Forget This Ever Happened

Forget This Ever Happened

3.76 (521 ratings by Goodreads)
3.76 (521 ratings by Goodreads)

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Sometimes there's a town called Indianola.

And sometimes there isn't.

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

June, 1993. Claire has been dumped in rural Indianola, Texas, to spend her whole vacation taking care of mean, sickly Grammy. There's nothing too remarkable about Indianola: it's run-down, shabby, and sweltering, a pin-dot on the Gulf Coast.

Except there is something remarkable. Memories shimmer and change. Lizards whisper riddles under the pecan trees. People disappear as if they never existed. Yesterday keeps coming unspooled, like a video tape. And worst of all, a red-lightning storm from beyond our world may just wipe the whole town off the map, if Claire and her maybe-girlfriend Julie can't stop it.

Because reality doesn't apply in Indianola. Indianola is not supposed to exist.

Surprising, brilliant, and, like, totally tight, Forget This Ever Happened is speculative horror at its finest, featuring a queer romance from a queer author and dark, dazzling world-building.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 22mm | 301g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0823451291
  • 9780823451296

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A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
A Reading the West Nominee

★ Small-town politics, weird creatures, and LGBTQ first love elevate this fast-paced piece of speculative horror... The town's mystery [unfolds] with a compulsively building menace, while delightfully alien monsters, sweet queer representation, and a riot grrrl soundtrack keep even tense moments fun.--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Forget This Ever Happened is a queer YA speculative fiction romance featuring monsters, hurricanes, time- and space-bending, and loads of 90s references!--The Nerd Daily

The slow-burn lesbian romance, convoluted family mysteries, and the paranormal aspects of memory loss and the nature of reality will hook readers... A twisty labyrinth.--Kirkus Reviews

Clarke slowly ratchets up the tension of this fascinating, genre-bending mystery... Original and compelling. --Booklist

The disorientation Claire feels as she makes her way through Indianola is shared by the reader to fun and atmospheric effect, and the depiction of the benign, but deeply out-of-place, monsters is well done... Mysterious.--School Library Journal

Forget This Ever Happened was so atmospheric and so gay! I loved the plot and the writing style... A unique and mind-bending atmosphere.--TBR and Beyond

A mystery filled with suspense [and] many plot twists that I enjoyed and never saw coming.--Belmont Public Library Online

Something which I haven't ever come across before... A perfect blend... Quite charming.--Yours A-fiction-ately

Claire and Julie's romance seemed completely genuine... Extremely interesting.--For the Novel Lovers

This book is weird in all the best ways and I LOVED IT! ...You know when a book lives up to its hype and it's just SO GOOD? That's what this book was for me!--Kait Plus Books
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About Cassandra Rose Clarke

Cassandra Rose Clarke has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and the Phillip K. Dick Award, and is frequently published in magazines like Fantasy & Science Fiction and Strange Horizons. Her 2012 novel THE ASSASSIN'S CURSE was a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year. She is a graduate of Clarion West, the country's premier writing program for speculative fiction.
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Rating details

521 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 23% (121)
4 41% (216)
3 26% (134)
2 7% (37)
1 2% (13)
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