it, I went through it in one lie down. I love the writing style in the book, it's beautiful prose and it teaches on how lots of people (especially little kids) don't understand what they don't perceive as the normal and proceed to ridicule it, which is wrong. Calliope is different. Different in a quirky way, but it's not her fault. It's just the way she is and because of bad advice was given to her by a previous doctor she This book is a short read. I don't think it took me up to 2 hours to read it, I went through it in one lie down. I love the writing style in the book, it's beautiful prose and it teaches on how lots of people (especially little kids) don't understand what they don't perceive as the normal and proceed to ridicule it, which is wrong. Calliope is different. Different in a quirky way, but it's not her fault. It's just the way she is and because of bad advice was given to her by a previous doctor she keeps her illness a secret, which only makes her gets ridicule some more by the kids in her class.She's so smart and intelligent, but so alone. Her life is drastic and prone to constant change, so it makes her feel even more secluded from the rest of the world, but all she needs is the courage to stop holding back and let herself be free and that starts with her friendship with her neighbour Jinsong.Calliope's relationship with her mother is a shaky one and I'm just glad in the end, she realises she will be okay no matter what or where she is. I loved reading about Calliope and it's a good book to recommend to anyone. It's kind of a reflection of what the author went through as a child with Tourette Syndrome, so I understand, why she wants to educate us about it.
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  • Deena Lipomi
    January 30, 2017
    Calliope is starting at her tenth new school since her mom moves them around a lot while chasing after men, but in St. George, Utah, she makes a new friend who accepts her Tourette syndrome and she hopes this time they can stay for real. Jinsong comes across as a little too good to be true for a middle school guy (popular, student body president, doesn't judge Calli at all), though it makes for an uplifting story this way. The dual points-of-view in verse (Calli) and prose (Jinsong) give nice pe Calliope is starting at her tenth new school since her mom moves them around a lot while chasing after men, but in St. George, Utah, she makes a new friend who accepts her Tourette syndrome and she hopes this time they can stay for real. Jinsong comes across as a little too good to be true for a middle school guy (popular, student body president, doesn't judge Calli at all), though it makes for an uplifting story this way. The dual points-of-view in verse (Calli) and prose (Jinsong) give nice perspective and make this a quick read. This upper MG novel also give a voice to a person with a lesser known condition along with anxiety and OCD.
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  • Sonia
    November 2, 2016
    I loved this powerful gem of a book about a girl diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome and a boy who comes to be her friend and advocate. It is such a perfect combination of form and content, with Calliope's POV written in poetry and Jinsong's POV in prose, the language itself indicative of the different ways they see the world. They seem like such real kids, struggling to understand how to be different in a world that often fears difference. The language is beautiful in its simplicity, the story s I loved this powerful gem of a book about a girl diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome and a boy who comes to be her friend and advocate. It is such a perfect combination of form and content, with Calliope's POV written in poetry and Jinsong's POV in prose, the language itself indicative of the different ways they see the world. They seem like such real kids, struggling to understand how to be different in a world that often fears difference. The language is beautiful in its simplicity, the story strong because it is about how the characters grow stronger and more into themselves.
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  • Halli Gomez
    March 26, 2017
    Forget Me Not is beautifully written story of fitting in and finding courage. It is a dual point of view story told in both verse (Calliope) and prose (Jinsong). This was my first time reading a story told in both formats and I loved it! The character's voices were distinct and their personalities well developed. Readers of any age will love this book of growth and acceptance. They will also have the ability to learn about a misunderstood disorder and realize how a little knowledge can result in Forget Me Not is beautifully written story of fitting in and finding courage. It is a dual point of view story told in both verse (Calliope) and prose (Jinsong). This was my first time reading a story told in both formats and I loved it! The character's voices were distinct and their personalities well developed. Readers of any age will love this book of growth and acceptance. They will also have the ability to learn about a misunderstood disorder and realize how a little knowledge can result in a new friend.
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  • Julie
    March 25, 2017
    So lovely I couldn't put it down! A heartwrenching struggle with multiple moves and Tourette's shows the power of friendship and speaking your truth.
  • Emily Marek
    March 15, 2017
    I can't say enough good things about this novel.Calliope June is a very special girl with Tourette's Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes her to make faces or unusual noises--and it's something she just can't help. But what has made it even more difficult for Calli---besides feeling uncomfortable and, many times, embarrassed---is that she's had to move from town to town, chasing her single mother's dream of finding the "right man". Starting a new school, in a new town, is difficult enou I can't say enough good things about this novel.Calliope June is a very special girl with Tourette's Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes her to make faces or unusual noises--and it's something she just can't help. But what has made it even more difficult for Calli---besides feeling uncomfortable and, many times, embarrassed---is that she's had to move from town to town, chasing her single mother's dream of finding the "right man". Starting a new school, in a new town, is difficult enough when you don't feel 'different', but to have to endure the pain of explaining your unusual tics, time after time, is tormentful. Will she finally be able to stay in one place long enough to make friends?Forget Me Not is written in short verse (from Calli's POV), to prose (from Jinsong's POV), and is one of those novels that, once you pick it up, you can't put it down. You become so immersed in Calli's story that, before you know it, you've read the entire novel. It's incredibly satisfying!Ellie Terry, who is diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome, knows exactly what it feels like to live in Calli's shoes, and brings reality and depth into Calli's story like no one else can. Once you've read this novel, you will gain a whole new insight into TS. And perhaps, if you ever meet someone with TS, you'll have a little more compassion and understanding for what they're going through.
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  • Rebecca Gomez
    March 21, 2017
    Wonderful. I couldn't put it down.
  • Heather Truett
    March 19, 2017
    Beautiful. The symbolism is just perfect. And it's an accurate portrayal of Tourette's. ((My son has TS))