Forget This Ever Happened
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.
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 140 x 210 x 22mm | 301g
- 01 Feb 2022
- HOLIDAY HOUSE INC
- New York, United States
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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