Forget Me Not

Book review by
Rachel Sarah, Common Sense Media
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Compelling story of girl dealing with Tourette syndrome.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

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Educational Value

Shows how challenging it can be to have Tourette syndrome, and what it's like for a young person in school who's not always able to control her movements and/or sounds. Sheds light on this often misunderstood condition. 

Positive Messages

Meaningful messages about friendship, acceptance, and learning to be true to yourself. If you see someone being teased and/or bullied, don't just look the other way. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The author, who herself lives with Tourette syndrome, draws from her own experience to make Callie, the protagonist, a brave, intelligent, and strong character.


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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Forget Me Not by debut author Ellie Terry is a coming-of-age novel narrated in both verse and prose. It tells the story of Calliope June, an intelligent, strong-willed girl with Tourette syndrome, who has to move again with her mom. She starts seventh grade in a new town and the other kids quickly notice that she makes faces or noises when she doesn't want to -- the symptoms of her neurological disorder. A popular Asian-American boy struggles to stand up for Callie as another girl picks on her. There's some teasing, but ultimately this is a beautiful character-driven story about self-acceptance, connection, and friendship.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13 and 13-year-old Written byEmi B. October 14, 2020

As moving and edifying as it is fun to read!

This poetic story about brainy and heroic 12-yr old Calliope Snow who suffers from Tourette's Syndrome, stole my heart. I love the true to life relationshi... Continue reading
Adult Written byNon of yo biz nessss October 24, 2018

Good book

Good job ellie terry I read it to my cats and they loved ittttt
Teen, 13 years old Written byPiggy Boo July 1, 2018

A Beautifully Inspiring Read

This book was truly amazing. I, myself, actually have Tourette Syndrome, and this book did a perfect job at displaying what it’s like to have T.S.
I was so grat... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMALINAWORL March 19, 2018

One of the best books in the world.

I think that many kids will enjoy this book. This book is about a girl who goes on an adventure.

What's the story?

In FORGET ME NOT, astronomy-loving Calliope June starts her first day at a new school in St. George, Utah, and tries hard to hide her Tourette syndrome from the other seventh graders. But she can't help it if she makes noises or sounds when she doesn't mean to. When Jinsong, her new neighbor and the popular student body president, tries to stand up for Callie, he feels pulled by the other kids to keep his distance. As Callie struggles to fit in, she also deals with her unpredictable mother, who's itching to move again. 

Is it any good?

Author Ellie Terry, who has Tourette syndrome herself, portrays this neurological disorder in a compelling way that pulls you into her characters' lives and makes you feel for them.  Callie tells her story in verse, while passages in Jinsong's voice are in prose. Readers will fall in love with Callie, who's funny, real, and full of spirit. When Jinsong tells his story, readers feel his struggle to be a good friend. Parents will love the opportunities Forget Me Not presents for positive, deep conversations about acceptance, empathy, and being true to yourself. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Forget Me Not's portrayal of Tourette syndrome. What did you know about Tourette syndrome before you read this story? What did you learn about it from reading this book?

  • What would you do if you saw someone being bullied? How might you be an ally to someone who's different?

  • Have you ever wanted to be friends with someone new, but you felt pressure from other kids not to make a new friend? How did the situation turn out?

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