(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Mystery
Publication Date: June 10th 2014
ARC Provided by HarperTeen and Edelweiss
Christal’s Review – 4 Skulls – B
(Don’t You) Forget About Me was a strange, compelling, mind-boggling, mysterious good time. If you enjoyed Ms. Quinn’s previous book, Another Little Piece, I think you will like this one as well. The story is a bit disjointed and the narrator turns out to be very unreliable, but this crazy world was certainly entertaining. Not for the faint of heart, (Don’t You) Forget About Me was chalked full of creepy and, even now, is a little hard to explain.
No one dies in the town of Gardnerville; as a matter of fact, they never even get sick. People with life-threatening illnesses come here for a longer leash on life, but they don’t realize they will have to deal with the fourth years. What’s a fourth year you might wonder? Well, every fourth year a teenager finally cracks and brings pain and death to the town. This is the price of the magic that keeps Gardnerville healthy. When her sister, Piper, leads her classmates to their deaths during a fourth year, Skylar begins taking drugs to numb her mind and forget about the gaping hole in her life Piper left behind. The only problem is Gardnerville has a secret… a secret that Skylar needs to discover in order to get Piper back and to stop the power of the fourth years once and for all.
I don’t really know how to talk about (Don’t You) Forget About Me without spoiling something. Everything is wrapped within everything else to create one big ribbon of mystery. None of the characters can be trusted and the addition of the mind altering drugs makes everything just that much more surreal. I can totally understand how some readers will hate this book, but it blew me away. You really have to go into this one with an open mind and no expectations. Roll with the punches, go with the flow, and find a truly spectacular story.
Kate Karyus Quinn weaves a story in the present as well as providing a multitude of flashbacks to flesh out the relationship between Skylar and Piper. Also, because of Skylar’s drug use, events of the present are sometimes not fully revealed until she is able to resurrect her memories. This makes the timeline very patchy and fluid, but I think Ms. Quinn was still able to keep everything cohesive in (Don’t You) Forget About Me. I had my suspicions about Skylar’s family and, while close, I wasn’t 100% correct. I was kept guessing until the very end!
(Don’t You) Forget About Me is not an easy story and the back and forth will probably drive some readers crazy. But if you are looking for a completely out of the box read, this is your story. Kate Karyus Quinn has an unbelievably rich imagination and this book definitely has a place on my “favorites” shelf, right next to Another Little Piece. She has solidified herself as an auto buy author for me and I hope anyone that gives this book a try enjoys it as much as I did!
Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for providing an ARC copy of this book!
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