(Don't You) Forget About Me

By Kate Karyus Quinn
Published on June 10, 2014
Published by HarperTeen
Source: ARC from Edelweiss
Welcome to Gardnerville.

A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.

Except...
There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.

Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.
WOW! That is about the only coherent thought in my head. It has been a week since I finished this book, and it is still keeping me from really getting involved in any other story. Which is amazing, but also quite a pain! So, I will do my best to write a review that makes even a little bit of sense. BUT I won't tell you too much, because this is the type of story you need to experience for yourself!

 So... Crap, guys! I really do not even know where to begin. This story is craziness in between two covers, a pretty front cover and a back cover. The book begins with a parade at midnight, on a fourth year in a little town called Gardnerville. Our main character, Skylar's, older sister Piper is the leader of this parade and it doesn't end well for the kids that are following. Piper disappears after that night, and she leaves Skylar a mess. Skylar has an addiction to a pill called Forget-Me-Not. She takes one to forget about everything in her life. But she is forgetting something very important, and by the time she remembers to remember, it is a very tough road to get there.

 There is love and hate, forgetting and remembering, failures and spectacular failures and spectacular triumphs. Gardnerville is a strange place, a very strange town. Every year brings heartache, but Fourth Years bring cataclysmic tragedies. You hear about some of the events that happen, and slowly learn the secrets of this town and its people in little between chapter chapters which are all titled with the names of songs. The songs have significance in the stories that they tell, and in Skylar's present, and I thought that was such a fantastic addition to the story. Skylar is a great character, but not in a relate-able way, not always. She is sarcastic and funny, but standoffish and mean, she is broken. There are several other characters who play pivotal roles in this story. Wills, Skylar's baby brother and her mother. Foote, the love interest and luckiest. Elton, the town's self-proclaimed "savior". GG, Skylar's grandmother, Skylar's father. There are others, as well. But the one that plays the most pivotal role is Piper, but in a strange way. The two biggest players are the town itself and the Reformatory, where the ones who fall victim to the Fourth Year Madness are sent.

 There are so many more things that I would love to tell you, little tidbits that I would love to share about the spectacular story, but I can't. It would take away from the "something special" that this story possesses and that would be a crime. You just have to read it! I will give you fair warning, though. This story is different. It is weird and spectacular and a little horrifying. It doesn't give itself away very easily. It takes work and patience and time to get there, and the little pieces that you get along the way can be frustrating. But the story that unfolds is pure magic. Go into this with an open mind. Some people will absolutely start this and put it right back down, but those of you who pick it up and push through and slurp it up like a chocolate shake will absolutely, without a doubt, fall in love with (Don't You) Forget About Me, and the author that created it, Kate Karyus Quinn!

1 comment:

  1. Huh, when I first read this synopsis I didn't think it was anything special. I'm glad to hear it was weird and wonderful, though! And using names of songs for each chapter sounds awesome! I love the cover too :)

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