Dying to Forget is a YA novel that deals with a really tough subject. Suicide. It's a terrible and sad thing and it's real. So many young people suffer from feeling all alone and see no other way out. It's a dangerous subject to broach, I think, but Trish does it well. She never glorifies it, she makes your heart ache for the character and what she's going through, and when she makes her decision it is heart wrenching. But that is only one small part of the story. After death those that commit suicide do not continue on to Heaven, Hell or any other afterlife you might believe in. Instead they are stuck in a purgatory type place called the station where they can either become volunteers and basically "make up for their mistake" or pass on, but with the knowledge that it won't be pleasant.
I won't give anymore of the plot away but I really liked that Trish showed consequences for actions but that there was also hope. In the end that's what brings the light to this otherwise dark and sad topic.
Piper Willow, the main character, is so believable, so real that she could be the girl next door, a younger sister, or even me in high school. Her thoughts, her voice, are exactly what an 18 year old girl's should be.
The story is short, novella length at only 178 pages but the plot is concise, moves along at a good place and never feels rushed. I've seen similar ideas to this one done before but this one is refreshing and new.
I give Dying to Forget 5 stars. Trish Marie Dawson sticks to her YA genre well, keeping it appropriate and in the right tone for her chosen audience, the characters are very well written and developed and the plot is fantastic and entertaining.
Buy here:Dying To Forget (The Station)
Piper Willow dies the summer after her high school graduation but she doesn’t make it to Heaven or Hell…instead she finds herself in a spiritual terminal called the Station. She’s given only two choices: Return to Earth as the subconscious for a person in need of some outside assistance, or move on and spend an eternity lost in her own sorrow and pain.
Does Piper have what it takes to save a life - to be the nagging voice inside someone else’s head - or will she fail and end up lost and tormented in limbo...forever?
About the Author
Trish was born and mostly raised in San Diego, California where she lives now with her family and pets. She's been writing short stories and poetry since high school after an obsession with Stephen King's 'The Stand'. After over fifteen years of crazy dreams and an overactive imagination, Trish began her first book in December of 2011. When Trish isn't writing, she's homeschooling her amazing daughter and mildly autistic son, reading whatever she can get her hands on, or enjoying the Southern California sun. As a strict Vegetarian, Trish holds a special place in her heart for animal rights and dashes into the backyard weekly to rescue lizards and mice from her mini-lab/cocker spaniel mixed dog, Zoey...who is always getting into some sort of trouble. Trish's first book, 'I Hope You Find Me' is currently out in print and eBook on Amazon.