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From the author of Take Me There, a fast-paced novel in verse about a girl caught between life and death—and the boy who will do anything to save her.

Ally is devastated when a scandalous photo of her is texted around school. With her reputation in shambles and her life essentially over, she hides out in a back hallway, trying to figure out where everything went wrong.
     Elijah has spent time in that hallway too. He landed there after taking a whole bottle of sleeping pills. Now he can see ghosts, and he knows what Ally has yet to suspect—that she’s already half dead, and one choice away from never coming back. Elijah has loved Ally for years and would do anything to save her from the in-between place. But if she’s going to live, Ally must face her inner demons and find the will to save herself.
     Told in interwoven verse narratives, this crushingly honest and poetic exploration of pain and redemption will appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins.



I wanted to live.


No, wait.

That was Thoreau.

I came to the hallway


while the dew

was still on the roses.

Forget that.

I never liked old hymns.

Besides, it’s almost winter

and the roses are


like Thoreau.

I came in peace.

Then I came

to pieces.

Don’t bullshit yourself, Ally.

You came to the hallway

because you didn’t

have anywhere

else to go.

About The Author

Photograph by Christina Kennedy

Carolee Dean is the author of Forget Me Not, Take Me There, and Comfort. She lives with her family in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she works with teenagers as a speech pathologist. Find out more at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 2, 2012)
  • Length: 384 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442432543
  • Grades: 9 and up
  • Ages: 14 - 99

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Awards and Honors

  • Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award

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