By: Celine | June 4, 2014 | (24) Comments

Review: (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn(Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, YA
Pages: 336
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Welcome to Gardnerville.

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


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.

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How does one review a book like this? The only way I can describe (Don’t You) Forget About Me is in one word: crazy. To be honest, I still feel a bit… off. This book was such a crazy ride of twists and madness and so much weirdness. And I can tell you right now: this won’t be everyone’s kind of crazy. Some people are going to hate this book, or feel exceptionally “meh” about it. Some might not be able to handle the crazy – because it starts on page one, and Quinn doesn’t do holding hands. You’re plunged right into this crazy town where crazy things happen and you just need to go with it. Over time, you’ll start understanding.

I had a rough start with this one. I picked it up twice – once got as far as 30% in – and put it down again twice. But the third time, I started from the beginning and something just clicked. I didn’t understand half of what was going on, but I really enjoyed it. And then things started becoming more clear and I just blazed through this novel. I couldn’t stop reading. (Don’t You) Forget About Me drew me in and wouldn’t let go.

You need to be able to go with things, though. If you’re going to wonder how and why, this novel will not work for you. If you’re able to accept all the paranormal crazy stuff going on, then go forth and read this immensely enjoyable mind-fuck of a novel. You will probably love it, because loveable it certainly is.

And oh, love this one I did. Once things got going and I was sucked into the story, my eyes were glued to the page until I finally reached the end – I just had to know what would happen and how everything would come together. It’s not often that a book gets five glorious stars from me, but this one deserves it. And I know I’m overusing the word “crrazy” in this review, but that’s really just what this book is. Quinn’s prose is almost ethereal – it will almost make you uncomfortable with the way it creeps under your skin and truly lets you feel the madness of Gardnerville.

I’m afraid I can’t really give an in-depth review of everything because SPOILERS EVERYWHERE. I can tell you the following, though: 1) This book is a complete mindfuck, and I love love love that, 2) this book is CRAZYYY and 3) if you’re able to handle that, GO FORTH AND READ. This wonderfully written little masterpiece will truly creep under your skin and make you question everything you thought you knew. The characters, the romance (what little of it was there, anyway) and the plot are all spot-on, and there are so many layers to this story.

Go on and experience the madness of Gardnerville yourself. If you’re able to handle the crazy.

~Thank you HarperTeen for sending me a review copy!~

5 Stars
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Celine is 17 years old and from the Netherlands. Quite obviously, she loves books! She has been a reader for as long as she can remember, and she believes she will be a reader forever. Celine is also obsessed with food, and loves singing along to music as loud as possible, dancing and doodling on nearly everything.

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24 Responses to Review: (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

  1. 88dreamers says:

    I want this now!! I loved the cover, I loved the blurb, and now you love the book, I must have it so I can love the book too. I look forward to the release date, thank you!!
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  2. Oooh, I have been eyeing this one off for a while, and now after reading your fantastic review, I just need it now. In my life. Right now. Please book Gods? Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Celine! 🙂
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    • Celine says:

      Aw, thank you! And it’s out on the 10th, so you don’t have to wait much longer 😀 I hope you’ll LOVE it!

      Thanks again, Ebony <33

  3. Renu says:

    Hmm, crazy you say? I’m sold, ahah! I love how unique it sounds, I’ve been eying this one up ever since I saw Sam @ Realm of Fiction’s review. When I do get around to buying it, I hope I love it as much as you did! It definitely sounds like a read that not everyone will enjoy.

    Great review!
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    • Celine says:

      This is definitely crazy and unique! I don’t think everyone will enjoy this because I can imagine people will find it too crazy, but I personally loved it. I hope you will too!

      Thanks <33

  4. I just finished this and YES, it’s absolutely crazy. Not quite sure I loved it as much as you did, but apt description nonetheless. 😉
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  5. GAH! I need me some crazy!! I have such a huge review pile, so for some reason this one keep getting bumped. But I REALLY want to read it!!! Glad to see you loved it! 🙂
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  6. This seems like a book people are either loving or hating. I hope I love it 🙂
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  7. Megan says:

    I’m really on the fence about reading this one. I’m not sure it will be the right book for me, but you never know until you try.
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  8. OMG I NEED IT I NEED IT. I actually am avoiding reading blurbs/reviews (except for yours because yours are brilliant) because it sounds like it’s one of those ones you need to go in completely blank. x) I love books that mess with your head though! And clever twists?? Yes pleeeease. XD
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  9. FIVE STARS WOAHHHHH. It MUST be good 😀 I really want to read this.
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  10. Rashika says:

    That was actually my experience with her debut last year, I stopped reading 50% in and wanted to DNF but when I dived back in, something just clicked and I fell in love. When I picked this up, I already knew what to expect so I fell in love with this one early on.

    I am so glad to see you enjoyed this though Celine! It makes me verrrryy happy!!

    Lovely review! 🙂
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  11. *Puts hand up* I’ll read it! Crazy? Yes, please, I’m not scared of crazy. That synopsis! Who wouldn’t want to read, and coupled with your fantastic review and 5 stars, who could resist?
    Glad to hear you enjoyed it, thanks for sharing 🙂
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  12. Melanie says:

    I admit, I wasn’t a fan of Another Little Piece but you have convinced me to read this–especially since we agree on a lot of books. I can definitely do crazy; and hard starts are okay, especially if I know it’s gonna get so much better by the end.

    Brilliant review, Celine! <33

  13. This book sounds freaking amazing, I love mind fuck books that are twisty and stuff. I will have to pick up a copy once it’s released here!
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  14. I really can’t wait to read this one. Even though I only gave Another Little Piece 3 out of 5 stars, I am still impressed by Quinn’s writing prowess. She has this uncanny ability to make any setting seem dreamy and surreal, which certainly helps with her mindfuck stories. With your praising review, I am even more eager to start this one!
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