(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
Release Date: June 10th, 2014
HarperTeen, 336 Pages
Source: eARC via Edelweiss
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
(Don’t You) Forget About Me is, in a single word, bizarre. It is WAY out there. Kate Karyus Quinn’s first book, Another Little Piece, was out there too but in a more..relatable way. If you’ve read Another Little Piece, I’m sure sure you’re wondering what the HECK I’m talking about that Another Little Piece is relatable AT ALL – but the point that I guess I’m trying to make is that (Don’t You) Forget About Me is SO bizarre – WEIRD. At times, I wasn’t even sure that I wasn’t missing pieces of my OWN memories. Having to read and re-read and re-read almost every single passage and going back several pages to make sure that you didn’t accidentally miss or skip something turns old – fast. And after a while, it’s just plain annoying.
The writing is, of course, extremely good – lots of pretty prose. And the creativity is off the charts. But after I finished reading this book, I was just like – wait, what?
There are lots of things in this one that I liked: the weird world, the sister relationship, and those little pills (Forget Me Nots) but this was just a tad too weird, even for me.