[eaRC Review] (Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Title: (Don't You) Forget About Me
Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Fantasy, Mystery
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Release Date: June 10th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest 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.


When I read Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn I knew I was onto a new amazing author because that book blew me away. Kate has the ability to create a world unlike anything I have every read. Its creepy, and familiar but also so foreign that it takes you a bit to understand what it is you are actually reading.

(Don't You) Forget About Me is a book that I cannot really review because to this day I still don't really know what I read. I know I really enjoyed it, and I know it will stay with me until the end of time, but how do I explain it to someone who has not read it? in a simple answer, I can't.

Not everyone loves this type of book, where the author messes with your brain from the very beginning of the story. Is the narrator telling us the truth, does the story make sense, do the characters evoke real emotions or is the author places hints in the book to counteract what we just read. All of these things go through your head when you read this book because everything you are reading seem so unbelievable that you expect something else to be going on. And when you finally get the end when everything is revealed, you shut the book and think. Did that just happen??

Should you read this book? That depends on the type of reader you are. Do you want to finish the book and feel fulfilled and content with what you read? If you are then this is not the book for you. I you liked a mind f*$# of a book and finish it and wonder if what you just read actually happened, then yes please read this book. I understand that many people will dislike this book, its weird I get that. But honestly YA needs this kind of book to counteract all the novels that are the same. This book is a shining beacon in e genre that needs something different, and Kate is the person to give it to you.

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