(don't You) Forget about Me

(don't You) Forget about Me

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Stephen King meets Tuck Everlasting in this eerie, compulsively page-turning tale of a girl haunted by the loss of her sister--and trapped by the mysterious power that fuels her small town.

Gardnerville seems like a paradise. But every four years, a strange madness compels the town's teenagers to commit terrible crimes. Four years ago, Skylar's sister, Piper, led her classmates on a midnight death march into a watery grave. Now Piper is gone. And to get her back, Skylar must find a way to end Gardnerville's murderous cycle.

From Kate Karyus Quinn, author of Another Little Piece, comes a mesmerizing and suspenseful novel that will thrill fans of Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys and Brenna Yovanoff's The Replacement.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 216 x 36mm | 408g
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • 0062135961
  • 9780062135964
  • 682,470

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Welcome to Gardnerville.

A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies . . . of natural causes.

But there's a price to pay for paradise. Every four years, the strange power that fuels the town takes its toll and a teenager commits a horrible crime--a crime that sends other teens to their graves. And every four years, the killer is locked up in the reformatory, only to emerge years later, a shell of their former self.

Four years ago, Skylar's sister, Piper, was taken away after leading her classmates onto the trestle bridge and commanding them to jump to their deaths. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, waiting for Piper to be released. But the secrets Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar--whispering that the only way to truly get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville's murderous cycle once and for all.
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Review quote

"Fans of Nova Ren Suma's Imaginary Girls (Dutton, 2011) will enjoy this dark and magical surrealism."--School Library Journal
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4 30% (660)
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2 12% (263)
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It's a truth universally acknowledged that if the book is weird and crazy, I will love it. And Don't You Forget About Me is all kinds of crazy. It's a frigging rainbow of crazy. Every four years, the teens in Gardnerville go mental. They blow **** up, murder, commit suicide, or simply explode up because of pent up energy. During a bad fourth year, someone made the sky go dark for six years. And during one particular fourth year, Piper made fourty teens jump off a bridge to their death. Skylar, Piper's younger sister, is now left behind. Skylar tries to forget, but there are just some memories that are so persistent they cannot be ignored. It's hard to describe what Don't You Forget About Me is like, because it's hard to compare it to other books. It's often vague, at times confusing, sometimes creepy, and crazy in a wonderfully calculated way. For a big chunk of the book the reader is kept in the dark as to what exactly is going on, analogous with Skylar, until everything fits together perfectly in the end. It's easy to come up with strange ideas and throw them into a story, but it takes extreme skill to make everything wrap up like Ms Quinn did. Skylar, the main character, is not easy to like. She's not particularly nice, has a pretty bad drug addiction and an obsession with her older sister. She's not bubbly, or self-sacrificing, or cute. She's bitter and hurt and holds secrets, even from herself. In short, she's what happens to a human when they see their sister kill dozens of teens. And yet she still loves Piper, and longs to find her in the Reformatory on the edge of Gardnerville, where Piper has been locked up. The story alternates between the running narrative of Skylar battling her demons, and memories from Skylar of years back adressed to Piper. At first I was a bit bored with these memories, thinking they were only meant to make us sympathise with Skylar and Piper, but in the end they turned out to be about more than that. Don't You Forget About Me is not an easy read. It's packed with emotion, especially towards the end. It's filled with themes like drug addiction, terror, child abuse (subtle, but there), grief, disillusionment, and some seriously messed up families. At times, it's not a pretty story. Don't You Forget About Me resembles a cat that has matted fur, lost and eye, has crooked ears and has a limp, that nevertheless (or maybe because of it) becomes something close to your heart. This book is probably not one that will appeal to everyone, but if you think you can handle the oddness, give it a shot. For me the book that comes closest to it in comparison is The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. Only then with a town where no one dies from illnesses, and with rats and fairy lights that kill and people that can control emotions and a magic train that brings fresh cattle.show more
by Celine
(Don't You) Forget About Me is a different kind of read brimming with magical realism. No one knows why some things happen, and it doesn't matter. They just accept it as fact and don't probe too deeply into their fortunes. The magical realism also seeps into the writing of the story. It's dark and somber, filled with many bizarre, inexplicable events. It's the kind of read that will appeal to some readers and make absolutely no sense to others. I can certainly see why some people would love this book. For me, however, the narration was so tangled and confused that the story had fallen flat long before the big reveals happen. The story alternates between past and present. When Sky narrates the past, she talks in second-person POV to her sister Piper. In the present, the story follows Sky as she unravels the secrets behind Gardnerville and what happened four years ago. Alternating past and present seems to be an attempt to build tension and raise questions as we piece together Sky's memories. However, Sky's memories are so fragmented and come at us in no particular order; on top of that, she's very disoriented in the present and doesn't seem to know what she's doing. She comes across as a confused narrator, which seems to be intentional, but it gives no focus to the storyline and does little to help us really get to know any of the characters. Sky is the most developed character with much of the story depending on us getting into her mind. To a certain extent, I was able to connect with her if only in our shared desires to find out the truth. The problem is that much of who she is comes about through events that we only learn late in the novel, and for the most part she remains a recovering druggie who took pills to forget the past. This results in a broken narration that's confused and scattered. The same goes for Piper. The other characters fall flat and don't appear much even when they play important roles in Sky's life, which was disappointing as some of them were pretty interesting characters. I would have liked to see the story spend some more time on things that take place outside of Sky's mind. The plot twist behind Gardnerville was interesting. I almost gave the story another star for it, but all things considered the story fell flat for me. It was pretty exciting to finally unravel the mysteries of the town. However, the reveal takes place so very late in the novel that the story didn't have much time to redeem itself for me. It also didn't have much time to wrap events up, and it felt like there were a lot of loose threads floating around at the end. The ending was so rushed. Pretty much all this book has going for it is the mystery. Unfortunately, the story spends so much time in Sky's mind reconstructing her thoughts and memories that other areas fall flat. The premise is interesting, however, and I would recommend this story for readers who enjoy novels that take their time building mystery and intrigue to give a big reveal at the end. For readers looking for more character development and action earlier on in the novel, I would skip this read. Review by Kris @Imaginary Readsshow more
by Kris
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