Teach Me to Forget

Teach Me to Forget

An alternate cover edition exists here.This is the story of Ellery, a girl who learns how to live while waiting for the date she chose to die. Ellery's bought the gun, made arrangements for her funeral, and even picked the day. A Wednesday. Everything has fallen into place.Now all she has to do is die.When her plans go awry and the gun she was going to kill herself with br...

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Title:Teach Me to Forget
Author:Erica M. Chapman
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ISBN:1440594570
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:287 pages

Teach Me to Forget Reviews

  • Melanie Hooyenga
    Oct 11, 2015

    I read an early version of this book and my first reaction was "everyone needs to read this." Erica has an amazing ability to create characters who make you laugh and cry and want to hold them close. This story has stayed with me long after I read it and I encourage anyone who wants a book that will knock them off their feet to give it a try.

    EDIT: I've now read the final version and love it even more. THIS IS A MUST READ.

  • Erica Chapman
    Oct 11, 2015

    Thank you so much for stopping by the TMTF page ;o) Please feel free to ask me questions. I love talking to fellow readers!

    Please understand that while I add a good mix of humor and sarcasm into Ellery's character, TMTF does have triggers such as suicide, depression, and loss of a loved one. Please read and discuss this topic with someone you love. Read other books that deal with similar subjects like Kathleen Glasgow's GIRL IN PIECES, or books by Ellen Hopkins or Jennifer Brown, and countless o

    Thank you so much for stopping by the TMTF page ;o) Please feel free to ask me questions. I love talking to fellow readers!

    Please understand that while I add a good mix of humor and sarcasm into Ellery's character, TMTF does have triggers such as suicide, depression, and loss of a loved one. Please read and discuss this topic with someone you love. Read other books that deal with similar subjects like Kathleen Glasgow's GIRL IN PIECES, or books by Ellen Hopkins or Jennifer Brown, and countless others. If you or someone you know wants to harm themselves please get help.

    for a list of resources or call the National (U.S.) Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.

    Music is a large influence in my life and in this story. I had the opportunity to share the

    playlist on All The Write Notes blog. If you're interested just click the link or take a look below! Be sure to share which songs you would pick too.

    Ellery and Colter struggle through the book to love each other. She feels a burden to him on more than one occasion and this song beautifully represents that struggle.

    Pretty simple. Ellery’s heart is broken for a lot of reasons. This is a soft song that tells that story.

    I’ve always loved this one. It’s so haunting and the lyrics have always affected me. Ellery’s world is a bit mad.

    Once she meets Colter she feels as though someone finally notices her, although she’s not happy about it.

    This is such a sweet song. I can see Colter singing this to Ellery.

    Ellery is very lonely, and this song’s lyrics are just so perfect for her. “I’m a shell of a girl that I used to know well.” It’s just so beautifully written.

    This could work for either of them, really. It’s a song about regret which they both have painful reminders of constantly.

    This song. You can just hear the emotion in Sia’s voice and it so perfectly matches Ellery’s state of mind in this story.

    I love a good Evanescence song and this one really represents Ellery’s struggle with what she chose to do and the decisions that come along with that.

    “More Time” is the lyric that is uttered through this song and that’s just what Colter wants for Ellery. It’s such a simple song but it says so much.

    I listened to this song on repeat bawling my eyes out while I wrote this book. We just want Ellery to want to live but how do you do that?

    Ellery wishes she could care about what’s going on in her life but more than upset, she’s indifferent to it. When I discovered this song (and heard it live OMG amazing) I knew it was perfect for TMTF’s playlist.

    Ellery has a lot of moments where she just wants to be numb to the world. To forget everything that’s happened to her.

    Such a haunting song. The pain in Eddie Vedder’s voice mirrors that of Colter’s so much.

    This is the perfect song for the tragedy that leads to Ellery’s attempted suicide in the beginning.

    One scene in particular comes to mind when I hear this song. A very heated one with consequences that affect both Ellery and Colter.

    At some point Ellery just wants to sleep and get rid of the pain. Such a sad song.

    There comes a time when you have to choose to join or abandon someone in pain. I think this represents that choice.

    Colter wants nothing more than to protect Ellery and save her, be her guardian angel.

    I hope you enjoy Ellery's story <3 I'm gonna let Dean tell you how thankful I am that you've come here because HULLO everyone wants a little more Dean in their life, AMIRIGHT?

  • Brenda Drake
    Oct 14, 2015

    I was lucky enough to read an early version of TEACH ME TO FORGET. Erica can write emotion and multi-layered characters so well. I found myself crying and laughing while reading. This story has so much heart and all the feelings. I couldn't put it down until the end. So amazing!

  • Kerri
    Nov 02, 2015

    One of the most heart wrenching, funny, beautiful, dark, swoon-worthy, and hopeful stories I've ever read. This masterful debut features cracks of light that not only shine through, but shatter the darkness of depression and living through loss. I loved and rooted for Ellery the entire book. Chapman's writing is poignant and infinitely readable. I will be fangirling over this for a long time to come. This is a must-read, now and always.

  • Jude
    Dec 09, 2015

    A beautifully haunting novel, with a funny & smart narrator. I read this back in 2012 and I still think about Ellery and Colter to this day, three years later!

  • Karen Hattrup
    May 29, 2016

    TEACH ME TO FORGET is a poignant and unflinching look at Ellery, a teenage girl who has suffered serious trauma and wants to take her own life. Written with honesty and care, it’s a story that is deep with compassion and sympathy for its protagonist, even as it examines – through other characters – the repercussions that suicide has on those left behind. This is dark and difficult subject matter, but it’s handled with a deft touch, and, best of all, is driven by a wonderful narrator. Ellery is w

    TEACH ME TO FORGET is a poignant and unflinching look at Ellery, a teenage girl who has suffered serious trauma and wants to take her own life. Written with honesty and care, it’s a story that is deep with compassion and sympathy for its protagonist, even as it examines – through other characters – the repercussions that suicide has on those left behind. This is dark and difficult subject matter, but it’s handled with a deft touch, and, best of all, is driven by a wonderful narrator. Ellery is walled off and hurting in the worst of ways, but she is also so damn smart. Super sarcastic. Bitingly funny, often in the most dire of circumstances. I loved her even when she was caustic. I loved her Nicholas Sparks jokes. I loved seeing her open herself again to the kindness of others, however hard and painful it was.

    Also (LIGHT SPOILER) there is some really excellent kissing in this book.

    A bold and emotional debut.

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  • Amy
    Dec 06, 2016

    When Ellery's plan to commit suicide are thwarted by a broken gun, her classmate Colton tries to change he mind. He couldn't save his his brother from killing himself, and vows to do better.

    TEACH ME TO FORGET is an irresponsible, possibly even dangerous story about what teenagers should absolutely not do if they are concerned about a suicidal friend.

    When Ellery notices similar suicidal tendencies in a childhood friend, she tries to talk to Dean and checks up on him when he misses school. Folks,

    When Ellery's plan to commit suicide are thwarted by a broken gun, her classmate Colton tries to change he mind. He couldn't save his his brother from killing himself, and vows to do better.

    TEACH ME TO FORGET is an irresponsible, possibly even dangerous story about what teenagers should absolutely not do if they are concerned about a suicidal friend.

    When Ellery notices similar suicidal tendencies in a childhood friend, she tries to talk to Dean and checks up on him when he misses school. Folks, this is NOT how you try to prevent suicide.

    Driving by a house or restaurant to make sure someone is still alive is NOT suicide prevention.

    Worrying is NOT suicide prevention.

    Asking someone not to kill himself is NOT suicide prevention.

    The only way to help a suicidal friend is to get them help by telling an adult, a teacher, school counselor, parent, aunt, friend's parent. Call a hotline for advice. A suicidal friend is too much for a friend to handle. Even if your friend promises you to secrecy, tell an adult. Having an angry friend is so much better than having a dead one. You even can offer to go with your friend to talk to the school counselor or her parents.

    Back to the book. I enjoyed Erica Chapman's engaging writing style. She gave Ellery enough sardonic humor to have personality, while not too much that I didn't buy into Ellery's suicidal depression.

    I liked Ellery, but thought Chapman over did the angry teen trying to push everyone away. In real life, friends and potential friends don't chase after people who are repeatedly unkind to them. This dynamic is overused and not true to life.

    Colton was a bit too perfect with the GLARING exception of trying to change Ellery's mind about suicide. I saw the insta-love coming from a mile away. When people are so depressed they're suicidal, they generally don't have access to the emotional range to fall in love.

    Chapman did a great and responsible job with the ending of TEACH ME TO FORGET.

    The one star is not a reflection of my enjoyment of the book or of Chapman's writing. I will look for other books by her. I couldn't, in good conscience, recommend TEACH ME TO FORGET to any clients, which is a shame because the parts of the book that shine sparkle loudly.

  • Lisa Mandina
    Dec 10, 2016

    If you read and appreciated Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, this is a book that to me is just as good. It's about a girl who is going to commit suicide. It's done from a different aspect than Asher's book. This is told as the girl is going through her actual plan.

    This book is so good. The way Ellery feels is described very well. Her being so set on the whole idea was heartbreaking, but you could kind of see her reasoning, or at least why it made sense to her. I have had my own issues with de

    If you read and appreciated Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, this is a book that to me is just as good. It's about a girl who is going to commit suicide. It's done from a different aspect than Asher's book. This is told as the girl is going through her actual plan.

    This book is so good. The way Ellery feels is described very well. Her being so set on the whole idea was heartbreaking, but you could kind of see her reasoning, or at least why it made sense to her. I have had my own issues with depression, so many parts in this resonated with me. While I totally understood her reasoning and thoughts, I think getting to know Colter and the things he did for her really helped me to see the other side of the issue. While I haven't had those types of thoughts in a while, it was definitely a good thing.

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  • Jay G
    Dec 29, 2016

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    3.5 Stars

    When Ellery had her suicide all planned out. She knows the day, she hired a cleaning crew she even made funeral arrangements. She definitely was not anticipating that her gun would break. She tries to return the gun, only to find that she has the wrong receipt. Just her luck, the security guard who stops her is a boy from her English class, Colter Sawyer. Realising what she wa

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    3.5 Stars

    When Ellery had her suicide all planned out. She knows the day, she hired a cleaning crew she even made funeral arrangements. She definitely was not anticipating that her gun would break. She tries to return the gun, only to find that she has the wrong receipt. Just her luck, the security guard who stops her is a boy from her English class, Colter Sawyer. Realising what she was planning to do, he decides to try and change her mind. Colter has secrets of his own and may be one of the few people who really understands Ellery's pain, but is that enough to change her mind?

    I liked Ellery, she was witty and sarcastic. You can really feel her pain and grief while reading from her voice. Although, I do feel at times she tried a little bit to hard and seemed to be written like the 'I'm not like other girls' trope. Colter was sweet and caring and I did enjoy him as a character. I was worried in the beginning that this would be just another boy saves girl from mental illness book but it was so much more than that. Ellery had a plan and she was going to stick to it, boy or not. Although in the end it did turn into that trope, it at least took a while to progress to it.

    Overall I did enjoy the book, it was engaging and interesting and I wanted to know what would happen next.

  • Marina Zala
    Feb 05, 2017

    ** Books 42 - 2017 **

    The premise looks promising but I dunno why this books is not really captivating me. It is just about story who finally didn't suicides herself since love is saving her. i'm kinda wondering is it an author fans of Nicholas sparks? I found "The Notebook" being wrote down in this pieces.