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title: Dying to Forget
author: Trish Marie Dawson
series: The Station #1
published: 3 August 2010
publisher: Pretty Little Weeds Publishing
genre(s): contemporary, fantasy, romance
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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?
Every once in a while, you come across a book that floors you. Dying to Forget is one of those books. When I initially got this, I was admittedly hesitant, given the subject matter. By the end of just the prologue, I was emotional. By the end of Chapter 1, I was sad. By the end of Chapter 2, I was crying. There was no leading up to it, but into the emotional heartbreak of the story with a bang.
Some may question reading a book with that much sadness and emotional angst, even in the first few chapters, but it is that emotional pull that kept me riveted. My heart was breaking for Piper, for Bree. This is such a unique book, based by the author on a courageous theme. The book is very much character-driven, an emotional journey through the mind of Piper and her charges.
But despite the emotional tugs in the story, it was incredible. It was amazing to me how the author took the subject of suicide and managed to create a positive theme with it. The pain and emotions of those who have committed suicide are in no way dismissed, degraded, or glamorized, but acknowledged and understood with compassion. The Station is a way station for those who commit suicide, a place where they can make a choice… to help others on Earth that are suffering or to spend eternity wrapped in their own pain. It is a part of their training to explore, understand, and accept the reasons and situations that led them to their own choice of suicide, allowing them to better help others.
Things to love about Dying to Forget…
- Piper. She’s emotionally devastated at the beginning of the book, before and after her death. But she finds the courage to face her fears, her doubts, her pain. Amazing character.
This is not a light, “feel good” read, but a heartfelt, emotional, beautiful story.