Release Date: June 10, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, YA
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.
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!~
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