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Forget Me Not

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  3,692 ratings  ·  817 reviews
A girl with Tourette syndrome starts at a new school and tries to hide her quirks in this debut middle-grade novel in verse.

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 s
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
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Emily Marek I'm 51 years old, and I loved the novel! I didn't find it "too childish". But what I DID find is that, once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. It…moreI'm 51 years old, and I loved the novel! I didn't find it "too childish". But what I DID find is that, once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. It's absolutely lovely!(less)
Jill She got the rocks from each of her homes she moved to/from as a way to keep a piece of home always with her :)
She got them at random places(like outsi…more
She got the rocks from each of her homes she moved to/from as a way to keep a piece of home always with her :)
She got them at random places(like outside of the orthodontist's office, her neighbor's yard, a riverbed etc.) It says the full list on page 312(less)

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“I am Calliope June. I wish I could fly to the moon. There’d be no one there to laugh or to stare and no one to call me a goon.”

What an amazing, poetic & heartfelt story! I initially bought this book for my daughter to read. She read it and we had such a wonderful conversation about it that I knew I had to read it for myself. I’m so glad I did.

Calliope (Calli) is a young girl with Tourette’s Syndrome. Forget Me Not is told in short, simple prose from two points of view - that of Calli a
C.G. Drews
This was so sweet and heartfelt and...and...emotions. omg who asked for these. It's a really quick read too, because it's mostly written in verse. And can we just say how important it is to have #ownvoices disability rep books?! Because yes.

It's about Callie and Jinsong.
Callie's mother is always getting new boyfriends and then leaving town when things go bad. So this time they end up living next to Jinsong's family. Idk, are they 12 maybe?? But their friendships is nonexistent at first becaus
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I want to pluck
the moon from the sky,
swing it around
in circles.

I don’t know how to describe this book. Beautiful. Brilliant. Heartwarming. Touching…Damn! Tears are running down my face and my husband is looking at me weird! Breathe in, breathe out. Repeat…

This story is about Callie, a young girl who has Tourette’s Syndrome. About the ups and downs in her home and school life and about how she feels and how she tries to deal with her problems.

The story is told from the points of view of Callie w
L A i N E Y
I write:


on the canvas
that used to be white

These pages are so beautiful even just to look at and turn incredibly charming once you start reading. Heartwarming tale about finding your own bravery and who you really want to be despite the peer pressure and (shitty) circumstances.

A man should choose a friend who is better than himself

Audiobook rating: ★★★★★
Book rating: ★★★★½

Narrated by Heather Costa, Matt Godfrey
Amanda Rawson Hill
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Rida Imran
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, read-2019
I am Calliope June.
I wish I could fly to the moon.
There’d be no one there
to laugh or to stare
and no one to call me a goon.

A man should choose a friend who is better than himself.

Forget Me Not is about Calliope June who has Tourette's. Ellie Terry herself also has Tourette's; can we appreciate the own voices representation for mental disorders.

This book is beautifully written in verse it's something I want to recommend to all my GR friends.It

This book is about friendship, family, hope and so mu
Stephanie Elliot
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
~*Full review here on The Bent Bookworm!*~
Ancient Greeks called the planets


because it means “wanderers,”
and because planets don’t stay


they’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 pa
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
“I’m Calli,” I tell him.
“I moved into number fourteen.”

The boy slams the lid,
presses start,
smiles at me with eyes
the color of cinnamon.

This was one of the most important books I've read this year. If someone had told me I'd be saying that about a middle grade debut, written in free verse, I would have laughed in their face. But Forget Me Not set out to prove me wrong - so, so wrong. It taught me not to immediately judge middle grade books as "silly and immature" and surprised me with an eye
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
"It's Tourette's,"
Mom sucked in a breath,
choked on her own spit.
I popped a sucker in my mouth,
happy to have a name
for the weird things I did."

This is an amazing and brave story. About a girl named Calliope - or Calli - who has Tourette's syndrome. She moves around - a lot. She is constantly starting a new school and her tics, from her syndrome, make it tough for her to make friends. She was told long ago to keep her tics to herself - to try to hold them in and not tell anyone she has them. She w
Traci Chee
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful novel in verse! I immediately fell in love with Calliope--she's such a smart, courageous heroine, who tackles enormous problems like absent parents, Tourette's Syndrome, new schools, and bullies with a spark that was so much fun to be around. An absolute joy to read.
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review.

Forget Me Not is the perfect example of why we need own voices, and why own voices shouldn’t be a trend but an essential part of literature.

I find myself extremely moved when I read own voices books. There’s something in the writing that is very different, something that feels tangibly more real. This is the case of Forget Me Not. A lot of reviews will discuss the novel approach of co
I read this gem all in one sitting. Forget Me Not is another one of my Mock Newbery Book Club selections and for good reason. The dual narratives of Calli and Jinsong provide a unique perspective, especially since Calli's is written in verse to further distinguish her voice from Jinsong's. What is especially unique about Calli is that she has Tourrette syndrome, which makes it even more difficult to fit in at her new school. Calli is a character that readers can identify with because she faces m ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it

There were multiple things in this story that I normally find myself being critical of: 1) stories centered around "bullying" 2) stories centered around love that seems unrealistic and artificially quick to fit a story 3) an author that throws in problem after problem trying to check off all the topics of the day. I think there were aspects of all those things to some extent here but there was a sweetness and beauty that took my focus off those things. I think my role as an educator made me v
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Corabel Shofner
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: swanky-17s
Forget Not Callie June Snow or Ellie Terry for telling her lovely story.
The story of Calli and her Tourettes
The 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 Jinsong
The story of Jinsong’s fear of what his friends will think if he befriends the strange new girl.
The lyrical sto
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: swanky-17
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.
Amanda Schreiber
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I could not stop reading this beautiful novel in verse. This is a favorite read of 2017! I'm adding this title to my #MockNewbery list for 2018 & I think it is a strong contender fir the Schneider Award. Calli's voice is strong & compelling and your heart instantly goes out to her as she forced to move to her tenth new school & start as the new kid yet again. Through Calli & the authors note, students will get a glimpse into living with Tourette syndrome. ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Forget Me Not is a must have book for middle grade collections.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one was so freaking beautiful. It's about a young girl, Callie who has Tourette's syndrome. And a mother who keeps moving to another city with heartbreaks.

Callie's struggle was so painful to read about, how she kept suppressing her tics, how she got bullied because of making faces and noises she couldn't control. The friendship between Jinsong and her was pure. And so was the love.

Jinsong pissed me off a lot at the start. But my son actually grows up from hiding his feelings.

Important bo
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here are some reasons why you should read this book:

- A sweet and heartwarming story
- Simple prose
- Beautiful writing
- Important message
- Quick read
Yasmeena Elmahdy
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE.
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Chantele Sedgwick
Nov 14, 2017 added it
Shelves: own
Oh, I loved this so much. Beautiful story in verse about a girl with Tourette Syndrome and the challenges she had to face at school and at home. Heartbreaking at times, since kids can be cruel, but I enjoyed the growth of Calliope June. What a brave girl. I loved her friendship with Jinsong, who cared so much about her, but didn't want to lose his friends either. I was happy to see him finally decide who mattered most.

I can't wait to see what Ellie Terry does next.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writer-friends
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.
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hooray for my first official Middle Grade March read of 2020! A middle grade story about a seventh grade girl nicknamed Calli with Tourette's syndrome is a story that needs to be told. This is a story about differences and how kids respond to others who are different from themselves. Adolescence is a time where most kids are trying to blend in and not fall under the notice of the school bullies. In addition to her uncontrollable Tourette's tics, Calli frequently moves from state to state as her ...more
Paige A
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I completely adored this book! I couldn’t put this book down. I loved the way the characters interacted with each other, and the book was very thoughtfully written. Overall, this is definitely one of the best books I’ve read.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This was quite a lovely story and the relationship between Calliope and Jinsong was very cute most of the time and I love that it was handled carefully and slowly. I liked the writing as well. But a lot of plot points were left unresolved, I was especially confused and even angry about how Calliope's mother had attachment issues and couldn't live without a boyfriend yet it was never actually talked about. It was a big problem for Calliope because they had to move after each of her mom's breakups ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade-ya
A beautiful, beautiful, beautiful and moving book that completely drew me in.
Colleen Scidmore
This book was not exactly what I expected. Most of it was in verse, which I'm not very found of, but it actually turned out to be a interesting book and the verse seemed appropriate as I was reading.

Calli is a young girl who has Tourette's but is told by her doctor and mom not to let anyone know because the disease is so misunderstood. She doesn't have the scream out loud with profanity type of the disease but she does have facial tics, funny movements and makes noises in the back of her throat
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Ellie Terry grew up in South Dakota, Arizona, and Nevada as the second of eight children. She currently lives in the desert of southern Utah with her husband and three creative kids. Her debut middle-grade novel, FORGET ME NOT, is out now from Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan. ...more

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