Review: (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

Don't You Forget About Me - Kate Karyus QuinnPublisher: Harper Teen (June 10th 2014)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Source: Edelweiss
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Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

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.


Alright, we are thinking it. Damn the song is stuck in my head. Maybe I should go watch The Breakfast Club. So we might as well listen to it right now: (oh let me know if you can’t see the embed media player, it should be working…)

Okay, onto the review!

People will tell you that this is just the way things go around here when someone is taken with the madness. Sometimes that means losing the May Queen and her convertible too.

(Don’t You) Forget About Me is actually a bit hard review simply because I don’t to accidentally spoil anything. It’s definitely one of those books that’s probably more enjoyable when you get to watch the story unfold for yourself.

We’ll start with  Gardnerville, a town that’s considered paradise, especially for the sick, but there’s a price to paid for that luxury. The kids of the town become “infected” with an urge for destruction, and every fourth year is the worst. The story follows Sky Gardner, of the Gardner family (that the town in named after), as she deals with the lose of her sister, Piper, to the reformatory during a fourth year. The story isn’t told strictly in the present, but we get a range of flashbacks that help us understand the dark secrets of Gardnerville.

Sky is a very intriguing character. She’s lost and confused, but she’s also bitter and angry. She wants to remember her sister, but at the same time forget the tragedies.

It’s funny- I don’t even remember what I am hiding from; all I know is I don’t want to know.

It’s like Sky is following Piper down the rabbit hole into a world of dark despair. It’s interesting to watch Sky go from willfully trying to forget to becoming almost resentful for trying to help achieve her sister’s goal for destruction, yet she can’t seem to stop once the motions have been set.

The story itself is a bit slow going (which might frustrate some people), it takes some time to build up to the annihilation of all the secrets and lies. Really this book is all about the build up and anticipation. There’s always this feeling of something creeping slowly, silently behind you, but you never know what’s there.

This is my first Kate Karyus Quinn book, but I can understand why people are big fans. I really enjoyed her writing, it was so elegant and she creates such beautiful descriptions. There’s just a bit of underlying dark humour, to go with the horror. Overall, (Don’t You) Forget About Me was a fantastic thrill full of dark secrets and surprise. Be prepared to have you mind messed with a bit. Oh, and I loved that Quinn uses the title of the book to her full advantage (along with many other awesome songs!) in the book.

It’s not often I want know someone’s secrets, but ever since I first met Foote, I’ve wanted to take hold of both his hands and let the skeletons in his closet dance with mine.

{Thanks to Harper Teen & Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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0 Replies to “Review: (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn”

  1. Oooh I loved how you described it as a fantastic dark thrill, I love the sound of this! I am really looking forward to discovering this book and seeing the mystery unveal. Lovely review ladies!

    1. Yay! I hope you enjoy it! This is definitely one of those books that you just want watch the mystery unveil!
      Thanks, Jeann (:

  2. Yes, dark is good! I love your review and added this to my list 🙂

    1. Agree! Thanks, hope you enjoy it!!

  3. Wow! That premise is scary, but interesting…I’ll have to ruminate before picking it up. I have the craziest dreams as it is. I don’t need nightmares! Lol

    1. Haha, oh boy! It’s definitely intriguing, and well worth the read! I hope you enjoy (and don’t get crazy nightmares!)

  4. The cover already caught my eye, then, your review caught my interest ! And now, I’ll be having *that* song going on in my head for the rest of the day lol ! Thanks for the review 🙂

    1. Yay. I hope you pick it, it’s a great read 😉 Haha, yes, the song is forever stuck in my head of this book.

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